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11-08-2013, 11:07 AM
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Lorne Henning: VI did a bio on him last time he selected him, and that’s literally all I can get on the guy. He was playing just over 30 years ago, yet is mostly lost to history. VI even made a statistical case for Henning, something he’s normally loath to do, assumedly because there was just nothing else out there. He played in the era of the “scouting report” books but was not “significant” enough on that strong Isles team to ever be one of the 10-12 players to get a short bio. All he has is a LOH entry and an extremely strong statistical case. He should be an MLD penalty killer, though, on that case alone.
Henning was an otherwise unimpressive player, but selecting him at the AAA level (and even at the MLD level) practically guarantees that you will have a good penalty kill. He killed 58% of penalties for his team, 1st among available forwards (and was 1st heading into this draft, too), and for PK units 25% better than average on the penalty kill, also 1st among available forwards with 20+% career PK usage (and he was 1st in that category heading into the draft as well). So, his status as the AAA draft’s best post-expansion PK forward is pretty secure.
Henning was quite mediocre offensively… that is, unless he was shorthanded. Then he was a whiz. His 42 career SHP are 2nd among available players, and the one guy ahead of him with 44 literally played over double the games. Henning’s career average of 6 adjusted SHP per season is easily the highest among available players. No one else remaining even had 5.

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