Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The NHL's worst faceoff men

I talked a little about Sidney Crosby's faceoff woes in my 'Rookie of the Month' post, but the numbers made me wonder — who is the NHL's worst faceoff man?

So, in having a look a the numbers on NHL.com, I got my answer: Sidney Crosby.

Lowest faceoff percentages
(among players with 50 or more draws this season)

  1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh. 40 wins/124 draws, 32.2%
  2. Mike Richards, Philadelphia. 39/114, 34.2%
  3. Shane Doan, Phoenix. 20/53, 37.7%
  4. Patrik Stefan, Atlanta. 54/142, 38%
  5. Rico Fata, Pittsburgh. 59/154, 38.3%
  6. Boyd Devereaux, Phoenix. 62/160, 38.3%
  7. Tim Connolly, Buffalo. 66/166, 39.8%
  8. Serge Aubin, Atlanta. 31/77, 40.3%
  9. Mike Ribeiro, Montreal. 51/124, 40.3%
  10. Mark Bell, Chicago. 53/130, 40.8%

For balance's sake, here are the cream of the crop:
  1. Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina. 235/372, 63.2%
  2. Martin Lapointe, Chicago. 38/61, 62.3%
  3. Yanic Perreault, Nashville. 96/155, 61.9%
  4. Jarret Stoll, Edmonton. 148/239, 61.9%
  5. Chris Drury, Buffalo. 192/314, 61.1%
  6. Joe Nieuwendyk, Florida. 67/111, 60.4%
  7. Mike Peca, Edmonton. 133/221, 60.2%
  8. Adam Hall, Nashville. 43/72, 59.7%
  9. Sean Avery, Los Angeles. 37/63, 58.7%
  10. Mike Sillinger, St. Louis. 129/220, 58.6%

Here are some NHL leaders in a few of the other, less-heralded stats categories:

Hits: Brendan Morrow, Dallas (50)
Blocked shots: Jay McKee, Buffalo, and Jason Smith, Edmonton (48)
Missed shots: Dion Phaneuf, Calgary (31)
Giveaways: Ales Hemsky, Edmonton (29)
Takeaways: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa (21)
Faceoffs taken: Brind'Amour (372)
Percentage of team faceoffs taken: Brind'Amour (44.5%)
Shooting percentage: Ryan Smyth, Edmonton (35%)
Shots per game: Jaromir Jagr, NY Rangers (5.4)
Icetime per game: Tomas Kaberle, Toronto (28:42)
Icetime per game (forward):
Even strength icetime per game: Kyle McLaren, San Jose (17:04)
Even strength icetime per game (forward): Brind'Amour (15:16)
SH icetime per game: Brendan Witt, Washington (7:18)
SH icetime per game (forward): Shawn Bates, NY Islanders (6:14)
PP icetime per game: Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta (8:51)
PP icetime per game (defence): Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh (8:49)
Shifts: Sami Salo, Vancouver (536)
Average time on ice per shift: Kovalchuk (60.4 seconds)
Minor penalties: Janne Niinimaa (17)

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At 7:21 p.m., November 08, 2005, Blogger Grampapinhead said...

On Crosby,
from my 'Tues. Hockey thoughts':
I got my first long look at the much touted Sidney Crosby, and was impressed. I am thinking maybe 4-5 yrs before he becomes adept at faceoffs. That skill seems to come around just as the reflexes start to wither, and then determination and experience begins to show.

At 12:27 p.m., November 09, 2005, Anonymous Arcanas said...

As usual, James, you are the man. I love stuff like this. Keep up the good work!

So, what are the odds of getting some more CIS stuff?

At 2:25 p.m., November 09, 2005, Blogger br. t. said...

Very interesting stats James, good find.

At 3:15 p.m., November 09, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...


I write CIS stuff every week, so I can get as much content for it as I want. I just wasn't sure what kind of an audience I'd find for it on a hockey blog. Maybe I'll try to get a few things up in the next week or so.

You a university football fan?

At 12:19 p.m., November 10, 2005, Anonymous Arcanas said...

I am indeed a CIS football fan, James, although I'm more focussed on the CFL at times (thus my site). It's hard to work at the U of S and NOT be a Huskies fan, though :P

And hey, if Off Wing can post on all sports when he's hockey centric, why couldn't you? It isn't so much the content (ie hockey), but the fact that you are a great writer, and you usually find something that nobody else has seen to pass along that makes your site great (such as this post...it's pure gold).

At 1:47 p.m., November 10, 2005, Blogger Tyler said...

Hey, wait, I thought the NHL said that Sid the Kid was the greatest hockey player ever, the coolest thing since ice cream, the best reason to watch the new NHL? You mean he's not great at everything? I'm stunned. Gosh, could it be that Alex Ovechkin might even be the better rookie? Nawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

At 3:56 p.m., November 11, 2005, Anonymous Ben said...

Sid doesn't have to be good at faceoffs. He's a winger now.


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