Roughly a week into the regular season, Matt Martin is leading the pack in hits with 18 in three games. That's not much of a surprise given that he had a league-leading 382 in 2014-15. His New York Islanders teammate Cal Clutterbuck finished second last season with 343 hits and is off to a strong start with 11 in his first three contests. Dustin Byfuglien occupies the second spot in the 2015-16 race though. The WInnipeg Jets defenseman has 17 hits in three contests. Chicago's Ryan Garbutt is in third place with 15 hits in three games.
Chris Tanev has already gotten in front of 13 shots in his first three games. That's good enough to lead the league, although Colorado's Francois Beauchemin is off to a better pace with 12 blocks in just two contests. Beauchemin finished with 107 blocks in 64 contests last season. Neither of those defensemen have done much in the hits department yet, but Islanders blueliner Johnny Boychuk has excelled in both categories with 14 hits and nine blocks in three contests. Kris Russel led the pack in blocked shots last season with 283 and has five in two contests so far in 2015-16.
The New York Rangers' Kevin Hayes has only taken seven faceoffs over the course of three games, but he's won all of them. Of all the players that still have a perfect winning percentage, he's the only one to have taken five or more draws. Among those who have participated in at least 15 faceoffs this season, Martin Hanzal and Victor Rask lead the pack with a 68 winning percentage. Both of them have claimed 17 of their 25 draws. Hanzal had a great 56.5% faceoff success rate last season, but Rask finished with a more modest 51%. Kyle Turris has the most faceoff wins at 47 and boasts a 58 winning percentage. He had a 50.1% success rate in 2014-15.