This article is part of our The One-Timer series.
This installment of recent hockey nostalgia will focus on players who hurt fantasy owners the most this season. You know, the ones who came in with high expectations but ultimately cost you a shot at the title by regularly underperforming.
The following list won't include anyone whose performance dropped off due to a significant injury. And as much as I'd like to stay away from using age as an excuse, at least one of the entries discussed below seems to be slowing down in his later years. Will any rebound next season? Perhaps. Would this information be relevant to this column? Not really.
Without further increasing the suspense, here are the best of the worst from 2017-18:
5. Oscar Klefbom, D, Edmonton
It took some time, but the 19th pick from 2011 finally broke out offensively last season. Klefbom would go on to notch 38 points – 16 coming on the power play – while skating more than 22 minutes a night and appearing in all 82 games. A repeat performance was expected this year, but his attacking totals fell significantly short. While Klefbom's campaign ended prematurely a couple weeks ago after undergoing shoulder surgery, the five goals and 12 assists in 66 games achieved beforehand proved disappointing. The supine Swede carried over similar ice times on both even strength and special teams, but only managed a total of six points on the man-advantage. If a positive can be drawn from the collection of Klefbom's numbers, it would be