Top 10 Power-Play Disappointments

Tom Collins

2021-11-29

We are at the one-quarter mark of the season, and some prominent players haven’t figured out how to score when their team is up a man.

Much of this has to do with the team they are on. Have a look at the worst teams for power-play effectiveness: The Islanders, Golden Knights, Canadiens, Penguins, Coyotes, Devils and Flyers.

There are some pretty good fantasy players on those teams. Imagine how much more productive some players would be if they could only pick up a power-play once in a while.

Many leagues include power-play points as a category, but even if yours doesn’t, this is a statistic you should be paying attention to. Every league includes points, and power-play points can make up a large portion of a player’s point total. A poor power-play performer could mean the difference between a 60-point player and a 70-point player.

Below are 10 players who are struggling so far on the man advantage. To keep this from being a list solely of Penguins and Knights, we are going to look at a maximum of one player from each team.

10. Brady Tkachuk

After missing the first few games of the season because he didn’t have a contract, Tkachuk has been in the lineup for 16 games. In that time, he has zero power-play points. That puts him on an 82-game pace of *checks notes* zero power-play points. He’s never put up many points when his team has a man advantage, which is why he’s so low on this list, but there’s always hope that he can finally start producing. We’re at the point where maybe he should start getting fewer man-advantage minutes.

9. Keith Yandle

If Yandle wasn’t 23 games away from breaking the record for most consecutive games played, there’s a solid chance he would be a healthy scratch. At this stage of his career, Yandle is only good to help boost the power play, but he’s not able to do that this season. He hasn’t put up a power-play point since the third game of the campaign and has just two on the season. He’s been so bad that the Flyers have finally started taking him off the top power-play unit. From October 15 to November 16, Yandle averaged 3:05 a night, about 55.9 percent of Philly’s PP minutes. In the last six games, that has dropped to 1:42 per game, about 36 percent of Philly’s power-play minutes.

8. Mathew Barzal

If there’s any team that deserves a reset on this season, it’s the Islanders. They started with 13 straight road games, and then have been hit with Covid since they’ve returned home.