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Kesler excels on the draw

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



Matt Martin continued his early season dominance in this category by leading the league with another 17 hits in just three games last week.  That brings him up with 28 hits in five contests.  Ryan Garbutt and Matt Beleskey are tied for second place with 22 hits each in five games.  Garbutt has been consistent thus far by recording at least three hits in each of his contests.  On the other hand, Beleskey wasn't credited with a single hit on Wednesday, but he had 10 in Boston's 5-3 win over Arizona on Saturday.  In terms of last week's rankings, Troy Brouwer finished just below Martin with 16 hits in four games.




Francois Beauchemin and Kris Russell led the pack last week with 12 blocks in three games.  For Beauchemin, that puts him up to 24 blocked shots in five contests this season after he recorded 107 in 64 contests in 2014-15.  Russell had 283 blocks in 79 games last season and has 17 in five contests this time around.  Nathan MacKinnon led all forwards with nine blocks in three games last week, including six versus Anaheim on Friday.  That brings him up to 12 blocks in five contests.  Sami Vatanen has blocked at least two shots in each of his first five games, giving him 13 so far this season.  He had 123 blocks in 67 games in 2014-15.




Ryan Kesler won 50 of his 84 draws last week, including 19 out of 25 in a 4-0 loss to Arizona on Wednesday.  He has a 59.6% success rate so far this season, compared to his career 53.4 winning percentage.  Anze Kopitar won 41 of his 67 draws in three games last week despite his pedestrian nine wins and 11 losses against Vancouver on Tuesday.  He has a 55.8 winning percentage so far this season after finishing the 2014-15 campaign at 52.6%.  Jonathan Toews has now been a net positive in terms of faceoffs for each of his last four contests.  His winning percentage is up to 57.6 this season on 118 draws, which is above his career average of 56.9%.  Henrik Sedin has only taken 85 draws in six games this season, but he's won 60% of them.  That's in stark contrast to 2014-15 when he only won 45% of his draws.

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