Golden Knights rookie William Carrier continues to excel when it comes to hits. He’s gotten at least two in each game and recorded a season-high 10 hits on Sunday. He leads the league with 59 hits in 12 contests. Teammate Ryan Reaves ranks second with 48 hits in 12 contests. He had a run of three straight games from Oct. 20-26 where he was credited with seven hits per game. Marcus Foligno has had eight straight multi-hit games. He’s up to 38 hits in 12 contests. Matt Martin has 12 hits over his last three games. That brings him up to 38 hits in 10 games.
Ryan McDonagh has been credited with at least one block in nine consecutive games. He has 25 blocks in 11 games. Colin Miller has gotten eight blocks over his last three contests. He has 16 blocks in 12 games in 2018-19. Ian Cole blocked six shots on Oct. 24 and another eight on Oct. 27. He already has 39 blocks in 12 games, which puts him in a tie with the injured Alexander Edler for first place in the NHL. Kris Russell is on a 10-game multi-block streak. He ranks fourth in the NHL with 35 blocks in 11 contests.
Young players typically aren’t known or excelling on the draw, but Nolan Patrick has done just that so far in his sophomore season. He’s won an incredible 36-of-51 faceoffs (70.6%) over his last four games. He has a 62.6% success rate after finishing 2017-18 at 50.6%. Just to highlight how rare it is for players to come into the league and do well on the draw, Patrick was one of just 14 rookies dating back to 2005-06 that had a positive faceoff percentage (min. 500 draws). Jordan Staal wasn’t one of those rookies (he only had 383 faceoffs as a rookie, but that’s moot given that his success rate was just 37.1%), but he’s developed into a big threat on the draw. So far this season he’s won 172-of-278 draws for 61.9%, which would be a new career-high for him if he maintains it. Phillip Danault has won 55-of-88 faceoffs (62.5%) over his last four games. He has a 52.3% success rate this season, up from his career average of 51%. Mikko Koivu won the majority of his faceoffs in seven straight games from Oct. 13-29. He’s won 55% of his draws in 11 games this season, up from 51.4% last season.