Top 10 PIM players (2016)



The Top 10 PIM players to own in fantasy hockey…


By Tom Collins

Even though there's a movement afoot to get rid of PIM in fantasy hockey, there are still plenty of leagues out there that include them. I'm currently in three dynasty leagues and PIM are included in all three of them.

I understand why people want to get away from the category. A player gets rewarded in fantasy hockey for something that is more often than not detrimental to that player's team in real life.

Of course, PIM have a tendency to overinflate the value of some players even with fighting on a steady decline. Guys who normally would never be taken in a hockey pool are chosen because they can rack up penalties. And guys who are good fantasy players become even more valuable when PIM are included in the mix.

Most of the guys on this list have already some fantasy value. And to keep it simple, we're focusing on guys who have multiple 100-plus PIM seasons under their belts.

Here are the top 10 PIM producers.


10. Zack Kassian

It will be fun to see if Kassian can continue an absurd PIM-per-game rate over a full season. He's cracked 80-plus PIM in each of the last two seasons despite playing in less than half the games (including 114 PIM in 36 games this year). Prorated over 82 games, his last two seasons would have seen him finish with 158 and 260 PIM (which would have easily been the highest this year by 83 PIM). Throw in the fact he averages about  two to three hits a game, Kassian is going to become a fantasy darlings if he can play 65 games.


9. Derek Dorsett

Dorsett is about as money as you can get in this category. He's been in the top 10 for PIM in five of the last six seasons and has led the league twice in that time span, including this past season. Chris Neil and Dorsett are the only players to be above 900 PIM total from 2010 to 2016. The fact he's not that great in any other fantasy category keeps him from being any higher on this list.


8. Chris Neil

Gone are the days that Chris Neil could score 10-plus goals and play a regular role on the power play. But he's still great in two categories: hits (about three per game) and PIM. The only time Neil had less than 144 PIM was 2014-15 when he played in just 38 games but still racked up 78 PIM. He may not be getting into as many fights as he used to but he's still an effective fantasy player in leagues with hits and PIM.


7. Tom Wilson

Wilson just finished his age 21 season and already has 486 PIM in three years. Only 19 players in NHL history have had at least 450 PIM by the time they were 21. The last was Ed Jovanovski back in the mid-1990s. So Wilson turning into something special, at least when it comes to PIM. Wilson's ice time has been increasing every year. There have been rumours that the Capitals want Wilson to be more like Joel Ward. Which would be great for Wilson's point totals, but not his PIM.


6. Radko Gudas