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Penalty Plus-Minus Weekly Update

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.


Filed in: NHL Statistical Analysis, | On the Forecheck | Permalink
  Tags: brenden+morrow, devin+setoguchi, olli+jokinen, patrick+kaleta, ryan+jones, sean+avery, shane+doan


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