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SI poll: Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf most overrated NHLer

Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel (left) celebrates teammate Dion Phaneuf's goal against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) during first period NHL action in Toronto on Saturday January 7, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel (left) celebrates teammate Dion Phaneuf's goal against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) during first period NHL action in Toronto on Saturday January 7, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Dion Phaneuf is the most overrated player in the NHL, according to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated released Wednesday.

The magazine asked 161 current NHLers their opinion on the league's most overrated players and the Toronto Maple Leafs captain came out on top.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was second, while Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez was third.

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was fourth, followed by Dany Heatley of the Minnesota Wild in fifth and Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils in sixth.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier ranked seventh on the list, while Calgary Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester was eighth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Vancouver's Ryan Kesler in ninth and Toronto's Mike Komisarek in 10th.

SI also released a list of the 15 most underrated players, with Dallas Stars forwards Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn first and second respectively.

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