We asked our Twitter followers the following question:
Off of the top of your head - which NHL player has had the worst linemates/partners over the last three years?
The answers were surprising:
Phil Kessel x 3, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, Rick Nash, Jonathan Huberdeau, Linus Omark, Thomas Plekanec, Mikko Koivu, John Tavares, Ryan Smyth, Evander Kane and Radim Vrbata.
While Smyth was a decent nomination, I'm not sure those respondents get what bad linemates are. Two guys got the idea:
@CopperandBlue whoever played with Whitney.— Robert Oakley (@rangerbob94) October 9, 2013
@CopperandBlue Whoever has been partnered by Cam Barker or Jack Johnson— Bruce Peter (@saskhab) October 9, 2013
I'll nominate this guy, forced to spend time with both Ryan Whitney and Cam Barker, but also Theo Peckham, Steve Kampfer, Jason Strudwick, Jim Vandermeer, and a whole other cast:
|Ladislav Smid||921.2||Kurtis Foster||62.4||Jared Spurgeon||27.0|
|Theo Peckham||560.1||Marco Scandella||59.3||Taylor Chorney||10.1|
|Clayton Stoner||506.8||Jim Vandermeer||58.9||Shawn Belle||4.8|
|Ryan Whitney||229.6||Ryan Suter||54.1||Colten Teubert||4.4|
|Justin Falk||185.9||Cam Barker||40.0||Tyler Cuma||2.1|
|Andy Sutton||88.5||Nate Prosser||38.4||Chay Genoway||1.1|
|Steve Kampfer||79.7||Brett Clark||35.7||Kris Fredheim||1.0|
|Jason Strudwick||72.4||Corey Potter||30.6||Alex Plante||1.0|
|Jeff Petry||66.3||Jonas Brodin||30.3||Richard Petiot||0.6|
Anton Slepyshev Sighting
In other news, Anton Slepyshev finally broke through with his first goal in the KHL. (Autoplay warning)
Tomas Hertl is all of the rage right now for this:
I'm more interested in this, via shiftchart.com
That's the Sharks' shift chart from last night - the green highlight shows Hertl's last 11 minutes. He didn't play after the goal above. I hope that wasn't a form of punishment for "showing off", and if so, I hope Hertl does the same thing the next time out.
Edmonton leads the league!
Informally, Edmonton has the early league lead in own-goals at 4 in 3 games. The data comes from another Twitter survey and it obviously not a complete data set: