Dallas Stars Leaders In Penalty Plus Minus

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Yet another category where Tyler Seguin paces the Stars.

The season is nearing it's end and we haven't checked in on the penalty situation in depth in a while. Extraskater.com makes it very easy to pull the data. What I've done is made a quick table showing penalties taken and drawn by anyone who has skated a shift for the Dallas Stars this season.

I removed goalies though. Sorry Tim Thomas.

The chart below is sorted by penalty +/-. The higher the number indicates the greater positive impact. The lower the number indicates the player is putting the Stars in a deeper hole.

Tyler Seguin once again is pretty dominant in this stat. He leads the Stars at plus 18. Our Russian friend Valeri Nichushkin is right on his heels at +16. Combined the duo has only taken six penalties all year. Given the amount of ice time that Seguin in particular gets, his + 18 is a nice boost to the Stars.

Name POS Taken Drawn +/-
Tyler Seguin C 3 21 18
Valeri Nichushkin R 3 19 16
Jamie Benn L 21 28 7
Erik Cole L 10 17 7
Dustin Jeffrey C 0 3 3
Cody Eakin C 18 21 3
Vernon Fiddler L 16 19 3
Rich Peverley C 6 8 2
Chris Mueller C 0 1 1
Cameron Gaunce D 2 3 1
Jamie Oleksiak D 1 1 0
Colton Sceviour C 2 2 0
Lane MacDermid L 1 1 0
Patrik Nemeth D 0 0 0
Travis Morin C 0 0 0
Maxime Fortunus D 0 0 0
Alex Chiasson R 14 13 -1
Ray Whitney L 7 5 -2
Aaron Rome D 4 2 -2
Alex Goligoski D 14 12 -2
Stephane Robidas D 6 3 -3
Kevin Connauton D 8 4 -4
Sergei Gonchar D 10 6 -4
Ryan Garbutt C 38 33 -5
Jordie Benn D 15 8 -7
Brenden Dillon D 34 26 -8
Antoine Roussel L 52 42 -10
Shawn Horcoff C 22 7 -15
Trevor Daley D 19 3 -16

There is another side to this. Trevor Daley and Shawn Horcoff have taken significantly more penalties than they have drawn.

Two players not on either end of the spectrum stand out. Alex Goligoski stands out for the role he has played this season. The Stars have relied upon him for heavy minutes yet he is only a -2. Ryan Garbutt is only a -5, but as you can see he has taken 38 penalties. The 33 he has drawn balance the total out. The fact that he is so close to even is pretty remarkable given the hard nosed type of game he plays. The same could be said for Antoine Roussel, though he is a little further off the deep end.

What does this all mean? If you keep in mind that the average power play is going to score around 20% of the time then you can see the extra value seasons like Nichushkin's and Seguin's add to a team. Between the two of them they have added close to an expected seven goals. The penalty taking tendencies of Horcoff and Daley have sadly negated those positives.

In conclusion, once again all hail our new overlord Tyler Seguin.

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