by PuckStopsHere on 12/01/13 at 09:47 PM ET
Three weeks ago I picked Tom Sestito of the Vancouver Canucks as the worst player so far this season. He has scored two goals since that point to move him out of the cellar but he remains a player with poor puck possession numbers who rarely scores, yet nonetheless dresses every game despite only getting played a bit over five minutes per game.
I think a better pick as the worst regular player in the NHL this season is Mike Weber of the Buffalo Sabres. He has no points in his 15 games while posting a -15 +/- rating. He was a strong contender for this dishonor earlier in the year when he missed ten games with an upper body injury. Weber has come back from injury and been equally ineffective in his four games since coming back.
Weber has been able to be worse than Sestito in part because he plays over 16 minutes a game. The Buffalo Sabres are a bad team. They were counting on Weber to play a regular shift and even though he has failed in it, they have no other solution to use those minutes. Weber has never been a great defenceman but he was able to score 17 points and post a +13 +/- rating in 2010/11. He has been unable to match those modest numbers since then and things are getting progressively worse.
The Buffalo Sabres are having an awful season and a part of their failure is that they have been playing a totally ineffective defenceman on a regular shift. Weber has been the worst regular in the NHL so far this season. Buffalo would likely make minor improvements if they could replace him with another borderline NHL player. Weber has been playing well below the level of a borderline NHL player so far this season.
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