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Time for some silly stats today - let's look at the leaders from the NHL 2005-6 Regular Season in terms of Giveaways. Who coughed up the puck more often than a cat with bronchitis? Let's have the envelopes, please...









Top 10 in Total Giveaways (The Roberto Duran Trophy)
Ilya KOVALCHUK, ATL 127
Ales HEMSKY, EDM 123
Chris PRONGER, EDM 110
Jaromir JAGR, NYR 109
Sergei ZUBOV, DAL 103
Joe THORNTON, S.J 102
Brian RAFALSKI, N.J 97
Marc SAVARD, ATL 94
Mike MODANO, DAL 93
Jason SPEZZA, OTT 93








Top 5 in 3rd Period & OT Giveaways (The Bill Buckner Award)
Ales HEMSKY, EDM 42
Ilya KOVALCHUK, ATL 39
Bryan McCabe, TOR 36
Patrick Marleau, S.J 36
Marc SAVARD, ATL 35
Chris PRONGER, EDM 35



As a further refinement, I could add in Time On Ice to try and get a handle on who's logging more giveaways per minute of ice time. And in light of the finding last week that Giveaways actual seem to be correlated with positive results, the impression I get is more that Giveaways are indicative of having the puck more often, and trying to do more with it. As a result, some giveaways occur, but positive offensive plays occur as well, if not more often.

Later today I'll post similar numbers for Takeaways...