by PuckStopsHere on 02/03/13 at 02:04 PM ET
One thing I have found interesting is to try to identify the worst regular in the NHL in a season. It is interesting to see what kind of player continues to be given playing time despite failing with it. So far this season I think our inept leader has been Brian Lee of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lee is a big hard working defenceman who hits and blocks shots. He is a former first round pick with high expectations. At age 25 it is starting to look like he won't turn out to be a solid NHL player, but he is still getting shots.
So far this season Lee has no points in seven games. He is the only minus player on the high scoring Tampa Bay Lightning and his -6 is well into the minuses.
Lee may play a physical game but it doesn't stop his opponents from scoring and he has no ability to create offensive abilities for his team. On a successful team, as Tampa has been so far, there is less desire to change things up to make things work so perhaps that is why Lee keeps getting playing time.
Lee is a good example of a worst regular in the NHL. He is a hard working physical player who is struggling. He doesn't stop his opponents from scoring or score points. He has been a waste of a roster spot. However as a former first round draft pick he usually gets more chances than other players who were not as highly rated by scouts seven years ago in his draft time.
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