by Forechecker on 10/27/08 at 02:30 PM ET
The common wisdom says that younger players need to pay their dues before getting respect from the referees, but a look at updated Penalty Plus/Minus data shows a surprising number of rookies and 2nd-year players drawing calls at a tremendous rate. And look who’s working their way up the leaderboard… none other than everyone’s favorite fashion magazine intern, Sean Avery.
Also, I’ve added a Position column so enterprising readers can slice & dice along another line of analysis. So let’s take a look…
Data updated through games of October 25, 2008
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San Jose’s Devin Setoguchi continues to head the list at +8, which helps explain why the Sharks are among the league leaders with 48 power play opportunities (exceeded only by the Rangers’ 54). Other young notables include Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta at +6, and Nashville’s Ryan Jones at +5, despite having played only six of the Predators’ first eight games.
At the bottom of the list, the surprises are the big-name forwards who should be drawing penalties, not taking them. The list of suspects there includes Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, and Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen.
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