The Jets took too many penalties this year. This is a known fact, but this of course wasn't an across the board issue. Some players play a clean game while others yo-yo'd in and out of the sin bin. While total PIMs are important, there is another - very underrated - metric in penalties drawn that deserves some attention. Drawing a penalty leads to a powerplay and that is a big value add to anyteam. Let's take a look at which Jets took and drew the most penalties.
Winnipeg Jets 2013-14 Penalty Plus Minus via Extraskater.com:
- Important note: It is normal for defenders to take more penalties than they draw.
- That said, the PIM numbers that the Winnipeg Jets D piled up are still really high.
- Go Scheifele! Trouba too. This was a hugely underrated element of the game that the Jets' two stud rookies brought forth this year.
- Ellerby way up top was a bit of a surprise. Guess he played a clean game.
- Eric O'Dell ended up at plus-1 despite getting flagged a bunch early. Skate. Work hard. Draw PIMs.
- Evander Kane took way to many penalties, but he also drew a boat load and the net result wasn't horrible.
- Blake Wheeler drew the most. Speed kills.
- On that note - Holy crap! Stew drew a lot too (obviously some of this is off-setting minors and fights), but man oh man did he take a lot of PIMs.
- Speaking of leadership, Olli Jokinen was a disaster in this regard.
- Chris Thorburn racking PIMs is no surprise.
- Toby took an uncharacteristically high number of penalties this year. Hopefully this was an aberration.
- Being big isn't always kind to Dustin Byfuglien. We have all seen him earn extra PIMs for what appears to be clean contact. Still, minus-17 is not good and was in fact worst on the team. This has to improve.
There you have it. Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba continue to show their worth by the numbers. Michael Frolik did the same. Ladd and Little were solid too - especially given their tough assignments. Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien, Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart stand out for the wrong reasons. Bottom lone, not enough of the team was on the plus side of the ledger. Next time out we will look at who parlayed the drawn PIMs into the best powerplay results.
All numbers are from Extra Skater