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SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:51 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 11:42 am

By Brian Stubits

It's always fun when players are asked who is the most overrated player in their sport. It often shows a divide on how players are perceived within the game vs. outside from the media and fans.

With that in mind, here are the results of Sports Illustrated's poll of 161 players asking them who the most overrated player in the league is.

Taking the cake? Vote-in All-Star defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although if Phaneuf gets wind of anybody who said it, they can expect one of his completely not overrated checks.

Second in the lineup is Alex Ovechkin from the Capitals. Considering the season-plus he has had, that's easy to see.

There are a couple of things that stick out to me. Players obviously are very aware of how much players are being paid and their corresponding production. Why else would Scott Gomez make No. 3 on this list? I think he fell off the rating radar more than a year ago for the fans/media side. He has become an afterthought for most people, that's how bad he has been. Same goes for Vincent Lecavalier, just to a much lesser extent than Gomez.

The other observation I made is that the list has a high number of Canadian-based players. Eight of the 15 on the list play for one of Canada's seven teams. The Calgary Flames, for example, have three players on the list. That leads me to wondering how Jarome Iginla could crack this list, but I digress.

A name I thought I'd see on here that's absent? Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Who's your pick for the most overrated?

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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:48 am

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

That's the thing though.  I've hardly ever heard anyone praising him before.  How can you be overrated when people consider you an above average player at best.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:47 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

I can see alot of these fans didn't watch the finals last summer , Kesler was the invisible man , at least thelma and louise got knocked around so people knew they where there , kessler did 2 things memorable back away from a fight with Shawn Thornton and got beat up by little guy Andrew Ference other than that you wouldn't have been able to tell he even played , alot of people will give him a passs because he is American

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:42 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

My pick would be Ryan Kessler

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:07 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Kesler was the only name that really shocked me on list.  I've honestly not heard enough people praise him to even be able to consider him over rated.  Add onto that fact that he has 31 points in 39 games.  After just coming back from surgery.  I just don't see him as an over rated guy.  Maybe not a very well liked player, but not over rated.

Looking at the a lot of the names.  I can't help wondering how much jealousy went into these picks.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:53 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

I live in Toronto. I agree that the Leafs don't deserve all the adulation they get from their fan-base, but I dont think Phaneuf is the MOST overrated this season.  He has been decent enough this year to move down to at least 5th most overrated.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:40 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

I agree with you Pete, Kesler won the Selke award for best 2-way forward and Iginla will be in the Hall of Fame.  Ovechkin, is a Jekyl-Hyde phenom, up until last year he was the best player in the NHL, could take over a game better than anyone else.  But, the last two years he isn't even the best player on the Capitals, IMO Backstrom has been the best.  As for the rest of the list, it looks pretty good.  Could replace Kesler and Iginla with Briere and Bryzgalov.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:00 am

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

I agree with some of them (Luongo, Heatley, Kovy, etc.), but the fact that Kesler and Iginla are on the list makes it lose all credibility. And as others have said, guys like Gomez and Lecavalier aren't rated highly by anybody anymore so how could they be overrated? It's pretty clear the players they talked to have some personal beef with some of the guys.

I've never been a fan of OV, but I'm on the other side of the Sid-OV debate. I find it funny though, a couple years ago, he was winning the Lester B. Pearson Award. Now he's the second most overrated player in the NHL according to the players. It's hard to say he's not overrated at this point though. A year and a half of very underwhelming stats for a guy getting paid $9M/year and that was once considered #1 or #2 in the world.

It would be nice to have a quote or 2 of why the players thought each player was overrated.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:38 am

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

# 17 on NJ should win this hands down

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:45 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

that list is ridiculous, maybe 3-4 of those guys should be on there, MAYBE, but that's it.

this could be a "most over paid" list, or a "least popular" list, but "most overrated doesnt' fit"

OV - come on, he's like a 2-3 time hart winner, 2 rocket richards, he's having a down year, he's not overrated

phaneuf - i HATE the guy, and he's definately way overpaid, but he's still a very solid d-man (and the argument between ddriver and mr famous, well you guys are both wrong, his production is not what ddriver claims it is, other than once 5 years ago, phaneuf is a 40-45 pt d-man, not a "60 pts per year" guy as you claim.  HOWEVER, he's also worth more than 1.5 mil, come on man, that's like hal gill money.  i'd be happy with phaneuf at between 4 & 5 mil)

iginla - COME ON MAN, first ballot HOF player, still putting up good numbers on a terrible team.  it's not called overrated, it's called getting older

kessler - again, like phaneuf, i hate the guy, but HOW ON EARTH is 41 goals and a selke trophy considered overrated.  if anything, kessler is underrated.

gomez - the guy sucks, everyone knows it, NOBODY says he's good, so how can he be overrated.  again, BRUTALLY OVERPAID, not overrated.

heatley - agree 100%, he's been getting consistently worse for 5 years.  he used to be a premier player, now i'd consider him an average 2nd line player at best.

semin - agreed. the guy COULD be awesome, but he just doesn't care

kovy - maybe a little overrated, but not even close to the top of that list

guys i might add: subban, hemsky, kulemin, carter, m. richards, okposo........
i'm sure there are 1-2 ottawa players, but i just don't have the hear to add them

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:58 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Just found the article with the list.   This really isnt worth talking about.  Phaneuf got 20% of the 161 votes.  Which works out to be 32 players.  Wow 32 players in the NHL don't like Phaneuf and voted him.   Probably why Pronger got some votes too.  Sports Illustrated is such a garbage magazine.  Just a bunch of pictures with no content in their articles

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