Last night, PK Subban headed into a game against Carolina as the NHL player who’d taken the most shots on goal without scoring. D-men are more prone to owning this prestigious honour, especially ones who see a good amount of ice time. Throw enough wristers from the point on net hoping for a screen or a tip (and not get either), and your shot total can build fairly quickly.
Well, PK finally buried:
Nice release on that.
So, who’s next on the list?
Shockingly, it’s a forward. A forward who makes 2.55 million dollars per year, by the way.
But, before we get to him, lets look at the other four players who’ve gotten the most shots, but still haven’t tallied a single marker after nearly 20 games.
Neither player has missed a game this season, combining for a grand total of 37 contests. Carolina and Winnipeg both had extremely high hopes for these guys. Both get a lot of ice time, both have been disappointing.
Bogosian has five assists, while Kaberle has four. Those numbers are downright rancid when you factor in the amount of powerplay minutes they both get. Might be time to chuck one in for the team, fellas.
Joe Corvo was one of the few off-season acquisitions the Bruins made, and most would argue he was a quality improvement on the blueline. His lack of goal output actually hasn’t been a huge problem for the B’s. While you might expect a couple more goals from a guy who averages over three minutes of powerplay ice time per game, his eight assists certainly serve to soften the blow.
Here’s where we highlight just how much better the B’s powerplay could be if the backside was chipping in a little more. Seidenberg, another Bruins defenseman who sees ample time on the PP has fired two more shots on goal than Corvo without being able to beat a goaltender.
That just can’t happen all year – if these two combine for another 74 shots over the next 16 games, you can count on at least a few finding the back of the net.
Acquired from St. Louis last season, it was expect that Johnson and his heavy shot would be able to help out the powerplay in Colorado.
Well, their PP certainly hasn’t struggled without Johnson finding the twine – they’re second in the NHL at 26.2%. But nearly 40 shots on goal with a bomb like he has? Something’s gotta give here soon.
And coming in at number one….
As mentioned earlier, Wheeler’s cap hit for the Winnipeg Jets is $2.55M, which tends to come with some level of expectation. Just a few years ago Wheeler cracked the 20 goal plateau as a rookie in Boston - combine that with his size, and he should be a fantastic forward. But this year…. not so much.
All the other names on this list are defensemen, and that makes sense. But to get 42 shots from the areas on the ice where forwards tend to get their shots and have zero goals is almost a difficult feat to pull off, especially as a guy who gets consistent powerplay time.
The Winnipeg Jets have struggled, and Wheeler’s lack of production is one of the major factors in that.
The next closest forward to Wheeler in this category is Brad Richardson of the Kings…with 27 shots.