I think we can agree that this is luck...

Here are the league leaders in hitting posts and crossbars in 2009-10 - I have shootout data in here, which accounts for some totals not matching up.  Just 1.4% of all shots hit the iron (according to NHL.com) - Steven Stamkos somehow hit the post 16 times and could have set some real records with just average luck:

 

Player Bad Luck Shoot% w/ Posts Shots Goals Posts
STEVENSTAMKOS 3.8 12.7 16.4 426 54 16
MIKEFISHER 4.0 9.0 13.0 300 27 12
ANZEKOPITAR 3.2 11.1 14.2 379 42 12
ANTTIMIETTINEN 4.3 8.7 13.0 254 22 11
JOHNTAVARES 3.9 9.8 13.7 256 25 10
JOEPAVELSKI 3.2 8.8 12.0 317 28 10
OLLIJOKINEN 2.9 5.9 8.8 339 20 10
COREYPERRY 2.6 7.6 10.2 381 29 10
BRADRICHARDS 2.3 6.4 8.7 438 28 10
RAYWHITNEY 3.5 8.1 11.6 258 21 9
LEESTEMPNIAK 3.0 10.1 13.1 297 30 9
JAMIELANGENBRUNNER 2.9 6.8 9.8 307 21 9
EVGENIMALKIN 2.4 7.6 10.1 368 28 9
PATRICKKANE 2.4 8.9 11.3 381 34 9
CORYSTILLMAN 3.9 8.3 12.3 204 17 8
STEPHENWEISS 3.1 11.5 14.6 260 30 8
MARKSTREIT 3.0 4.1 7.0 271 11 8
JAMESNEAL 2.9 9.3 12.1 280 26 8
MASONRAYMOND 2.8 8.8 11.7 283 25 8
DUSTINBYFUGLIEN 2.7 5.8 8.5 293 17 8
ALEXOVECHKIN 1.5 9.7 11.2 537 52 8

 

Here are the 19 unluckiest shooters in the league - Andy Greene must be kicking himself for hitting the post as often as he scored:

 

Player Bad Luck Shoot% w/ Posts Shots Goals Posts
DAVIDBOOTH 4.4 6.7 11.1 135 9 6
ANDYGREENE 4.3 4.3 8.7 138 6 6
ANTTIMIETTINEN 4.3 8.7 13.0 254 22 11
RYANSHANNON 4.2 4.2 8.4 143 6 6
MIKEFISHER 4.0 9.0 13.0 300 27 12
CORYSTILLMAN 3.9 8.3 12.3 204 17 8
DAINIUSZUBRUS 3.9 9.8 13.7 102 10 4
JOHNTAVARES 3.9 9.8 13.7 256 25 10
STEVENSTAMKOS 3.8 12.7 16.4 426 54 16
ENVERLISIN 3.7 4.4 8.1 135 6 5
ALEXTANGUAY 3.6 7.2 10.9 138 10 5
TODDMARCHANT 3.6 8.0 11.6 112 9 4
CHRISPHILLIPS 3.5 7.0 10.5 114 8 4
RAYWHITNEY 3.5 8.1 11.6 258 21 9
BRENTBURNS 3.3 2.0 5.2 153 3 5
VYACHESLAVKOZLOV 3.2 7.8 11.0 154 12 5
DERICKBRASSARD 3.2 5.8 9.0 156 9 5
ANZEKOPITAR 3.2 11.1 14.2 379 42 12
JOEPAVELSKI 3.2 8.8 12.0 317 28 10

 

At the other end, we've got players who didn't hit any posts:

 

Player Bad Luck Shoot% w/ Posts Shots Goals Posts
RENEBOURQUE 0 9.2 9.2 304 28 0
ANDYMCDONALD 0 10.6 10.6 264 28 0
NICKLASBERGFORS 0 7.8 7.8 258 20 0
ZACHBOGOSIAN 0 4.2 4.2 237 10 0
BRANDONSUTTER 0 9.7 9.7 217 21 0
KURTISFOSTER 0 3.7 3.7 215 8 0
JAYBOUWMEESTER 0 1.5 1.5 202 3 0
JOELWARD 0 6.5 6.5 201 13 0
JASONCHIMERA 0 7.5 7.5 200 15 0
MILANHEJDUK 0 13.8 13.8 196 27 0
BRADRICHARDSON 0 5.1 5.1 196 10 0
MARKRECCHI 0 9.7 9.7 195 19 0
TOMASHOLMSTROM 0 13.2 13.2 190 25 0
T.J.GALIARDI 0 8.1 8.1 186 15 0
MIKHAILGRABOVSKI 0 5.8 5.8 173 10 0

 

You can see where players hit posts from:

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The true peak is around 20 feet - there are very few shots from closer than five feet, so seven posts and one crossbar skew the results.

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