Wild West: Power Play Units by Team Part 1

Grant Campbell

2021-08-30

In going through each team of the 2021-22 Dobber's Fantasy Guide, I thought I would focus on the first and second power-play units of each team in the West. We will look at any changes from last season in terms of new players, new coaches and see how the teams and players did last year.

Most teams deploy four forwards and one defender, but we have broken down how each team deploys below and how much power-play time each player had last season.

Anaheim Ducks (31st in the NHL last year at 8.9 percent/net 4.9) (30th in opportunities)

The Ducks deployed four forwards and one defenceman 62.4 percent of the time while producing seven (63.6 percent) of their 11 PP goals while being responsible for three of the five SH goals against.

First Unit:

Rickard Rakell (53.1 percent on PP last year); no PPG and four PPP last season

Trevor Zegras (56.8); no PPP in 24 games last year

Ryan Getzlaf (48.3); led the team with three PPG

Kevin Shattenkirk (53.0); led the team with five PPP

Jamie Drysdale (52.2); one PPP in 24 games

Second Unit:

Max Comtois (44.7); four PPP

Adam Henrique (45.9); two PPP

Jakob Silfverberg (45.3); three PPP

Sonny Milano (26.8); no PPP in six games

Cam Fowler (45.8); four PPP

Troy Terry (45.7); no PPP in 48 games

The Ducks haven't made any significant roster changes and barely did anything with the man advantage last season with a net percentage of 4.9. The status quo is not working so expect some changes and more reliance on Trevor Zegras and/or Jamie Drysdale to get significant time. The units will still need Getzlaf or Henrique to take faceoffs until Zegras has improved significantly. The only change I could see from the projected units above is for Shattenkirk or Drysdale to be replaced by one of Comtois, Henrique, Silfverberg, Milano or Terry.

Arizona Coyotes: (13th – 20.8/18.5) (5th)

The Coyotes deployed four and one 65.1 percent of the time but only scored 18 (51.43 percent) of their 35 PP goals but gave up all four SH goals against. Jakob Chychrun was on the ice for three of the SH goals against.

First Unit:

Clayton Keller (51.0); four PPG and 10 PPP in 56 games

Christian Dvorak (52.9); eight PPG and 11 PPP in 56 games