Thursday, October 11, 2007

Power players

A look at the top power-play players used so far across the league. Team's generally use their first power play line about 70 per cent of the man advantage minutes, so you're going to see these players pick up the majority of those points.

Notable additions and/or changes in bold:

Pronger, Beauchemin
Getzlaf, Bertuzzi, McDonald

Atlanta The Thrashers have long needed PP QBs and Tobias Enstrom, 22, is going to get a long look here
Zhitnik, Enstrom
Kovalchuk, Hossa, Kozlov

Boston It's a little puzzling that, given the firepower here, Ference and Schaefer have received this many PP minutes
Chara, Ference
Murray, Schaefer, Bergeron

Campbell, Spacek
Vanek, Connolly, Roy

Iginla, Tanguay, Huselius, Langkow

Carolina Zoiks, all forwards. Hamilton had the QB role as a specialist in Chicago last year
Stillman, Hamilton, Whitney, Brind'Amour, Cullen

Chicago 34-year-old rookie Magnus Johansson was signed out of Sweden in the summer after solid SEL career
Lang, Williams, Bourque, Perreault

Sakic, Hejduk, Stastny, Smyth

Columbus Another team that needs a PP saviour, Columbus has handed the reins to pint-sized rookie Kris Russell
Russell, Westcott
Nash, Vyborny, Modin

Zubov, Boucher
Morrow, Jokinen, Modano

Lidstrom, Rafalski
Datsyuk, Holmstrom, Zetterberg

Souray, Pitkanen
Hemsky, Penner, Horcoff

Florida With Florida struggling to score, Peltonen and Stumpel won't stay ahead of Horton and Weiss much more
Murphy, Bouwmeester
Peltonen, Stumpel, Jokinen

Los Angeles Blake's 36 and had all of 34 points last year; Johnson, Preissing or Stuart should be here (or Crawford canned)
Visnovsky, Blake
Cammalleri, Kopitar, Frolov

Minnesota With two goals in three games, Brent Burns has arrived
Nummelin, Burns
Rolston, Demitra, Gaborik

Montreal Without Souray, Mark Streit is getting huge PP minutes here and performing admirably so far
Streit, Markov
Higgins, Koivu, Ryder

Nashville I'm afraid I can't explain what Radek Bonk's doing here given Radulov's an option
Zidlicky, Suter
Dumont, Arnott, Bonk

New Jersey The Devils are struggling, but Greene's been okay so far. I'm surprised Paul Martin's not getting more minutes
Rachunek, Greene
Parise, Zajac, Gionta

N.Y. Islanders After a really solid rookie year, Campoli struggled last season, but could blossom here. Weird choices up front
Campoli, Bergeron
Sim, Hunter, Comrie

N.Y. Rangers
Gomez, Shanahan, Drury, Jagr

Redden, Corvo
Heatley, Spezza, Alfredsson

Philadelphia Mike Richards could really surprise this year after a brutal season in 2006-07. He's certainly getting an opportunity
Gagne, Briere, Knuble, Richards

Phoenix Gretzky's baby brigade! I don't ever recall a team, aside from Pittsburgh, with a 19- and 20-year-old on the PP
Doan, Vrbata, Mueller, Hanzal

Gonchar, Whitney
Crosby, Recchi, Malkin

St. Louis Talk about a plum role for Erik Johnson, although a foot fracture's going to slow him down a bit now
Backman, Johnson
Tkachuk, Kariya, Stempniak

San Jose
Marleau, Thornton, Cheechoo

Tampa Bay
Richards, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Ouellet

Kaberle, McCabe
Sundin, Tucker, Blake

Vancouver The Canucks' answer to offence: Ryan Shannon! Yeah, they lost 8-2 to Philadelphia last night
Bieksa, Ohlund
Shannon, Sedin, Sedin

Washington A big-time scorer in junior, Mike Green's getting a shot here. Only one point so far, but I expect more
Poti, Green
Ovechkin, Nylander, Kozlov


At 1:36 PM, October 11, 2007, Blogger Steve said...

None of Souray, Pitkanen, or Penner is a notable addition?

At 1:37 PM, October 11, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

What's to say? That's a pretty predictable power-play line-up for the Oilers.

At 3:00 PM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TB: Prospal got the PP time last night over Ouellet.

At 10:06 PM, October 11, 2007, Blogger The Forechecker said...

Bonk did seem like a bit of an odd choice for the Preds power play, but he's got a couple PP goals tonight already. I think Trotz likes his size and ability to be patient with the puck in traffic.


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