According to NHL.com, Roman Hamrlik, Jaroslav Spacek, and Hal Gill are numbers 1, 2, and 5 in the league in giveaways. In a 30-team league with hundreds of players, 50% of our starting blue line apparently can’t stop themselves from giving the puck away on a regular basis. Maybe they just hate the responsibility. You have possession of the puck and suddenly the onus is on you to actually, you know, make a play.
Hold on, though. Before you reach for your flask of Wild Turkey, it may interest you to know that just what constitutes a giveaway is open to debate. Depending on who’s monitoring the action at a given arena, the home team might average a higher number of takeaways than normal. Or if you’re in hockey-mad Montreal, you might be a bit too quick to pass merciless judgment when a Habs player apparently coughs up the puck.
Lord knows our D corps isn’t a shutdown unit. But maybe, just maybe, this is one instance when the stats don’t tell the whole story.