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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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Comments

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:42 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

ahhh leaf fans getting bend out of shape hah

gotta love it how DDriver80 says that another poster is too stupid and that he's not replying to him... yet he's done so three times already :P

Not saying I completely disagree with Phaneuf being on that list, but he'd definitely deserve it more last year than this year.  This year, he's definitely found his offensive game once again, but he's not as big a force defensively as he's given credit for.  No question that the guy can still hit, but I'd still say he's got to keep going at the clip he's going, and start out the same next year before he can shake the overrated tag.

Ovie, on the other hand, no question he should have won this one, based off of this year.  He's had just a terrible year, and only another 45 years on his contract.  He really doesn't put in the effort, and it's truly a shame he's got the "C" on that team.  I'm definitely an Ovie fan, specially in the Ovie/Sid debate, but he's really making us sid-haters look silly now.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:31 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated


I'm not even going to bother responding to you because you are a complete moron.

Have fun getting blown out by the Leafs 7-1
Awww, what's the matter?  Baby check Phaneuf's stats and find out he was wrong? 

Good luck rooting for your crap team.  The Leafs haven't been relevant since long before the Capitals even existed.  G'nite!



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:15 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

@misterfamous

I'm not even going to bother responding to you because you are a complete moron.

Have fun getting blown out by the Leafs 7-1



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:14 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Really?  What league is this in?  He hit 60 pts ONCE in 2007-08 and hasn't come close since.  For a defenseman who averages about 40 pts, takes 80-100 PIMs a year, and who has a barely career positive +/-, that's about $1.5M only.  Perhaps a self-deluded team (and its fans) want to pay him more.
#1.  He CAN put up 60 points in the NHL. He's on pace for close to that this year, and is a probably 50 point guy yearly.

+/- Don't even get me started on that awful awful stat. I mean really, don't even bother using that stat ever again thats how dumb a stat it is.

You are a complete idiot.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:03 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Phaneuf has been solid for the Leafs this year.  Was it coincidence that when Phaneuf was hurt last year the Leafs swooned?   The players that voted this arent in the Leafs dressing room.  So how do they know or we know for that matter how valuable he is to the dressing room.   Also who are the players that voted?  What teams do they play for?  Where are they from?   Stupid Poll!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:34 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

wrote:

Yeah, a guy who can put up 60 pts a year as a D-Man and play solid enough in his own zone (not elite or even great by any means) should only make 1.5 a year.  Idiot
Really?  What league is this in?  He hit 60 pts ONCE in 2007-08 and hasn't come close since.  For a defenseman who averages about 40 pts, takes 80-100 PIMs a year, and who has a barely career positive +/-, that's about $1.5M only.  Perhaps a self-deluded team (and its fans) want to pay him more.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:58 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Dion Phaneuf, I've never understood the hype.  Hard-hitting, but not devastatingly so.  He'd be worth about $1.5 mil / year on a well-run team.
Yeah, a guy who can put up 60 pts a year as a D-Man and play solid enough in his own zone (not elite or even great by any means) should only make 1.5 a year.  Idiot



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:33 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

With players like Chris Pronger, Ed Jovanovski, Jarome Iginla and Dany Heatley, Roberto Luongo etc. on the list, this seems to be a list of who's production has dropped off the greatest in the last few years. Ovi and Kesler are really the only two I'd call  overrated. Everyone knows some of these guys have slowed down but that's going to come with age and players just getting better.




Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:30 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Can't argue with that group.  I'd add Dany Heatley/Martin Havlat to that list.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:03 pm
 

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Ryan Miller along with most of the Sabres roster would be on my list.


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