Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s irregular series, Top 5, in which we rank the best, and sometimes, worst, of rankings by numbers. Today, we take a look at enforcers, not just for the sake of racking up box minutes and hits, but also being productive to team in greater ways.
Chris Neil takes No. 5 of most productive enforcers this season.
5. Chris Neal, Ottawa Senators
Chris Neal is always a bit of a tough customer to handle, but enforcer has grinned out 228 hits (T-4th) while dropping the gloves six times with 114 penalty minutes. Outside of that, however, he’s more than just a physical threat.
With 11 goals and 14 assists, the right winger is having his best productive year since the 2005-06 season. He’s also taken the puck with 18 shot blocks. Not bad for a winger. Credit that to the penalty kill.
4. Derek Dorsett, Columbus Blue Jackets
With players who have 50+ games under the belt, Dorsett is No. 3 in penalty minutes per game with 2.95. Maybe not the best perceptio...