Last season, 35 players dropped the gloves 10 or more times. Hockeyfights.com has fan voting on the results of each bout, and this is a brief look at the guys on the upper tier and the lower tier of the win/loss record. I know that some of the players on the bottom half of this list get ridiculed as a result, but I don’t view it that way; it takes a special kind of courage (insanity?) to take on all comers without a winning track record.
- Best Win/Loss Percentage: Cody McLeod, Colorado Avalanche (4-0, 100%)
- Runner-Up: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins (9-1, 90%)
McLeod had a lot of draws last season, but according to the voting he never lost a battle outright. Milan Lucic won more bouts, but lost one to Atlanta’s Eric Boulton to spoil his otherwise unblemished record. His supremacy one-on-one just adds to his reputation around the NHL as a power forward.
- Most Wins: David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils (13-3, 81.3%)
- Runner-Up: Colton Orr, Toronto Maple Leafs (12-4, 75.0%)
Orr’s well known around the league for his pugilistic ability, but he comes in second here to the Devils’ Clarkson, who has had more than 100 PIM every year he’s played and every league he’s played, going all the way back to his days in the OPJHL. Orr managed this record with the New York Rangers before signing in Toronto over the summer.
- Worst Win/Loss Percentage: Chris Thorburn, Atlanta Thrashers (1-5, 16.7%)
- Runner-Up: Steve Montador, Buffalo Sabres (2-9, 18.2%)
Chris Thorburn had a single win on the season, a decisive victory over the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta. I’d never realized Steve Montador (with Boston last season) fights as much as he does, but he has a pretty long track record of dropping the gloves, although his success rate doesn’t reflect that.
- Most Losses: Riley Cote, Philadelphia Flyers (5-14, 26.3%)
- Runner-Up: Jared Boll, Columbus Blue Jackets (5-11, 31.3%)
Riley Cote carried on the Flyers’ penchant for dropping the gloves, but his success rate left something to be desired, as he accumulated more losses than any other player in the league. Jared Boll, who finished second in the league in majors with 24, finished second here. Just missing the list was the league leader, Zack Stortini, who had 10 losses.