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Draft Guide

Rielly becoming well-rounded

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

 

 

Hits

 

Milan Lucic may be struggling to score with the Kings, but he's still throwing his 235-pound frame around. He led all skaters with 24 hits in four games. Lucic was credited with eight checks against Florida on Nov. 7, which topped the seven-hit performance he had versus Chicago on Nov. 2. Lucic ranks sixth in the league with 53 hits. Matt Beleskey, Roman Polak and Cal Clutterbuck finished just behind Lucic in the hit parade last week with 21 apiece. Beleskey has amassed 51 hits after 12 games and he should easily surpass the 159 hits he posted last year. Polak racked up eight hits against Washington on Nov. 7 to give him 39 in 12 outings this campaign. Clutterbuck sits second in the NHL with 61 body collisions in 15 games. He accounted for 21 hits in just three appearances last week. Clutterbuck was given nine hits in games against Montreal and New Jersey.

 

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Blocks

 

Dion Phaneuf and Drew Doughty co-led the league with 13 blocks each last week. Phaneuf is second on the Maple Leafs with 24 blocks in 14 games, while Doughty sits fourth on the Kings with a total of 21 in 14 matches. Both of those defensemen bring plenty to the table in terms of real-time stats and point production. An emerging player in that framework could be Toronto's Morgan Rielly. He doesn't do much hitting, but the 21-year-old defenseman has 26 blocks and 10 points in 14 games. Rielly was credited with 11 blocks in four contests last week. Detroit's Luke Glendening paced all forwards with six blocks in three games. He has turned aside 21 shots to lead all NHL forwards so far this season.

 

Draws

 

Jonathan Toews won a league-leading 73 puck drops last week in four games. He topped 60 percent in wins in each match and started off the week in style by losing just seven of the 27 faceoffs he took against Los Angeles. He has an impressive 60.2 winning percentage on 349 faceoffs this season. Toews is tied for the NHL lead with Claude Giroux in faceoff wins at 210. Giroux reached that total thanks to 60 wins on 98 draws last week. He won 19 of 27 puck drops against Vancouver on Nov. 2. Patrice Bergeron joined the usual suspects in faceoff success last week with 64 victories and 49 losses in four matches. His best night came on Nov. 8 against the Islanders when he posted a 62.5 winning percentage on a whopping 32 faceoffs. Pittsburgh's Nick Bonino had a strong week in the circle as well with a 62.7 success rate on 59 total draws. He was better than 60 percent in all three of his outings and has a 56.2 winning percentage on the year.

Corey Abbott

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