Who Leads the NHL in Blocked Shots This Year?

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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez stakes against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Mar 29, 2023, 1:08 PM

Hockey players put their bodies on the line every shift, and there are few things tougher than blocking a shot going 90-plus miles an hour.

Like most penalty minutes, blocked shots aren’t really a major stat, are the first line of defense for teams, and help limit the scoring chances of the opposing teams.

Here are the blocked shots leaders as of March 29.

Player Team Games Played Shots Blocked
Alec Martinez Vegas Golden Knights 69 224
Jacob Trouba New York Rangers 74 182
Moritz Seider Detroit Red Wings 73 177
Brayden McNabb Vegas Golden Knights 74 177
David Savard Montreal Canadiens 62 176
Andrew Peeke Columbus Blue Jackets 71 174
Jared Spurgeon Minnesota Wild 73 173
Alex Pietrangelo Vegas Golden Knights 65 161
Adam Larsson Seattle Kraken 73 156
Trevor van Riemsdyk Washington Capitals 73 155

Alec Martinez of the Vegas Golden Knights is the league’s best shot blocker by a wide margin with 224, but the margins tighten after that.

Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon has fallen to the seventh spot, while Jacob Trouba of the New York Rangers sits at two. Andrew Peeke of the Columbus Blue Jackets is making his second appearance in the top 10. Alex Pietrangelo sits at eight, while Adam Larsson of the Seattle Kraken comes in at ninth with 156 shots.

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