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Fantasy Nuggets

Week 25 Fantasy Nuggets

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Last year I occasionally did an article highlighting five interesting statistics.  With the 2015-16 regular season winding down, I thought now would be a good time to revive that, so here are five statistics that I find to be interesting or a little odd.


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1) Of Cody Eakin's 16 goals, four of them have been empty netters.


Brad Marchand is the league leader in empty-net goals with five, but he also 34 markers overall, so those empty netters account for a much smaller portion of his total.  Other players with a significant number of empty-net goals this season include Evander Kane (four ENG, 20 overall), Frans Nielsen (four ENG, 19 overall), and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (four ENG, 19 overall).


2) Taylor Hall and Jaromir Jagr have excelled in even strength, but haven't chipped in much with the man advantage.


Of Hall's 58 points this season, 48 of them have been recorded at even strength while just nine of Jagr's 55 points were registered with the man advantage.  Compare that against Patrick Kane, who leads the league with 60 even-strength points (EVP), but has also enjoyed 32 power-play points (PPP).


By contrast to Hall and Jagr, Evgeni Malkin has recorded 31 EVP, but he's tied for third in the league with 27 PPP.  Nicklas Backstrom ranks second in PPP with 29, but he's tied for 41st in the league in EVP with 36.


3) The majority of Evgeny Kuznetsov's minor penalties are hooking calls while nearly half of T.J. Oshie's minors are interference.


Kuznetsov has only accumulated 15 minor penalties all season, but he still leads the league in hooking calls with nine.  Patrice Bergeron ranks second with eight hooking calls out of a total 21 minor penalties.


As for Oshie, he actually doesn't lead the league in interference calls, but his percentage (seven interferences out of 16 total minor penalties) is greater than the actual leader, Josh Gorges (nine interferences out of 23 minors).


4) Among players that have participated in at least 30 games this season, Nazem Kadri leads the pack with 2.53 Minor Penalties Drawn per 60 minutes.


If you watch Steve Dangle's Leafs Fan Reaction videos, you're probably familiar with his bit about "Nazem Kadri Bob Ross" who explains how to draw a penalty.  Well, that sentiment isn't just anecdotal, Kadri is the league leader in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes.  The next highest is Bobby Farnham who has drawn 2.34 per 60 and only five players have averaged more than two per game (the others are Cedric Paquette, Tom Wilson, and Derek Dorsett).


The other thing of note with that list is that most of them take quite a few minor penalties themselves and while Kadri certainly isn't the most disciplined player in the league, he is the only player among those five that averaged over one drawn penalties more than taken penalties.  In fact in Wilson's case, he was a net negative in that regard because he averaged 2.50 penalties taken per 60 compared to his 2.31 penalties drawn.


5) Among players that have participated in at least five games, Connor McDavid ranks third with 3.47 points per 60 minutes.


McDavid has averaged 3.47 points per 60 minutes this season, which puts him ahead of Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and obviously many others.  The only two players that have outpaced him are Evgeny Kuznetsov (3.50) and Patrick Kane (3.65).


McDavid currently ranks fifth in the rookie scoring race with 42 points in 39 contests and there's still an outside chance he'll end up in second place, ahead of Jack Eichel, who has 49 points in 73 games.


Hopefully injuries won't be a recurring theme in McDavid's career because based on what we've seen in his rookie campaign, he's already one of the league's best players when healthy.

Ryan Dadoun
Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.