Draft Guide

Martin is a step above in hits

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Hits

 

Matt Martin dominated the hits column last week with a league-high 31 in just four games.  Of course, him standing out in hits has been par for the course as he now has 150 in 28 games while the next highest player is Leo Komarov, who has 126 hits in 27 contests.  Martin's Islanders teammate, Cal Clutterbuck, finished second in hits last week with 23.  Clutterbuck has 124 hits in 28 games, which is good for third place in the NHL.  Matt Bartkowski dished out 17 hits last week, including seven against Anaheim on Nov. 30.  He now has 53 hits in 27 games in 2015-16 after recording 88 hits in 47 contests last season.  Mark Borowiecki has been credited with at least five hits in five of his last six contests.  He now has 114 hits in 27 games this season.

 

Blocks

 

Ben Lovejoy has blocked at least one shot in each of his last nine games.  He's now up to 41 blocks in 26 games this season.  Dan Girardi blocked 11 shots last week, including five in Sunday's contest against Detroit.  He has 67 blocks in 2015-16, which is good for eighth place in the league.  Michael Del Zotto led the league last week though with 12 blocked shots.  That's brought him up to 50 blocks in 27 contests in 2015-16.  Oscar Klefbom has gotten in front of at least three shots in five of his last six contests.  He has 60 blocks in 28 games after recording 102 in 60 contests in 2014-15.

 

Draws

 

Jean-Gabriel Pageau was at best mediocre on the draw in his 87 NHL games going into this season, but that's changed in 2015-16.  He has won at least 52% of his draws in each of his last eight games and now has a 54.4% faceoff success rate overall this season.  Pavel Datsyuk won at least 60% of his draws in each of his last three contests.  He's now won 56.3% of his faceoffs so far in 2015-16 compared to his career rate of 53.9%.  Ryan O'Reilly won more faceoffs than any other player last week (54 in 89 attempts).  He has a 59.1 winning percentage this season and a 52.6% success rate over the course of his career.  Ryan Kesler won 14 of 18 faceoffs on Sunday, making it the fourth time in five games that he's won at least 60% of his faceoffs.  That's brought up his 2015-16 success rate on the draw to 56.9%.  He finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 56.3 winning percentage.


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