Top 10 disappointing power-play guys…
Not only do NHL teams live and die by the power play, but many fantasy owners may find themselves further down the standings when their top power play weapons turn out to be duds.
With some leagues counting power play goals and points, the man advantage takes on some extra value for those pools. A good power play could be enough to add an extra 10-15 points to a player’s overall point totals. Conversely, a bad power play could be enough to keep guys from achieving even loftier higher.
While most would have expected Buffalo to have a bad power play, no one could have expected Montreal and Colorado to fall so far with the man advantage. It’s severely impacting some great fantasy options on those teams.
But even players on teams with good power plays are struggling. Just look at Rick Nash, who has seven power play points, despite being second in the league in goals, and the Rangers being a top 10 power play team.
It can be frustrating when these guys don’t give you the extra boost you need in a category you thought you had sewn up back in October.
Here are the top 10 most disappointing power play guys this season.
10. Ondrej Palat
While Palat isn’t a top-line power play guy, he still gets his fair share of ice time, averaging 2:15 minutes per game with the man advantage, fifth on Tampa Bay for forwards. Yet Palat has just one power play goal and two points (in his rookie season last year, he had 11 power play points). That seems way too low for a guy who has 30 points on the season. By sheer coincidence, Palat has one goal and two points shorthanded this season, so he’s just as valuable shorthanded as he is on the power play when it comes to fantasy hockey.
9. Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro is tops on the Predators in power play time on ice per game, average 3:18 on the man advantage, ahead of guys like Shea Weber, James Neal and Filip Forsberg. Ribeiro has zero goals and just six assists (and three of those assists came this past weekend, doubling his totals). That’s not that great for a guy who is offence-only and gets so much power play time. By comparison, Mike Fisher, who has only played in 14 games for Nashville, has just two less power play points than Ribeiro.
Iggy hasn’t really had the impact on the Avalanche that many expected he would. He hasn’t really clicked with anyone, and has nine goals and 24 points in 38 games. He’s really hurting Colorado on the power play as well. Iggy averages 2:31 on the power play, third for Avs forwards, but Iggy has just two goals and three points. With pretty much every one on Colorado struggling, there’s no reason to think their 25th-ranked power play will improve.
7. Zdeno Chara
There’s no doubt that Chara has been losing a step, but as Mr. Guru mentioned in the Boston Bruins thread on the forum, it seems as if he’s losing his step faster than we anticipated. Although he missed 19 games because of an injury, Chara just hasn’t been able to get anything done on the power play. He’s got just one goal, and no assists. Part of this could be due to the fact that Chara seems to routinely placed as a forward on the power play, where he is expected to screen the goalie, instead of using his slapshot from the point.
This one took me by complete surprise. I thought Wheeler was having his normal underappreciated season, with 11 goals and 29 points in 39 games. But on the power play, he sucks. He has no goals and just four assists, despite averaging the most power play ice time on Winnipeg than any other forward at 3:14 a game. Last year, Wheeler had 19 power play points, so there is hope he can turn it around.
One of these weeks, I’ll have to do a top 10 with all the disappointments in Edmonton this season. Their power play is joke (just 12.8 per cent, second-last in the league), and RNH is a big reason why. Despite averaging 2:52 minutes of ice time per game (second on the team, only trailing Justin Schultz), RNH has zero goals and just three assists. This is a big step down from last year, when Nugent-Hopkins had six goals and 20 points with the man advantage.
There’s no doubt that MaxPac is the Habs leader on offence among forwards. The Habs haven’t had a goal scorer like him in quite a while, but his power play numbers have been disappointing this season. Despite 2:28 of power play ice time, tops among Habs forwards, Pacioretty has just two goals and four points with the man advantage.
3. Mike Green
There is absolutely no reason why Mike Green’s power play numbers aren’t better. The team’s power play is clicking at 23.5 per cent (third best in the league). Green averages 2:59 power play ice time per game, fourth on the team but tops for defencemen. He plays regularly with Alexander Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom. And he only has one goal and five power play points on the season. Pathetic. How long before coach Barry Trotz tires of Green, a free agent this season, and instead opts for Carlson, who has one goal and seven power play points while averaging almost half the amount of power play ice time as Green?
2. P.K. Subban
Two years ago, during his Norris trophy season, Subban was crazy good on the power play, netting seven goals and 26 points in just 42 games. Last year, those numbers dropped to four goals and 23 points in 82 games, but they were still decent. This year has been brutal as he has just three power play goals and five power play points, despite most of the offence running through him. The fact that two Habs are in the top four on this last could go a long way to explaining the team’s 26th-ranked power play.
1. Matt Duchene
Duchene’s low power play totals are a complete shock just because of how good was last year and how good many expected Colorado to be. Sure, many saw regression, but not by this much and not this bad for Duchene. So far this season, he has just two power play points. Last year, he had 17. Duchene is also leading the Colorado forwards in power play time on ice, averaging 2:38 a game. As the most talented offensive player on Colorado, he’s not in any trouble of losing power play ice time, but he’s easily been the league’s most disappointing power play this season.
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