And the top defensive forward would be...
Using the same formula I used in the previous post on defensive defencemen, here's a look at what the numbers say about who are the best defensive forwards so far this season:
|NAME||POS||TEAM||GP||QUAL COMP||5-on-5 GAON/60||4-on-5 GAON/60|
There's an awful lot of Detroit in there at the top, which is to be expected given the season the Red Wings have had (up until recently, I suppose).
Players had to put in a certain amount of minutes per game on the penalty kill, which leaves us with quite a few unheralded defensive players. I'd also give a lot of credence to the quality of competition numbers, as forwards used in a shutdown role obviously have a tougher task when matched up against the best snipers in the league.
Anaheim's defensive crew apparently hasn't missed a beat even with Sami Pahlsson missing considerable time due to injury.