Top 10 power-play surprises 2018-19

Tom Collins

2019-03-04

 

In last week’s column, we looked at 10 players that would be good to trade for in keeper pools.

Those 10 players are having underachieving seasons. One common theme between the skaters, and even those that didn’t make my list, is the fact that their power-play numbers are awful. That got me thinking about the flip side and which players have posted surprising numbers with the man advantage.  

One caveat to take consideration is that the power-play numbers for the listed players are all relative. A player with 12 power-play points may not seem that impressive, but maybe going into the season he wasn’t expected to get any. That’s why that player would be on this list.

 

10. Torey Krug

Let’s all take a second to reflect on how great, and underrated, Krug has been this season. His 28 power-play points is already a career high (and second-highest amongst defensemen). That number is even more impressive when you consider he missed the first three weeks of the campaign with an ankle injury. He’s on a 70-point pace in an 82-game season, and his 46 points are the 10th-highest among defensemen.

 

9. Alex Chiasson

We’ve been here before with Chiasson — in 2013-14, he had 14 power-play points with the Dallas Stars — but sometimes it just has to do with opportunity. Getting some power-play time (and playing with elite players) can do wonders for some guys. Chiasson isn’t owned in many leagues as he doesn’t contribute much in any fantasy category, but any fantasy general manager that does roster him has to be pleased with the six power-play goals and 12 power-play points.

 

8. Neal Pionk

Pionk is lower on the list because he hasn’t been a power-play force since the start of December. However, he was excellent at the beginning of the season. Up until Nov. 21, when he was the Rangers top power-play defenseman with the Rangers, Pionk had 11 power-play points. Since then, he’s had only two. Despite that, and a few healthy scratches, he still leads the Rangers’ defense corps in both goals and assists with the man advantage.

 

7. Matthew Tkachuk

Even though we knew Tkachuk was going to be a superstar, he’s progressing at a much faster rate than many of us anticipated. He’s almost a point-per-game player despite second-line duties, and being on the top power-play unit is really helping his point total. He has 23 power-play points (already besting his career high from last year) and has a great chance of cracking 30.

 

6. Mark Giordano

I’m part of a points-only pool where we have an auction before out draft. Basically, you can bid on any dropped player with a pick from that year’s draft, but the owner who dropped the player gets that pick. I dropped Giordano, and someone bid the 58th overall pick for him. That was a great steal, as Giordano has been phenomenal this year. Part of Giordano’s amazing season has