Points and Penalty Minutes
Contributed by: Ian Gooding
What if the penalty minute category was treated the same way as the stolen base or the save in fantasy baseball? Fantasy baseball owners draft base thieves that possess very little home run power, and they covet relief pitchers with no proven track record if they are first in line for saves on their major league team.
I consider penalty minutes to be an “inverse” category. In other words, conventional hockey wisdom has the tough guy as the kind of player that possesses very little skill. This theory does not hold true across all situations, as there have been several players who can fight and score (eg. Bob Probert, when he scored 29 goals and accumulated nearly 400 PIM in the 1987-88 season, a feat we may never witness again). As well, known pests like Sean Avery, Steve Ott, and Alex Burrows quite often will provoke the opposition into a fight, but won’t actually drop the gloves.
So why don’t we covet penalty minute kings like Daniel Carcillo? Simple. Penalty minutes are the easiest category to find on the waiver wire (eg. Colton Orr was third in the NHL in 2008-09 with 193 PIM, and he should be readily available in any league). But what if we made a point to draft at least one of the following options in order to ensure success in the penalty minute category?
Top points/penalty minutes options (minimum 25 points, 95 penalty minutes)
|Ryan Getzlaf, ANA||91 points (25g-66a)||121 PIM|
|Corey Perry, ANA||72 points (32g-40a)||109 PIM|
|Scott Hartnell, PHI||60 points (30g-30a)||143 PIM|
|David Backes, STL||54 points (31g-23a)||165 PIM|
|Sheldon Souray, EDM||53 points (23g-30a)||98 PIM|
|Alex Burrows, VAN||51 points (28g-23a)||150 PIM|
|Zdeno Chara, BOS||50 points (19g-31a)||95 PIM|
|Dion Phaneuf, CGY||47 points (11g-36a)||100 PIM|
|Steve Ott, DAL||46 points (19g-27a)||135 PIM|
|Ryan Malone, TB||45 points (26g-19a)||98 PIM|
|Rob Blake, SJ||45 points (10g-35a)||110 PIM|
|Kevin Bieksa, VAN||43 points (11g-32a)||97 PIM|
|Milan Lucic, BOS||42 points (17g-25a)||136 PIM|
|Brandon Dubinsky, NYR||41 points (13g-28a)||112 PIM|
|Ed Jovanovski, PHX||36 points (9g-27a)||106 PIM|
|David Clarkson, NJ||32 points (17g-15a)||164 PIM|
|Matt Cooke, PIT||31 points (13g-18a)||101 PIM|
|Paul Gaustad, BUF||29 points (12g-17a)||108 PIM|
|Braydon Coburn, PHI||28 points (7g-21a)||97 PIM|
|Ethan Moreau, EDM||26 points (14g-12a)||133 PIM|
|Mattias Ohlund, VAN||25 points (6g-19a)||105 PIM|
Don’t forget about one player who made this category famous: Sean Avery. He recorded 22 points (8g-14a) and 111 PIM after playing just 41 games when all was said and done. I should also mention penalty minutes leader Daniel Carcillo, who found the time to record 14 points (3g-11a) despite spending 254 minutes in the box.
A key to success in multicategory leagues is to have one of Dion Phaneuf, Zdeno Chara, and Sheldon Souray on your roster – defensemen who can rack up the penalty minutes while not hurting your point totals. If that’s not possible, secondary options like Ed Jovanovski, Kevin Bieksa, or Braydon Coburn could work.