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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: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:48 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

Sadly, it's true for Ovechkin.  Once, one of a goalie's worst nightmares, Ovechkin has come down to earth.  The talent is there, even if it's been compromised by two new defense-first schemes, ever-changing linemates, and Ovechkin's own bravado.  I have hope for him though, when Evgeny Kuznetsov joins the Capitals next year, the competition will boost production for Ovechkin back to 40+ territory.

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.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:30 pm

SI players poll: Phaneuf, Ovechkin most overrated

A year ago, you could have said it for Phaneuf, but not this year. His defensive play has GREATLY improved.

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