Power Hungry

Tim Lucarelli

2011-08-18

 

Stafford

 

With each passing day of the NHL offseason, fantasy owners look further and further into statistics, hoping desperately to find the "steal" of the draft. Almost every guide or magazine on the market will provide their reasons why each player will score X amount of points. But even in most "points-only" leagues, power-play-points is still a prevalent scoring category.  Remember that if a player scores a point on the power-play, you're typically collecting points in two scoring categories instead of one. This article will look into some of the clutch performers from last season and whether or not they have the opportunity to replicate that success.

 

Let's start with an example. On draft day, who would you choose first, Nathan Horton or Drew Stafford? Without looking at statistics, I'd probably choose Horton. I realize that Horton played 80 games and Stafford only played 62 which could already sway your vote, but let's look at the fact that both scored right around the same number of points. Surprisingly, Horton scored only 15% of his points on the power-play, as Stafford scored 37% of his on the man advantage. Assuming Stafford scored the same number of points in 80 games played, the power-play advantage would be a huge bonus for those who drafted Stafford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Play

Name

Team

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

PPP

PP%

PP/G

82P

Nathan Horton