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Most overused forward in the Western Conference?

December 27, 2018, 11:41 AM ET [7 Comments]
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In this edition of the hotstove we share our thoughts on the most overused forward(s) in the Western Conference.

Todd Cordell

Ryan Kesler.

Once a spectacular two-way center, age – and injuries – have really caught up with him.

The Anaheim Ducks are controlling 44.7% of the shot attempts and 41.01% of the scoring chances with Kesler on the ice at 5v5. Both numbers rank him at or near the bottom of the list among forwards to regularly dress for the Ducks.

Making matters worse is the individual production has been non-existent. His rate numbers (.42 points/60, 4.82 chances/60) are horrendous and the raw totals somehow look even worse. He has three 5v5 points in 35 games. Three! He doesn't even have one assist in his back pocket.

Those are shockingly bad numbers for a big-name, big-ticket player who has mostly centered the 2nd line.

Solely looking at the results, it's clear he should not be relied upon as heavily as he is.

Peter Tessier

Is there anyone to choose from other than Milan Lucic? It's ugly with him and he's basically being played to dry and get water from a stone(hands).

The amazing thing with Lucic is he's a break even in Corsi but that's basically because there are one or two guys dragging him around the ice. his goals for/60 is .88 at 5vs5 and his shots for/60 is the 5th worst on the team.

Lucic is not so much as overused as he's a desperation point for the team, trying to draw something out of him to regain some iota of value from that disastrous contract. He's used in spite of himself and that's the scariest part about his role and there are few players getting that kind of money giving .59pts/60.

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