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Worst Regular This Season

I like to keep track of the player who is playing regularly in the NHL.  It is interesting to see which players keep getting playing time despite failing.  Almost two weeks ago, I picked Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings as the worst regular so far in the season.  Lewis has broken out of his early season funk.  He has four points in his last six games.  He remains the player with the Kings worst +/- rating and hence is questionable as a regular, but if he keeps scoring he is earning his roster spot.

His spot as the worst regular in the league now belongs to Jimmy Hayes of the Boston Bruins.  Hayes has 14 games played with no points scored and a -9 +/- rating. 

Hayes is a checking line forward in Boston.  He has already journeyed around several NHL clubs.  The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted him in 2008.  In 2010 before he played an NHL game he was traded to Chicago for a draft pick.  In Chicago he played in 43 NHL games in a little over two NHL seasons.  He was then traded onto Florida.  In Florida, he played two seasons scoring a career best 35 points in the 2014/15 season.  He was then traded onto Boston.  In total Hayes has 95 points in his 257 games played.

Boston is starting to question why Jimmy Hayes is on their roster.  He has been a healthy scratch in two games recently.  He is back in the line-up again but he wil likely have to produce to remain an NHL regular.  So far he has been the worst player in the league this season.

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ilovehomers's avatar

For a proponent of fancy stats, you sure do put a lot of stock into +/-.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/15/16 at 11:27 AM ET

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