Top 10 Poor Power-Play Performers

Tom Collins


A good power play can make all the difference in the NHL, but also with your fantasy squad. 

A player one year might have 70 points, with 20 of them coming on the power-play. If that same player struggles with the man advantage the following season and finishes with five power-play points, he might drop to a 55-point player. It can make a big difference between a bona fide keeper and one who is almost droppable. 

Below are 10 players who have been performing poorly on the power play this year. The only criteria I have for this list is that I could only use one player per team. If not, this list would be full of Coyotes and Canadiens. 

We’re going to look at players who are disappointing compared to previous years, as well as players who are disappointing compared to their opportunity and what their linemates are doing. 

Before I begin, a quick honourable mention goes to Mark Stone, who had four power-play points in 28 games before going on the IR for potentially the rest of the season. He was on pace for his worst power-play production since joining the NHL full-time, but it didn’t feel right including him if he’s not coming back the rest of the season. 

10. Max Comtois

The Ducks are a bit different than most teams, as the team pretty much gives everyone the same amount of power-play time per game. They have 13 players that average between 1:42 to 2:39 of power-play time per night, although two of those players include Mason McTavish and Vinni Lettieri, who have played a combined 26 games. Comtois, fourth on the team in power-play time per game at 2:14 a night, has just two power-play points, both assists. He’s been off the power play altogether since Jan. 31, while players such as Nicolas Deslauriers and Derek Grant have been getting the time instead. 

9. Jonathan Toews

It’s been a tough season for the Blackhawks captain. A slow start after missing all of last year, Toews hasn’t lost his spot on the top power-play unit. However, all that ice time hasn’t helped, as he has just four power-play points. Meanwhile, teammates Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat have 18 power-play points apiece, and Dylan Strome has 10. He’s had up and down power-play point seasons in the past, but considering he hasnR