Jonathan Huberdeau brutally misses a wide open net.

Jonathan Huberdeau brutally misses a wide open net.

The Calgary Flames' 10 million dollar player has struggled this season but this was a new low.

Jonathan Larivee

The talk in Calgary this weekend may focus around Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau but unfortunately for Huberdeau it will be for all the wrong reasons.

Huberdeau has been the target of much criticism this season, the first in the 8 year deal he signed this summer that carries an average annual value and cap hit of $10.5 million, and on Saturday afternoon that criticism may have reached it's boiling point.

Huberdeau and the Flames were taking on the New Jersey Devils and the Flames were coming off one of their best first periods of the season thus far, establishing a 1-0 lead over the Devils thanks to a shorthanded goal. In fact the Flames were gifted a golden opportunity to cement that lead in the game's second period when Huberdeau had the chance to fire off a shot at a wide open net.

Rather than give his team some insurance and a 2-0 lead, Huberdeau completely whiffed on his shot and came nowhere near to putting the puck in the back of the net. To make matters worse, the momentum would shift seemingly at this moment in the game and the Devils would mount the comeback, scoring 3 unanswered goals following Huberdeau's mistake.

As I mentioned, fans haven't exactly been happy with Huberdeau's performance this season and as you might expect the reaction to today's flub was not a positive one.

Huberdeau will no doubt be asked about this following the conclusion of today's game.