Wild West: Power Play Units by Team Part 2

Grant Campbell

2021-08-30

Continuing from Part 1

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.

Nashville Predators (23rd – 17.6/16.4) (17th)

Nashville deployed four and one 71.7 percent of the time which was responsible for 22 (81.48 percent) of the 27 PP goals and both of the SH goals against.

First Unit:

Filip Forsberg (58.7); three PPG and 13 PPP in 39 games

Ryan Johansen (59.2); three PPG and seven PPP in 48 games

Mikael Granlund (55.3); five PPG and seven PPP in 51 games

Eeli Tolvanen (57.0); six PPG and 12 PPP in 40 games

Roman Josi (63.5); one PPG and 14 PPP in 48 games

Second Unit:

Matt Duchene (44.7); one PPG and three PPP in 34 games

Cody Glass (new) (48.8); four PPG and five PPP in 27 games with Vegas

Philip Tomasino (new); 32 points in 29 games with Chicago of the AHL last season

Mattias Ekholm (34.3); two PPP in 48 games

Dante Fabbro (7.9); one PPG and two PPP in 40 games

David Farrance (51.9); no PPP in two games with Nashville after 16 points in 11 games with Boston University

The Predators need to improve their power play but need one of Johansen, Duchene or Granlund to be out on the first unit to take face-offs. I would say from last season that Forsberg, Tolvanen and Josi should be locked on the first unit with one of Johansen, Granlund or Duchene with perhaps Cody Glass or Tomasino taking the fifth spot.

San Jose Sharks (29th – 14.1/11.5) (19th)

San Jose deployed four and one 58.4 percent of the time which was responsible for 19 (86.36 percent) of the 22 PP goals and three of the four SH goals against.

First Unit:

Evander Kane (59.5); three PPG and seven PPP in 56 games

Logan Couture (54.5); two PPG and six PPP in 53 games

Tomas Hertl (57.3); four PPG and 10 PPP in 50 games

Brent Burns (56.5); two PPG and six PPP in 56 games

Erik Karl