What’s the biggest takeaway when it comes to these five players? For starters, they are at the top of their game when it comes to takeaways. There was also a tie for third spot on the list, including a rookie that lit the lamp 40 times.
Who led the way in the category in 2016-17? Hint: This Ottawa forward bested his nearest rival by a baker’s dozen.
Top 2016-17 Takeaway leaders
1. Mark Stone – 96
Stone gave the Senators solid offence, netting 22 goals and recording 54 points in 2016-17, but he was equally impactful on the defensive side. Finishing sixth in voting for the Frank J. Selke Award, the 25-year-old had a league-best 96 takeaways, 13 more than his closest competition.
2. Jaccob Slavin – 83
Carolina’s rock-steady defenceman posted 34 points and a solid plus-23 rating in 2016-17. The Colorado native, who appeared in all 82 regular season games, had 83 takeaways for the Hurricanes, an improvement of 29 over his rookie campaign.
3. Filip Forsberg – 76
Nashville’s standout centreman was stellar in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 16 points in 22 post-season games. In the regular season, Forsberg reached the 30-goal plateau for the second straight campaign, while also posting a career-best 76 takeaways.
T-3. Connor McDavid – 76
Edmonton’s superstar captain was on the top of his game throughout the 2016-17 season, leading the league in assists (70) and points (100). McDavid, whose trophy haul included the Ted Lindsay Award and Hart Memorial Trophy, notched 76 takeaways.
T-3. Auston Matthews – 76
The 2017 Calder Memorial Trophy recipient led the league with 32 even-strength tallies, totaling 40 goals and 69 points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews also blocked 61 shots and had 76 takeaways in his impressive rookie NHL season.