It can range anywhere from one uncharacteristic succession of subpar outings to one off-year to one long wait to deliver postseason fulfillment. Every established NHL elite who is otherwise in his best years has at least one minor imprint of imperfection on an otherwise dazzling career transcript.
Some are fortunate enough to have had one of their most forgettable stretches occur within one of their best seasons and thus be swallowed up from memory. Others are letting a frustrating trend nag themselves and their team’s fanbase while arguably keeping them out of the very top echelon among active greats.
Regardless of which applies and how deep one has to dig, there are several superstars in the meaty middle of their NHL careers with one jutting blemish to be found.
Note that, with sample sizes in mind, only those who have played at least three seasons in the league are eligible for this slideshow.
In addition, the list omits those who were once superstars and will be surefire Hall of Famers, but are now in the twilight of their playing days. The focus here is on the glaring lowlights that have surfaced within the last decade and, in some cases, what those lowlights do for the player in question’s overall legacy at this point.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this slideshow were found via hockey-reference.com