Top 10 Players With a ‘0’ in Certain Stats

Tom Collins

2022-11-21

It’s impossible to find the perfect hockey player. A player might reach 100 points but finish with a negative plus/minus. A defenseman could get a bunch of power-play points by rarely throw a hit. A heavy hitter might not get any penalty minutes.

It’s even more frustrating when a player refuses to provide anything in specific categories. We’re 20 per cent into the season, but there is still an abundance of players who have zero stats despite plenty of opportunity. Mathew Barzal scored his first goal of the season on Saturday. Evgenii Dadonov picked up his first point a week ago. Connor Murphy picked up his first assist of the season on Sunday night, 18 games into the season. Josh Anderson and Neal Pionk each picked up their first power-play points in the past seven days. Johnny Gaudreau collected his first hit of the season on Sunday night.

Below are 10 categories where players still have a zero in that specific category. For each category, we’ll quickly mention some other nominees before mentioning the winner. To make it fair, forwards and defensemen need to have a minimum of five games played, and goalies need to have at least two games. Also, to keep the same players from always winning, we’re going to limit each player to one category.

10. Hits

Other nominees: Quinn Hughes, Andrei Kuzmenko

And the winner is: Vinnie Hinostroza. The Sabres forward used to be okay when it came to hitting. He had 69 hits in 72 games one year in Arizona. Two years ago, he had 37 hits in 26 games. Not eye-popping numbers, but decent enough. Even last year, he still averaged 0.4 hits per game. He’s played 11 games this year and has more shorthanded points (one) than hits. I’m always surprised that players can go dozens many games without even accidentally bumping into an opponent and registering a hit.

9. Blocked shots

Other nominees: Jason Robertson, Tanner Laczynski, Jonah Gadjovich

And the winner is: Jake Guentzel. Usually, you might