First off, i'm sure this thread title has been used before, but it fits so im using it again.
Now, we all know Brown has been at the center of trade discussion for years, and this season is no different. People like to look solely at point production and then make judgments on his value to the team. Now certainly, being up on the first line, he's expected to score. I'd argue that he doesn't belong up there and i'm sure many would agree. But thats a different discussion entirely.
So what DOES Brown do for this team. We are all aware of his propensity for diving... errr, lack of great skating ability. But how does that play into his value to the team? Well, he happens to draw penalties. In fact, he draws a lot of penalties. Here are some numbers:
(Full credit to: Daniel Wagner at TheScore.com/nhl for his complete breakdown on this statistic. Also, sorry for ****ty formatting.)Name Pos Team GP Penalties Taken Penalties Drawn Penalties Taken/60 Minutes Penalties Drawn/60 Minutes Penalty +/-
Dustin Brown RW L.A 11 3 11 1.2 4.3 +8
What is happening here? The key stats listed above are Penalties taken (3), Penalties Drawn (11), and Penalty +/- (+8). Well, Brown is drawing, on average, a penalty per game. Subtracting the few penalties he's taken, he's giving his team a PP opportunity in roughly 3 out of 4 games played. It should also be noted that Brown has drawn 20% of this team's penalties. The unfortunate twist in all of this, is that this team's PP% is awful. If i remember correctly they didn't score a PP goal for the first 19-20 PP opportunities this year? So that PP% is going up, and probably looks pretty good over the last 30 opportunities. But, given an average of say, 20% effectiveness, he's contributing approximately 1 goal every 6-7 games just buy doing what he normally does. That should equate to roughly 6-7 goals in this shortened season.
We all know that Brown draws penalties. Some people hate the fact that he tends to dive, or is perceived as a diver, but I wanted to illustrate how that all contributes to this team's chances of success. It's just another one of those things that he does, that tends to fly under the radar in terms of perceived value.