by PuckStopsHere on 10/22/13 at 12:25 AM ET
I like to try to figure out who the worst player who continues to regularly play in the NHL each season. It is interesting to see what kind of players continue to get a chance to play despite inept results. Usually there is a somewhat established player who struggles out of the gate early in the season who holds this dishonor. It is rare that such a player doesn't have the ability to get n track eventually. This leaves behind goons and hard working but untalented fourth line players as the worst regular player in the league. A player who is hardworking is hard to scratch from a line-up even if he is untalented and unsuccessful because he outworks many of the players on his team and deserves some reward for that.
So far this season, I think the worst regular has been Alex Goligoski of the Dallas Stars. Goligoski is a good player who is considered a candidate to play on the US Olympic Team but his poor start is making that unlikely. He is the second highest paid defenceman on the team and is expected to play a big role on the Stars but so far he has failed. In eight games played he has no points and is tied for a league worst -10 +/-. His Corsi shows that when he is on the ice this season the other team controls the puck. Goligoski is off to an awful start. Despite this the Dallas Stars have been forced to play him. He is one of their most talented defencemen and should be able to recover and play a big role before the season ends. He has played over 19 minutes a game. This is down from over 22 minutes that he played in the season opener. It is a tough situation for Dallas when a key player is struggling like this. At this point, all they can do is hope that things will turn around soon. Until then, Alex Goligoski has been the worst player in the league so far this season.
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