Thursday's Numbers: Which Canucks are taking penalties?

Again, a pretty short post today. I'm dealing with a lot of office/administrative issues this week which has cut a lot of time out of my writing, so I'll make a couple of points today about penalties.

I think the Canucks online community, particularly what we find at Nucks Misconduct (as with every SB Nation site) is a collection of diehard fans who also appreciate all aspects of the game, whether it's defense or the finer points of the game. This isn't a slight on the guys who call in to Team 1040 or post on the Canucks message boards; I just kind of think that they're stupid. When I'm looking for an educated fan's take on an event, I'll typically go to that team's SB Nation page and check the comments section.

So, a recurring theme around here, I've noticed, is the amount of penalties the Sedins take in the offensive zone. This happens for two reasons:

1 - The Sedins spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.

2 - The Sedins take a lot of penalties because they are awful at defense.

Via Behind The Net, let's take a look at which Canuck forwards take the most penalties per 60 minutes:

Name Taken/60
Hodgson 0.2
Higgins 0.5
Malhotra 0.6
Raymond 0.6
Booth 0.8
Burrows 0.8
Weise 0.8
Lapierre 0.9
Hansen 1
Kesler 1.1
D. Sedin 1.1
H. Sedin 1.3
Volpatti 1.8

The Sedins take fewer penalties than Aaron Volpatti, and that's it. It probably isn't a good thing that the only player that either twin takes fewer penalties then is the Canucks' designated goon.

Also, Cody Hodgson is angelic back there. Maybe he gets so little ice-time because he doesn't ever have that extra shift skating out of the box. Very impressed by Dale Weise, as well.

Here is defense:

Name Taken/60
Edler 0.4
Salo 0.4
Hamhuis 0.5
Rome 0.7
Ballard 0.9
Bieksa 0.9
Alberts 1.3

Pretty well as expected. Alex Edler, Sami Salo and Dan Hamhuis don't hurt flies, while Andrew Alberts is a lumbering jerk who can't skate.

Now, as for the Sedins, there is a point of redemption here for Henrik, but not Daniel. Behind The Net also allows us to track which Canucks draw the most penalties. Being the nice guy I am, I organized a "Penalties Drawn to Penalties Taken" ratio which helps:

Name Taken/60 Drawn/60 D/T Ratio
Hodgson 0.2 1.2 6.00
Malhotra 0.6 1 1.67
Booth 0.8 1.3 1.63
Lapierre 0.9 1.3 1.44
Burrows 0.8 1.1 1.38
Hansen 1 1.3 1.30
Higgins 0.5 0.6 1.20
H. Sedin 1.3 1.2 0.92
Weise 0.8 0.6 0.75
Raymond 0.6 0.4 0.67
Kesler 1.1 0.7 0.64
Volpatti 1.8 0.9 0.50
D. Sedin 1.1 0.3 0.27

Hodgson draws a bunch of penalties, as do David Booth, Maxim Lapierre, Jannik Hansen, Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin. But Daniel Sedin draws the fewest penalties among forwards for some reason. Last season, both twins drew 0.6. I haven't done the leg-work necessary to see if this is a repeatable talent yet, but consider that on the laundry list.

And here is the Canucks' defense rate:

Name Taken/60 Drawn/60 D/T Ratio
Ballard 0.9 0.9 1.00
Bieksa 0.9 0.8 0.89
Edler 0.4 0.3 0.75
Hamhuis 0.5 0.3 0.60
Alberts 1.3 0.7 0.54
Salo 0.4 0.2 0.50
Rome 0.7 0 0.00

Keith Ballard sends a lot of guys to the penalty box. So do Kevin Bieksa and Andrew Alberts, which makes up for the time they spend in the box, kind of. No Canuck defenseman draws more than they take, but (again, I haven't checked) that's probably consistent for all 30 teams.

So, what have we learned?

1 - Cody Hodgson is a really nice guy.

2 - Daniel Sedin, for some reason, hasn't been drawing penalties this season.

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