Which NHL Players Are the Best at Drawing Penalties?

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Which NHL Players Are the Best at Drawing Penalties?
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Dustin Brown, Patrick Kaleta, Darren Helm and Jeff Skinner are modern day versions of master penalty drawers from the past like Tony Granato, Esa Tikkanen and Claude Lemieux. The penalties these players draw kill the clock, tire out opposing defenders and put goals on the scoreboard. Which of them do it best?

Of course, not all situations are created equally. Players draw and take penalties at different rates in different manpower situations, especially depending on whether they're forwards or defensemen.

That's why a new system developed in Hockey Prospectus 2013-14 looks at how many penalties a player was expected to draw based on his position and his ice time in various manpower situations, before comparing it to how many he actually did.

Any penalties the player took himself are subtracted from these totals, since it doesn't help your team if you sometimes take on of your own in addition (or instead).

While Brown, Kaleta and Skinner all made the list, the top spot went to someone somewhat surprising.


All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted. 


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