Wild West: Power-Play Trends in the West

Grant Campbell

2021-11-15

This week we are going to look at how each team in the West is doing on the power-play so far and how each team is allocating ice time. With the players, we are going to look at the percentage of power-play time and power-play points per 60 minutes.

To put things in perspective, last season Connor McDavid was at 9.5 PPP/60, which is at the top of the pile. The best players typically come in between six and nine. Unless you are playing on the Oilers power-play, if a player's number is above 10 below it will come down to earth.

Anaheim Ducks – 4th in the NHL at 28.3 percent (31st last year at 8.9 percent)

The Ducks have improved their power-play this season, which was bound to be the case, but I'm not sure many would have had this team this high in the league at this point. Especially when Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale have not been big reasons for the success to this point. The top two units are split about 50/50 so far this year in ice time and recent games have been:

PP1: Troy Terry (43.6% PP time, 10.6 PPP/60MIN), Adam Henrique (44.1, 6.4), Sonny Milano (34.2, 11.3), Kevin Shattenkirk (44.5, 11.1), Cam Fowler (46.1, 10.7)

PP2: Trevor Zegras (50.4, 3.2), Ryan Getzlaf (57.2, 6.1), Mason McTavish (41.6, 4.3), Jakob Silfverberg (38.2, 6.6), Jamie Drysdale (48.8, 2.9)

When Rickard Rackell (58.5, 5.8) is back in the lineup expect him to replace Comtois or McTavish. Vinni Lettieri (41.3, 10.1) has also seen PP time and been productive so could be slotted in as well. Max Comtois (44.1, 0) has struggled and was a healthy scratch on Sunday night.

Interesting to note, that Zegras has yet to record a PP point in his career after 37 career games even though he has averaged above 50 percent of PP time. I had written this before the game and of course not only did Zegras get a PPP, but he h