Top 10 Power-Play Underperformers

Tom Collins

2020-05-04

One of the categories I find that often gets overlooked in fantasy hockey drafts is power-play production.

After all, most people just look at the total points, and figure if a player is getting points, then they're probably getting power-play points as well. They're not wrong, but oftentimes a player can be disappointing. Ryan Getzlaf, for example, hasn't produced on the power play in three seasons. Sean Couturier's PP production has topped out at 17 points, despite plenty of man-advantage minutes the past few seasons.

It's such an important category that a few times during the season, I try to do a list that shows power-play trends or surprising PP producers to encourage general managers to see if they can be picked up in your leagues. However, I figured this would also be a good time to look at who underperformed this past season.

Below are 10 players who received plenty of PP but didn't produce much.

10. Bo Horvat

It may seem strange to have Horvat on this list. After all, his 16 power-play points were only two off his career high. However, Horvat played 253:34 on the power play last season, 13th highest in the league. So his man-advantage production simply wasn't good enough. Especially when you consider that other Canucks on that top line had much better production. T.J. Miller and Quinn Hughes both had 25 PPP, and Elias Pettersson had 24.

9. Brady Tkachuk

There were 71 players with at least 200 power-play minutes this season. Brady Tkachuk was one of only two players to finish with fewer than 10 power-play points (the second player is much higher on this list). Tkachuk is already a beast in most leagues, finishing with 106 PIM, 259 shots and 303 hits in 71 games. Imagine how much value he will have once he can get to a consistent 30 goals, 70 points and 20 power-play points. He'd be an easy first-round pick in banger leagues. For now, his power-play production has been ugly with just eight man-advantage points this season.

8. Ryan Johansen

A few years back, you could count on Johansen to post a minimum of 20 power-play points per year. He hit that mark in four straight seasons, averaging 23 PPP during that time. In the last two seasons, that number dipped to an average of 16. This year, it dropped even further, down to nine PPP in 68 games. No one knew what type of impact Matt Duchene was going to have on the Preds power-play, but it seems that it knocked Johansen off the top unit for games at a time. Not good, and it's another reason why Johansen should be undraftable in most leagues.

7. Erik Gustafsson

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