So… Much like my nerdy pizza faced alter ego from my high school days of yore, I once shared a quality with Ryan Whitney. The inability to score.
No one can claim he hasn’t contributed to the offence with 17 assists in 19 games, 6 of those coming on the powerplay, but after botching a clear shot at the empty net last night, one has to wonder just how long the drought may continue. Maybe next time he’ll skate the puck all the way into the net instead of pushing it wide from the blue line.
The most assists tallied by a defenceman in a single season were a whopping 102 by Bobby Orr in the 1970-71 season. I don’t think we can expect to see that again anytime soon, but Whitney’s white knuckled gripping of the stick last night got me wondering who the current record holder is for most assists in a season without bulging the twine. The answer to that trivia question <insert drumroll> Damn it!!! No one seems to have researched this yet!!! Guess I’ll have to do some leg work…
There you have it. I researched the last 10 seasons as a guideline and have no inclination to compare all seasons. Congrats to Anders Eriksson for the dubious disintction!
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