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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tsar Of Takeaways

One stat that doesn't get much attention is takeaways. The Red Wings, however, have the king of takeaways ... the sultan of takeaways ... the crown prince of takeaways? Well maybe that's why the stat doesn't get much attention. No good nicknames.
Pavel Datsyuk led the league last year by a wide margin. This year, he's lapping the competition with an NHL record (stat's been kept for three seasons) 132 takeaways through Friday. Closest is Dallas' Mike Modano with 78.
Datsyuk isn't the only player who's averaging 100 takeaways per season ... he's the only player to reach 100 takeaways in a season.
Through the three years that the takeaway stat has been kept by the NHL, here are the players who have 200 total. I added that Alexander Ovechkin fellow because he's at 199 and the poor guy gets no media attention, so here's a bone for him.

Takeaway Leaders

Past Three Years (through Friday)
1. Pavel Datsyuk, Det, 309
2. Marian Hossa, Pit, 230
3. John Madden, NJ, 214
4. Andrei Markov, Mon, 209
5. Daniel Alfredsson, Ott, 207
6. Mike Modano, Dal, 204
7. Martin St. Louis, TB, 201
8. Alexander Ovechkin, Was, 199

2007-08 (through Friday)
1. Pavel Datsyuk, Det, 132
2. Mike Modano, Dal, 78
3. John Madden, NJ, 73
3. Todd White, Atl, 73
5. Scott Gomez, NYR, 72

1. Pavel Datsyuk, Det, 107
2. Marian Hossa, Atl, 94
3. Martin St. Louis, TB, 83
4. Daymond Langkow, Cal, 81
5. Bobby Holik, Atl, 80

1. Rob Blake, Col, 89
2. John Madden, NJ, 84
3. Sheldon Souray, Mon, 83
4. Andrei Markov, Mon, 81
5. Antti Laaksonen, Col, 80
20. Pavel Datsyuk, Det, 70


Anonymous Clark Rasmussen said...

I believe that would be the Tsar of Takeaways, the historical context makes up for the stretch of illiteration.

March 22, 2008 at 4:12 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I'm liking Tsar of Takeaways a whole lot. Good one Clark.

March 22, 2008 at 4:19 PM 

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