Top 10 Underrated Grit Producers

Tom Collins

2021-12-06

When it comes to peripherals and fantasy hockey leagues, it’s always the same players who are sought-after commodities and seem to get all the hype. However, it’s always a smart move to see if other players can offer the same type of peripherals but may still be available on the waiver wire.

For this list, we will look at shots, hits, PIM and blocked shots as our grit categories. The value of the listed players will change depending on how many of these categories are included in your league settings, but this should be a good baseline.

To figure out who some of the top players were, I downloaded the peripheral categories from Frozen Tools into an Excel spreadsheet. I then used the spreadsheet to add up every player's PIM, shots, hits and blocked shots to get an overall total for each player. Going into Sunday’s action, Radko Gudas was tops, while Brady Tkachuk was second and Jacob Trouba was third.

However, this would also give the players who have played more games higher numbers, so I also divided the overall total with the number of games played to get a better sense of each player. Eliminating those whose numbers were skewed as they hadn’t played many games, the top three were Tkachuk, Darnell Nurse and Gudas.

Below are 10 players who are underrated when it comes to their contributions in peripherals. Eight of the players are owned in less than 30 per cent of Yahoo leagues, and five of them in less than 10 per cent.

Just a quick note, for this list, I’m only looking at those that can contribute in at least two categories. Nicolas Deslauriers may lead the league in hits and be near the top of the overall total, but he doesn’t help anywhere else.

10. Mario Ferraro

Ferraro’s 10 points are a bit of a surprise, but we’re focusing on peripherals, and while most of his numbers are down this season, he’s still contributing across the board. His 0.9 shots and 0.24 PIM per game are the lowest of his three-year career. His 2.08 hits per game are also down but are still impressive. But his 2.92 blocked shots per game is more than one more per game than last season. On the whole, he has six PIM, 22 shots, 52 hits and 73 blocked shots in 25 games.

9. Brandon Duhaime

The Wild rookie winger has been doing everything he can to stay in the lineup. He started by averaging a point every two games, but heR