Every NHL team has a star it looks toward to lift it to victory. It could be a goaltender who makes key saves, a two-way defenseman who contributes at both ends of the rink or a forward who comes through with clutch goals.
Not all NHL stars are created equal. Some are better that others, capable of elevating their play with the game on the line. Then there are those whose performances rarely meet expectations, receiving more credit for their actions than they deserve. Such players are considered overrated.
Several factors go into making a player overrated. Sometimes it's a good player feeling the pressure of justifying an expensive contract. There are those whose earlier NHL success overshadows their current performance. Sometimes a star can be placed into roles in which he is unsuited, forcing him to do more than his skills allow. Some develop a reputation as strong regular-season performer who comes up short in the playoffs.
The following is a ranking of the NHL's 10 most overrated players this season.