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Draft Guide

O'Reilly leads the BUF charge

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Hits

 

Joe Colborne amassed 23 hits in four contests to lead the league in that category. He was credited with nine hits against Calgary's provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, and he had seven in Ottawa on Oct. 28. He has appeared in just seven of the Flames' 12 games this season, but he leads the team with 29 hits. NHL hit champion Matt Martin had 18 body checks in four outings. He paced the league with 382 hits last season and he is on the top again in 2015-16 with 59 collisions after 12 contests. Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets led all blueliners with 16 hits in four matches. Stuart, who is a great real-time stat player, also had 10 blocks last week. Calgary's Brandon Bollig had 15 hits in just three appearances. He also contributed his first goal of the season against Edmonton this past Saturday. Bollig ranks third in the NHL with 35 penalty minutes.

 

Blocks

 

Shot-blocker extraordinaire Josh Gorges had the most blocks last week 14 in four games. He also uncharacteristically was assessed 15 minutes in penalties when he received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds. Gorges doesn't much from a fantasy standpoint, but he does rank fourth in the league with 31 blocks. Roman Josi was one of four defensemen to register 13 blocks last week. He also collected four assists, including two on the power play, during a three-game point streak. Kris Russell also had 13 blocks to add to his league-leading total of 43. He also generated a goal and an assist for his first points of the season, but he had a minus-5 rating. Nick Bonino paced all forwards with eight blocks in three games. He had just three blocks in his first eight outings of the season.

 

Draws

 

Ryan O'Reilly led the pack with 65 faceoff wins last week. He won 60.2 percent of the 108 draws he took over four games. O'Reilly was also good on the scoresheet with one goal and five assists during that span. He has been better than 50 percent in the circle every year after his rookie season and he has been at his best so far this campaign as a member of the Buffalo Sabres with a 59.3 success rate. Winnipeg's Bryan Little hit 60 wins in the circle as well last week. He is still searching for some consistency when it comes to winning draws, but he topped 60 percent in three of his four outings. He struggled against Montreal on Sunday to close out the week when he lost 11 of 21 faceoffs. Still, it has been a season of improvement for Little so far in the circle where he has a 52.6 success rate. Claude Giroux won 58 faceoffs and lost 33 in three matches. He was especially impressive when he won 20 puck drops and lost 11 versus Buffalo on Oct. 27. The Flyers captain has 150 wins this season, which ranks him second in the league behind O'Reilly (172). Anaheim's Ryan Kesler was the only other center last week to reach the 50-win mark in faceoffs. He went 52 of 91 in four matches. Kesler has been strong on the dots this year with 135 wins and a 58.4 winning percentage, but he has been quiet offensively with two assists in 11 appearances.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.