Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/11/13 at 03:03 PM ET
from Neil Greenberg at Capitals Insider,
Disciplined aggression looks at how a skater fares at being aggressive while benefiting the team with hits and takeaways, but not causing the team to go short handed due to taking minor penalties. Using the Disciplined Aggression Proxy (Hits+Takeaways / Minor penalties), a metric created by Iain Fyffe, we can recognize physical play in the right context.
For example: Over the last two seasons, Nashville Predators blueliner Kevin Kline has been credited with 150 hits and 48 takeaways in 113 games, but has taken just four minor penalties, giving him a DAP of 49.5 — highest among skaters playing 100 or more games over that time span. Kline skates a majority of his even-strength time against top opponents and led the Predators in penalty-killing ice time last season, earning him a five-year contract extension worth $14.5 million....
Up front, Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly (29.1 DAP) has made removing the puck by use of his stick an art form, registering 135 takeaways and 69 hits while being called for just seven minors over the past two campaigns. Rounding out this aggressive-but-disciplined “top line” are Ontario natives Matt Moulson (26.8 DAP) and Matt Read (26.3), both causing havoc for their Eastern Conference teams without yielding too many power-play opportunities to the opposition.
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