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Last week, I looked at Jason Strudwick's struggles to shoot the puck this year and his place in history. Bruce, as is his wont to do about once a month, had a great idea. "The other key factor when considering goons is TOI...Without going through every other season on the list, I suspect Strudwick’s 0.93 shots/60 is the lowest." Put this list together by time on ice, he said. Strudwick would be the worst, he said. Bruce was indeed correct.
The NHL began recording time on ice stats in 1998, so we have eleven seasons of data to work with. Listed below are the twenty-five worst shots on goal seasons since 1998, ordered by shots per sixty minutes of time on ice. I normally prefer measuring these types of statistics per fifteen minutes of time on ice, but the per sixty measurement tells both a sad and hilarious story.
|Jason Strudwick||Edmonton Oilers||72||2009||1219||19||0.234||0.935|
|Jassen Cullimore||Chicago Blackhawks||65||2006||1058||17||0.241||0.964|
|Nolan Pratt||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||2005||1475||26||0.264||1.058|
|Sean O'Donnell||Anaheim Ducks||82||2007||1413||25||0.265||1.062|
|Jason Strudwick||Vancouver Canucks||63||1999||958||18||0.282||1.127|
|Sean O'Donnell||Los Angeles Kings||82||2008||1680||32||0.286||1.143|
|Adam Foote||Colorado Avalanche||61||2009||1296||26||0.301||1.203|
|Mark Eaton||Nashville Predators||69||2005||1361||28||0.309||1.234|
|Rich Pilon||New York Rangers||69||2000||1164||24||0.309||1.237|
|Marc Bergevin||Pittsburgh Penguins||69||2002||1295||27||0.313||1.251|
|Steve Eminger||Washington Capitals||68||2006||1288||27||0.314||1.258|
|Radoslav Suchy||Columbus Blue Jackets||79||2005||1574||33||0.314||1.258|
|Rob Scuderi||Pittsburgh Penguins||71||2007||1331||28||0.316||1.262|
|Rob Scuderi||Pittsburgh Penguins||78||2006||1467||31||0.317||1.268|
|Terry Carkner||Florida Panthers||62||1998||1130||25||0.332||1.327|
|Mattias Norstrom||Los Angeles Kings||79||2001||1819||42||0.346||1.385|
|David Harlock||Atlanta Thrashers||65||2000||1109||26||0.352||1.407|
|Nolan Pratt||Tampa Bay Lightning||81||2006||1279||30||0.352||1.407|
|Jeff Finley||St. Louis Blues||74||1999||1318||31||0.353||1.411|
|Kurt Sauer||Phoenix Coyotes||68||2008||1402||33||0.353||1.412|
|Scott Lachance||Columbus Blue Jackets||77||2003||1461||35||0.359||1.437|
|Stan Neckar||Tampa Bay Lightning||77||2001||1580||38||0.361||1.443|
|Brooks Orpik||Pittsburgh Penguins||79||2008||1606||39||0.364||1.457|
|Karl Dykhuis||Montreal Canadiens||65||2002||975||24||0.369||1.477|
|Garnet Exelby||Atlanta Thrashers||79||2007||1492||37||0.372||1.488|
Strudwick's 2009-2010 shot rates are the lowest in the the league since 1998. He failed to put one shot on goal per sixty minutes of ice time. Strudwick's 1999 season is fifth on the list at 1.1 per sixty. Looking at the worst 100 seasons since 1998, there is a bunch of entries labeled Nolan Pratt, Sean O'Donnell, Rob Scuderi and our man Strudwick. And Tambellini wants Strudwick to be our latex salesman - according to the local media, it's a sure bet Strudwick will be back.
Strudwick wasn't alone this year though - Adam Foote from the Colorado Avalanche managed just 1.2 shots per sixty, the seventh-worst rate in the league since 1998. The Avs also had Scott Hannan at 1.8 shots per sixty, among the fifty worst rates in the league since '98. Want to build a foundation of a team that gets historically outshot? Start with two defensemen that don't shoot the puck.