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League Leaders: Takeaways, Penalties Drawn and Rebounds

Yesterday, I listed the league leaders in deflections since the lockout. Three other statistics that may convey offensive ability around the net are offensive zone takeaways, offensive zone penalties drawn and rebounds. Let's go through the league leaders in order.

There aren't a tremendous number of takeaways recorded in general, and we have to look at only road takeaways to eliminate home rink bias. If we further restrict takeaways to the area below the faceoff dots, we end up with rather small numbers:

Pavel Datsyuk 28
Alexander Frolov 27
Scott Gomez 25
Sidney Crosby 24
Matt Stajan 21
Vaclav Prospal 20
Shane Doan 20
Daniel Alfredsson 19
Alexander Ovechkin 18
Ryan Getzlaf 18
Rick Nash 18
Ryan Smyth 18
Ian Laperriere 18

This is a slightly different list than our deflection leaders - there are some guys here who spend a lot of time in front of the net like Ryan Smyth, but there are also players like Alexander Frolov who have a reputation for not going into the corners and not checking people. Yet he comes away with a lot of pucks.

What about penalties drawn in the offensive zone below the face-off dots? This list includes only non-coincidental penalties:

Dustin Brown 74
Sidney Crosby 57
Ryan Smyth 54
Rick Nash 48
Erik Cole 44
Scott Hartnell 42
Sean Avery 42
Ryan Malone 42
Eric Staal 42
Daniel Briere 41
Evgeni Malkin 41

There are a lot of familiar names here - guys who draw penalties in general, like Crosby and Brown. And, of course, there's Ryan Smyth again. I'm reminded that Dustin Brown is a big hitter - so is this the same group of players who hit a lot in the offensive zone below the face-off dots?

Alexander Ovechkin 116
Matt Cooke 90
Chris Kunitz 89
Ryan Callahan 88
Milan Lucic 87
Dustin Brown 85
Erik Cole 81
Tuomo Ruutu 78
Travis Moen 77
Mike Fisher 72
Cody McLeod 72

There isn't much overlap at all - Cole and Brown. The big hitters aren't necessarily the kinds of guys who have the speed and offensive skill to force defensemen to take penalties.

And finally, what about rebounds? Here we see a much more traditional group of scorers, with Ryan Smyth dropping to 31st overall. Next time - wraparounds...

Alexander Ovechkin 168
Eric Staal 164
Dany Heatley 149
Olli Jokinen 147
Jonathan Cheechoo 136
Vaclav Prospal 131
Zach Parise 131
Vincent Lecavalier 130
Jason Blake 126
Martin St. Louis 125