While most fantasy leagues employ the standard scoring categories of goals, assists, power-play points, plus-minus and penalty minutes, many leagues are starting to use more estoeric statistics such as hits and blocked shots, mirroring the use of advanced metrics to measure on-ice performance such as Corsi or Fenwick
. Hits and blocked shots aren't exactly the same as the WAR (wins above replacement) or VORP (value over replacement player) metrics used in baseball, but they add another layer to a defenseman's effectiveness. Some players rake in points but are less likely to hit another player than one of the Sedin twins. For instance, while Alex Pietrangelo is in the midst of a campaign that should generate a nomination for the Norris Trophy, he has a modest 16 hits along with his 18 points, but he's in the top 10 for blocked shots.
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