Biggest Disappointments of the 2013 NHL Season

Ryan O'Leary@BR0LearyFeatured Columnist IMarch 20, 2013

A cursory look at the 2013 NHL standings will result in a few major shocking discoveries. Chief among them, the Washington Capitals sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race and fourth in a troubled Southeast Division.

There's no doubt that Alexander Ovechkin is at the forefront of the criticism this year, largely due to his lackluster offensive production and uninspired leadership as team captain. But, of course, it takes 20 guys on an NHL roster to win and lose, so the finger should also be pointed in the direction Nicklas Backstrom, the newly added Mike Ribeiro, and Mike Green.

But the Caps aren't the only major disappointment in the NHL. The San Jose Sharks are right there with Washington after winning just one game in their last seven decisions. This after winning their first seven games, largely fueled by a flurry of goals from Patrick Marleau. But recently, Marleau and his teammates have joined the witness protection program.

So, what other teams are major disappointments this season? Check out Bleacher Report's latest video for a full breakdown of hockey underachievers.