Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban and Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine are viewed as the most overrated players in the league in an NHL player poll released by The Athletic on Thursday.
According to Ian Denomme of The Athletic, Subban collected 23 per cent of the vote, while nine per cent of those balloted picked Laine. Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad was third, collecting six per cent of the vote, followed by Los Angeles Kings defenceman Dion Phaneuf and San Jose Sharks blueliner Erik Karlsson at four per cent.
A total of 46 players received at least one vote and of the 198 players surveyed, only 63 per cent answered the question.
Subban, 29, is the highest-paid defenceman in the league this season with a $9 million cap hit. He has six goals and 23 points in 47 games this season and ranks fourth on the Predators with an average on 22:14 of ice time per game.
His salary will be topped next season when Kings blueliner Drew Doughty's extension kicks in, carrying an $11 million cap hit.
Laine, 20, ranked second in the league with 44 goals last season, and sits at 29 goals this season after ending a 15-game goal drought last week. The second-overall pick in 2016 has a total of 109 goals and 176 points in 218 games since entering the league. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.