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Worst Regular So Far This Season

I find it interesting to try to pick the worst regular player in the NHL in any given season.  Often it shows a flaw in the way some teams are built.  There are players who remain in the line-up despite failure.  Usually these players are hard working grinders with limited ability.

I think it is reasonable to pick Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings as the worst regular so far this season.  In ten games played he has no points and a -9 +/- rating.  Lewis has had +/- problems in the past.  Last year he posted the 13th worst adjusted +/- in the league.  On a good puck possession team in Los Angeles, he has got away with this without being singled out by fans and the media.  Lewis's career best is 25 points in 2013/14.  He doesn't score much.  In 434 career games to date he has 89 points.  Despite being on a top team, he has had a negative +/- rating over his career. 

Lewis is played as a solid depth player in Los Angeles.  He is signed for $2 million a year.  At best he has been a replacement level player and so far this season he has been worse than that.  Probably Lewis will improve this season as he regresses to his established average level of play but he is unlikely to be an important member of the Los Angeles Kings.  In fact the Kings might improve if they can replace him with a solid NHL player.  Lewis is an example of a player who is well liked by fans and teammates and thus hard to pull from the line-up even when he struggles.  So far this season he has been the worst regular in the league.

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