Top 10 Recent PP Trends

Tom Collins


One of the biggest fallacies I see in fantasy hockey occurs when fantasy general managers are doing research, but only look at the full season-to-date statistics instead of focusing on recent events.

While looking at a full season of statistics can be partly helpful, we’re now at the point of the season where you should be looking at more recent trends. Recent trends will give you an idea of how a player’s usage may have been impacted.

For example, maybe a young player started the season averaging 14 minutes a night, but for the past five games, they’re up to 19 minutes a contest. Overall, their average ice time might be around 15 minutes, but you’re missing the bigger picture by looking at the whole season.

Below, we’re looking at 10 recent power-play trends that have occurred over the past month. Most of the listed players are getting reps on the top power-play unit, but there are a couple of names who have been demoted to the second unit (or in one case, promoted there).

10. Rasmus Sandin taking over Toronto’s power-play duties

With the news that Morgan Rielly is out for four-to-six weeks with a knee injury, Rasmus Sandin was immediately thrust into Rielly’s spot on the top power play. He’s been held pointless in the last three games since the Rielly injury, and the Leafs’ power play is one for 12 since Rielly was knocked out of action. If the power play can’t get going, you have to expect it’s only a matter of time before Mark Giordano is given a shot. It may be a smart move to grab Giordano and stash him if you have the roster space.

9. Dawson Mercer is on the top unit, but for how long?

When everyone is healthy, Nathan Bastian gets plenty of opportunity on the top power-play unit with the Devils, even though he has zero power-play points on the season and four in his 141-game career. When Bastian left Saturday’s game against Washington after playing just 1:25, it was Mercer who stepped into the top spot. Mercer played 4:05 with the man advantage during that Saturday game, picking up a power-play assist. This comes after six straight games without a single second of power-play time. As of the time of this writing, there’s no word on how long Bastian might be out for, but Mercer seems to be a capable replacement if it’s for any number of games.

8. Mike Matheson on the top unit, kind of

Since he got back into the lineup four games ago, Matheson has been manning Montreal’s top unit with the man advantag