Top 10 PP TOI Surprises (Very) Early This Season

Tom Collins

2021-01-18

We're only a couple of games into the campaign, but it's already worth noting which players are starting with more power-play time than many of us anticipated.

No exhibition games made it tough for fantasy general managers to get a firm grasp on plans for many of the teams. Many of us were taking guesses, only able to get information based on line combinations during practices.

Below are 10 players who have been getting a lot of power-play time early. Something else they have in common is that they are available in Yahoo pools. Every player is sitting on the waiver wire in at least one-third of leagues, and six of the names are available in at least 80 percent.

Just remember, and I can not stress this enough, that we are dealing with an extremely small sample size here. Things are fluid and can change rapidly. However, you need to be aware of whether these guys can stick in these spots and be ready to pick them up quickly if you need a replacement.

As a side note, I am not including Nils Hoglander as I suspect he'll be losing his spot on the top power-play unit now that J.T. Miller is back practicing with the squad.

10. P.K. Subban

The Devils are determined to get as much use out of Subban and his massive contract as they can, and are giving him every opportunity to succeed. His 4:46 of power-play time per night leads the Devils (which accounts for about 68 percent of all of the team's power-play minutes), and he's averaging 28:21 of ice time per night. The same thing happened last year until Subban lost that top spot. This year, Damon Severson and Ty Smith are on the second unit, so it might not take much for one of them to move up.

9. Matt Grzelcyk

Much of the debate this summer was whether Grzelcyk or Charlie McAvoy would be the guy running the top power play in Boston now that Torey Krug is gone. Two games into the season, it's easily Grzelcyk, leading the Bruins in power-play ice time at 4:10 per game (that's 78.2 percent of Boston's power-play minutes). Meanwhile, McAvoy is at 1:26 per night on power-play time. Grzelcyk picked up a power-play assist in the Bruins' first game against New Jersey and his overall ice time is at 23:10 per night, up five minutes a night from last year. As a side note,