Top 10 Power-Play Surprises of 2021-22

Tom Collins

2022-04-18

One thing to keep in mind during your fantasy draft and then throughout the season is that you always want to target players who are getting plenty of power-play time.

After all, most leagues count power-play points as a category, but even in points-only pools, many players can get a boost by playing top minutes with the man advantage. A decent power play can mean the difference between a 60-point player and an 80-point player.

While there are fewer than two weeks to the season, I thought this would be a good time to start looking at players who were successful with the man advantage. Keep in mind that we’re not necessarily looking at the players who had the most power-play points. A player not expected to get any power-play points but nets 15 of them may be more of a surprise than a player expected to get 30 but winds up with 40.

10. Sam Reinhart

All this time, I thought Reinhart could never be a point-per-game player. After all, if he couldn’t do it alongside Jack Eichel in Buffalo, where could it happen? Well, it happened in Florida, but not alongside who you think. His most common five-on-five linemates are Mason Marchment, Anton Lundell, Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Bennett. Going into Sunday’s game, he only played 162 minutes alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and only 132 alongside Aleksander Barkov (and about 158 minutes with Eetu Luostarinen). Who knew he needed to be the main offensive player on an even-strength line instead of playing with elite linemates? However, it’s the opposite with the man advantage, as 26 of Reinhart’s 28 power-play points have come with Jonathan Huberdeau on the ice. Those 28 PPP are a huge improvement over last year’s 16 and only the second time he’s ever cracked 20 (he had 21 back in 2017-18).

9. J.T. Miller

Miller was one of the only Canucks to be consistently productive all year, but this should be nothing new for anyone following Miller the last few years. Miller has picked up a point in 53 games, tied for 10th best in the league, and 13 games better than the next best Canuck (Quinn Hughes). Last year, he had 31 games with a point (one behind Brock Boeser for the team lead), and the year before he had 46, four games higher than the next leading Canuck, Elias Pettersson. Miller’s 36 points are double the 18 he had a season ago. It’s not surprising that Miller is so good on the power play, but that he is third in the league with 36 man-advantage points. He has a chance of being one of only eight players in the last 10 years to net 40 power-play points in a season.

8. Tage Thompson

He doesn’t lead the Sabres in power-play points (that honor