Fantasy Top-10: Power-Play Disappointments

Tom Collins

2018-01-08

A key to a successful NHL squad is a good power play. One could argue the same holds true for fantasy squads as well.

Many leagues count power play points in some capacity, but even general managers of points-only leagues should pay attention to the stat. It’s the difference between a 60-point Brad Marchand and an 81-point Brad Marchand.

Below are 10 players who are struggling with the power play production this season.

 

10. Rasmus Ristolainen

The 23-year-old Sabres defenseman is almost an honourable mention as he has three power play points in his last five games. Those three PPP has doubled his season total and now puts him on pace for 13 in 73 games. That’s still way below the 20-plus man-advantage points in his previous two seasons. The Sabres’ power play has slowly been getting better. They rank second last in power play percentage at 11.9 per cent, but have converted on 20.6 per cent of their chances in their last 10 games.

 

9. Dougie Hamilton

Hamilton is on pace for eight power play points after averaging 15 the last three seasons. It always feels like Hamilton should be getting plenty of power play time and racking up a ton of power play points, but that seems unlikely to ever happen at this stage. If anything, his usage of his team’s power plays is diminishing year after year.

 

8. Jordan Eberle

It’s been a few years since Eberle provided good power play numbers. After back-to-back seasons with 21 PPP, Eberle had 11 and 13 power play points the last two seasons. This year, he has four PPP in 43 games and is on pace for eight. Don’t expect much of a change unless Josh Bailey is out long-term, allowing Eberle to get back on the top power play unit.

 

7. Corey Perry

Perry is on pace for nine power play points after back-to-back seasons of 20-plus. He’s gone 13 straight games without a power play point despite averaging about 3:00 a game during that stretch. Although 12 of those games came before Perry’s knee injury. Perry has been struggling this season, but there haven’t been many games when both he and