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12-26-2011, 04:16 PM
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The Minutemen select another pesty fourth liner in versatile Steve Ott, who has 1000+ PIMs in just over 500 NHL games, with an increasing role each of the nine seasons he has played. Over a three-year stretch he scored a decent 114 points, including 16 powerplay goals, not bad secondary scoring for a career Bottom-6 role player. He is renowned for often getting Iginla into the penalty box and for one particular shoving match with opposing coach Laviolette.

Gets by on hard work and dogged determination. Excels at throwing opponents off their game with shift-disturbing precision. Can kill penalties, take face-offs, play a scoring role and line up at all three forward positions.

As part of his pestiness, Ott learned and memorized offensive phrases in other languages to strategically annoy his opponents on the ice in a language they could understand.

The league leader last year in excess defensive zone starts was Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars. He was on the ice for 326 more defensive zone faceoffs than offensive zone ones. This shows that he played a pretty tough defensive role for Dallas. Despite that, Steve Ott did not appear on a single Selke Trophy ballot. Are these facts inconsistent?

Ott played a pretty tough defensive role, but he did not receive recognition for it. Part of the problem is one of recognition. The Selke Trophy is voted upon largely by reputation. Increasingly, offensive totals are taken into account and Ott had a 12 goal, 32 point season which is not particularly spectacular.

He takes defensive faceoffs against all comers, without much concern for whether or not the opposition are the best scorers on the team or not. Ott is a pretty good faceoff man. He won 56.6% of the faceoffs he took in 2010/11. He was used in a defensive role in part because of his ability to take and win faceoffs. While he takes quite a few penalties, he also draws penalties with his aggressive play.

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