You Just Know They Won’t Score: The Player on Each Team With the Lowest Shooting Percentage

Every team has one. That guy who gets so many chances every game but just can’t score if their life depended on it. If they could just bury a few of those chances they could probably become pretty good players, but they just can’t seem to make it happen. Below I’ve listed the player for each team with the lowest shooting percentage last season (minimum 75 SOG):

AHANEIM Nate Thompson 5 87 5.7
ARIZONA David Moss 4 96 4.2
BOSTON Chris Kelly 7 112 6.3
BUFFALO Cody Hodgson 6 127 4.7
CALGARY Mikael Backlund 10 103 9.7
CAROLINA Nathan Gerbe 10 235 4.3
CHICAGO Marcus Kruger 7 126 5.6
COLORADO Cody McLeod 7 94 7.4
COLUMBUS Alexander Wennberg 4 85 4.7
DALLAS Ryan Garbutt 8 143 5.6
DETROIT Tomas Jurco 3 92 3.3
EDMONTON Nail Yakupov 14 191 7.3
FLORIDA Tomas Kopecky 2 106 1.9
LOS ANGELES Kyle Clifford 6 117 5.1
MINNESOTA Jason Pominville 18 252 7.1
MONTREAL Brandon Prust 4 78 5.1
NASHVILLE Olli Jokinen 3 83 3.6
NEW JERSEY Stephen Gionta 5 84 5.9
NEW YORK (I) Cal Clutterbuck 7 124 5.6
NEW YORK (R) Dominic Moore 10 116 8.6
OTTAWA Curtis Lazar 6 92 6.5
PHILADELPHIA P-E Bellemare 6 113 5.3
PITTSBURGH Beau Bennett 4 81 4.9
SAN JOSE Matt Nieto 10 135 7.4
ST. LOUIS Patrik Berglund 12 145 8.3
TAMPA BAY Jonathan Drouin 4 76 5.3
TORONTO David Booth 7 107 6.5
VANCOUVER Chris Higgins 12 171 7
WASHINGTON Tom Wilson 4 79 5.1
WINNIPEG Evander Kane 10 126 7.9

Florida’s Tomas Kopecky get’s the award for worst shooting percentage in the league. He scored 2 goals on 106 chances last season which is pretty impressive if you think about it.

On the opposite side of the spectrum almost every Calgary Flames forward had a shooting percentage of 10 percent or higher. Brandon Bollig was the only Flames regular forward who had a shooting percentage below 9.5 percent (and it was pretty bad at 1.5%). Since Bollig only had 67 shots last season he was excluded with Backlund being their worst at 9.7 percent.

A few notable names on the list include Yakupov, Pominville, and Gerbe who put a ton of shots on net last season but none had more than 18 goals. If they scored on even 10 percent of their chances Yakupov would have had 19 goals, Pominville would have had 25 and Gerbe would have had 23. Each of these guys are a threat to crack 20 or potentially 30 goals next season with a bit more luck.

Note: Lightning fans probably had their money on J.T. Brown to have the lowest shooting percentage as he’s become infamous for missing grade-A chances. You would have been right as his shooting percentage is a lowly 4.1 percent, however, he didn’t meet the minimum shots on goal requirements with only 74 last season. Maybe next year J.T.


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