Top 10 “That-Can’t-Be-Right” Stats

Tom Collins

2022-04-04

Every year, the NHL season is full of surprises.

I’m not talking about the “this-player-outperformed-expectations-by-15-points” kind of surprise, but “William-Karlsson-had-more-goals-than-all-but-two-players-in-2017-18” type of jaw-dropping surprise. Some of these stats may be evident, whereas others you may not realize are happening unless you look more closely at the numbers. It could be one player is having a shocking season, one player is disappointing or a combination of the two.

With 11 to 15 games left in the season for all teams, this is an excellent time to have a look at some of these statistics to see if these trends will continue the rest of the way.

10. Tanner Jeannot may lead the league in PIM

The rookie forward is having an excellent season with Nashville, posting 23 goals and 40 points in 67 games. The 23 goals are tops among rookies, although not much attention is being given to that fact. However, it’s his PIM totals you should be paying attention to from here on out. The 24-year-old rookie already has 110 PIM. That’s second-highest in the league and only four off the leader, teammate Mark Borowiecki. Borowiecki hasn’t played since March 22 and is on the IR with a lower-body injury. A rookie rarely leads the league in penalty minutes, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Daniel Carcillo in 2007-08.

9. Mackenzie Blackwood has more shutouts than Mikko Koskinen, John Gibson, Robin Lehner and Thatcher Demko

This one isn’t so much about Blackwood’s awesomeness. After all, he hasn’t played in more than two months and his overall numbers are awful. But this point is about how all these other number one goaltenders have been extremely disappointing for shutouts. Each of Koskinen, Gibson, Lehner and Demko have one shutout apiece, whereas Blackwood has two. That’s four shutouts among 183 total games between those four goalers. Maybe it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, considering the four haven’t been that great for shutouts the last few years, but it has to be disappointing for anyone that drafted Lehner (the second goalie selected on average in Yahoo leagues). In head-to-head leagues, you’re pretty much punting the shutout categories if you have any combination of those guys.

8. Adam Fox has more blocked shots than Derek Forbort

Fox is starting to remind me of Erik Karlsson in his prime. When Karlsson was with the Sens, many chose to focus just on his crazy point totals, but not as much attention was paid to his blocked shots. When Karlsson had an 82-point season, he had 175 blocked shots. The next season, he had 201. With 66 points and 121 blocked shots, Fox is on pace for 81 points and 148 blocked shots. The latter put him in the top 20 in the league going into Sunday’s action. A year ago, Forbort was fifth in the league in blocke