The Circle | The butterfly style, Logan Mailloux and … the less productive players


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Which side?

In baseball, which side will an ambidextrous hitter stand relative to the pitcher’s arm? Will it be on the same side as the pitcher’s arm or on the opposite side?

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Response from Alexander Pratt:

Good morning. Usually, hitters will choose the left side when facing a right handed pitcher and the right side when facing a left handed gunner.

Butterfly Effect

As for the number of goals scored often over the shoulders of the goalkeepers, would the butterfly style be the cause or is it overused or abused?

Jacques Tanguay

Response from Richard Labbé:

You are absolutely right: there are more and more goals under the crossbar, and the players are used to (and very skilled!) When it comes time to shoot at this very precise point. This is not without irony; in the past the players shot low because the goalkeepers were high, now it’s quite the opposite. Can it be said that the players have ended up adjusting and “understanding” the style of the butterfly, to the point of exploiting its weaknesses? I would say yes, and I foresee a too distant future where goalkeepers will have to adopt a hybrid style, between the standing position and the butterfly. Furthermore, studies will eventually show that the butterfly style is very damaging to the knees, hips and back. This too should not be overlooked.

All this for this

It always fascinates me to see a player who, after a long period in the minors, scores his first goal in the NHL. Do you know how many players have scored at least one goal in the league, how many have not scored and which are the five players who have played the most games without a goal?

Michele Menard

Response from Alexander Pratt:

Good morning. To facilitate the search, we have only taken into account the statistics of the season. A total of 6,151 forwards and defenders scored at least one goal. On the other hand, 1310 position players were canceled. The five least productive skaters?

Steven Halko: 155 games without goals
Matt Smaby: 122 games
Dallas Eakins: 120 games
Gordie Dwyer: 108 games
Kim Clackson: 106 games

The future of Mailloux

I confess I’m perplexed about Logan Mailloux’s future. Is he the expected outstanding player? Will he be sold or will he be at the retirement of the big club? Please enlighten me!

Gaetan Quenneville

Response from Katherine Harvey-Pinard:

Unfortunately, the only two people who might answer you are Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton. What we do know for the moment is that Hughes does not “intend” to negotiate with Mailloux during the off-season. “Logan is still being evaluated, less as a hockey player than as a person, as a member of a community,” the GM recently explained. As the youngster evolves into Canadian junior hockey, CH has two years after his draft to get along with him, which brings us to 1uh June 2023.

If the Habs don’t hire him by that date, he’ll get a second pick as compensation. As you indicate, Hughes may also decide to sell Mailloux’s rights to another team. Otherwise, the young defender should take part in the retreat… if the team invites him (which did not happen last year).

Mailloux has long been regarded as a leading potential customer. In other circumstances, he would already have a contract in his pocket at this point. However, the fact that he has only played 16 matches in OHL (due to the pandemic, disqualification and shoulder injury) is a factor of uncertainty.



The crowd went wild after the Colorado Avalanche’s victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 15th.

Back when I was checking NHL game scores in print papers, you could see participation in the summary. Today I usually go to the NHL site where there is a lot of information about each player, but nothing about the support. Is it published somewhere and where?

Yvon Veilleux

Response from Guillaume Lefrancois:

Hi, it is true that the information is not as easily found as before. However, the NHL continues to publish it in its official documents for every game. On, go to the “Results” section, then click “Gamecenter” for the game you are interested in. Scroll down the right column and under the three stars you will see the “Official Match Reports” section. All documents in this section show the attendance figure at the top, center.

The HockeyDB reference site features interesting historical attendance data. There is therefore a way to consult them by season, but also by team. Hope to enlighten you!





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