Top 10 Worst Players for Giveaways/Takeaways

Tom Collins

2020-07-13

There are some fantasy leagues out there that count almost every conceivable statistic.

I was once in a league that not only counted shootout goals, but also game-winning shootout goals. Yes, the latter is an actual NHL category that some leagues use. (For the curious, the career leader is Frans Nielsen, who has 23 shootout game-deciding goals). That's why it doesn't surprise me that some leagues include giveaways and takeaways.

It should go without saying that players who handle the puck more will generally turn it over more. However, many of those guys are great at getting the puck back as well. By assigning each giveaway a minus-one, and each takeaway a plus-one, we can look at a player's net total. Over the past three years, for example, Patrick Kane had 128 giveaways and 132 takeaways. That gives him a net of plus-four. Logan Couture is a plus-40 in those three years, while Sebastian Aho is a plus-36. Ryan O'Reilly leads the league with an insane net of plus-134.

However, this list is looking at the reverse. Which players have far more giveaways than takeaways, and which players are hurting you in leagues that count these statistics?

10. Filip Hronek

Hronek has played much fewer games than everyone else on this list, but he's not trending very well to start his career. In 46 rookie games last year, he had 10 takeaways and 47 giveaways. In 65 games this year, he's up to 18 takeaways and 76 giveaways. That's a total of 28 takeaways and 123 giveaways in 111 games (a net loss of minus-95). Since he's not contributing much else in your fantasy league, those giveaway and takeaway numbers look even worse.

9. Leon Draisaitl

The way Draisaitl is trending, he'll be the worst forward for the giveaway/takeaway net loss within a year or two. In his first four seasons, he had a net loss of minus-29. In his last two seasons, he is a minus-76. Last year, he had 116 giveaways and this year he had 91 (on pace for 105). He and Mathew Barzal are the only two forwards with at least 200 giveaways the last two years. Draisaitl's linemate, Connor McDavid, has a net giveaway/tak