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The Central Divsion’s Top Five Overrated Players

By Skylar Peters
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Oct 4, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) takes a shot during the first period against the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

#2: T.J. Oshie

It seems that America had a new hero when T.J. Oshie went 4-for-6 in the shootout against host Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, bringing USA the win in the preliminary game. What he’s done at the NHL level, however, is not as impressive, and Oshie has earned a undeserved reputation after a tournament in which he was not wearing the jersey of his NHL club. Like Iginla, Oshie has yet to find true success in his NHL career, although there is certainly many years left for the 27-year old. For the past several years, Oshie, along with Blues teammates such as David Backes, have been counted on to shoulder the weight of the teams’ offense during ‘crunch time’, and for the past three years, they have failed to make it past the second round, despite all the regular-season success the team has had. Also, as a Canadian (and Blackhawks fan) I think we can all agree that Jonathan Toews going three-for-three in an elimination game is a far more impressive feat, when considering international competition shootout performances.

#1: Evander Kane

No one has struggled quite as much as Evander Kane over the past few seasons, as the former fourth overall pick has struggled to find consistency, much like his team, the Winnipeg Jets. Things got jokingly bad for Kane at the end of the 2013-14 season, when he was benched for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after showing up to the rink late. With only 41 points in 67 games, Kane will have to find his stride in the 2014-15 season, or else be at the forefront of trade rumors yet again. Between the 66 PIMs, and a -7 rating, Kane not only has work to do with the puck on his stick, but without it, too. Yet, the Jets lean on Kane to ‘bring home the bacon’ on a nightly basis, when last season, he proved ineffective for most of the season, combining an injury-riddled year with poor on-ice performance. On a Jets team that seriously lacks it’s firepower, Kane will have to deliver for Winnipeg if they want any hope of crawling out of the Division’s basement this season.

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