Ramblings: Reviewing power-play IPP for 2019-20 – July 2

Michael Clifford

2020-07-02

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I just wanted to mention that Alex MacLean is going to have a very informative 'Capped' column coming out later today. I recommend everyone in cap leagues read through it and bookmark it.

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Individual points percentage (IPP) is a very important number to know. It's not something regularly discussed even when high-end hockey analysts talk about the game. The reason is that it's tied to points, and points aren't everything in real hockey. They're very important in the fantasy, game, however, so I thought I'd take a Ramblings to talk about it.

What IPP is, very simply, is the percentage of goals on which a player manages a point. So, if Filip Forsberg is on the ice for 100 Nashville goals, and he racks up a point on 60 of them, his IPP is 60 percent. It's usually expressed at 5-on-5, but for today, we'll talk about the power play.

The genesis of this Ramblings was Rick Roos's 'Goldipucks' column yesterday where he talked about David Perron and his IPP. So, let's talk about IPP on the power play. Stats from Natural Stat Trick or our Dobber Tools. We'll be talking about 5-on-4 power plays only, unless otherwise identified.

Obviously, the more talented players will tend to have a higher IPP. Think of it like this: if you're the Rangers, would you rather have Artemi Panarin as the main puck-handler on the power play, or Pavel Buchnevich? No disrespect intended here, but there's a clear answer. When we look at IPP over the last three years, this is the top of the list of forwards (minimum of 500 minutes at 5-on-4):

 

 

The two names that might surprise people are Josh Bailey and Teuvo Teravainen, but they're reliable distributors for their respective clubs. Otherwise, we see elite offensive players. Just down the list are names like Kane, Pastrnak, Matthews, and Draisaitl.

We'll note a couple things here, though. Only two players cracked 80 percent, none reached 85 percent, and only a handful surpassed 75 percent; our sample includes 94 forwards and only eight averaged at least 75 percent over the last three years.

The drop-off for defencemen is even steeper. Roman Josi actually leads the lea