Ranking The Best Power Play Units In The NHL
It is very important for teams to have good power plays. It is the difference from winning a championship and missing the playoffs entirely. Power-play goals may not mean much in fantasy hockey from a power-play goal perspective, but from a player perspective it means a lot.
31. Colorado Avalanche: They were the worst power play in the league last season at 12.6%. Nathan McKinnon and Matt Duchene are productive on the power play, but they don’t really have much else after that.
30. Vancouver Canucks: They were the second worst on the power play last season at 14.1%. Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek will improve the power play in a big way. Vancouver needs to find an identity.
29. Detroit Red Wings: They were ranked 27th in the NHL at 15.1% last season. Henrik Zetterberg is the main show on the power play and they need others to step up. Players like Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin, and Riley Sheahan fit that responsibility.
28. Florida Panthers: They were ranked 24th in the NHL last at 17%. Florida might be worse this season with the loses off Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault on the power play. Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad will be the main catalysts on the power play.
27. Vegas Golden Knights: This is Vegas’s first season in the NHL and I don’t think they will be that spectacular on the power play, but I could be wrong easily. Reilly Smith will be on the power play along with David Perron, Vadim Shipachyov, and Jonathan Marchessault. Shea Thedore could be an x-factor on the power play.
26. Ottawa Senators: They were ranked 23rd on the power play last season at 17%. The Senators struggled to score goals and they will continue to do so this season. Erik Karlsson will miss some of the season because of an injury. It will down grade the power play immediately. Dion Phaneuf isn’t a great set up man for Mike Hoffman or Bobby Ryan.
25. San Jose Sharks: They were ranked 25th last season on the power play at 16.7%. It isn’t as dangerous as it once was. Losing Patrick Marleau will hurt this team. Joe Pavelski, Brett Burns, and Logan Couture will be the main catalysts on this power play, but they are getting older and slower.
24. Arizona Coyotes: With a new head coach, the Coyotes hope to score more goals this season especially on the power play. They were ranked 26th last season at 16.2%. Players like Clayton Keller and Dylan Strome will boost it immediately. It could be a middle of the pact to a top-10 power play unit as the season moves on.
23. Montreal Canadiens: They were ranked 13th last season at 19.7%, but Montreal will take a step back this season. Jonathan Drouin will be a highlight reel waiting to happen, but the other players will suffer from it. Shea Weber has an amazing slap shot, but he misses most of the time.
22. Los Angeles Kings: They were ranked 15th last season at 19.1%, but the Kings also struggled on offense throughout the season. Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, and Drew Doughty will be the key players on the power play, but they don’t have a good second unit.
21. New Jersey Devils: They were ranked 22nd on the power play last season at 17.5%. New Jersey will get better as the season moves on. Rookie Nico Hischier will make this power play fun to watch along with Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall. Will Butcher could move up to the number one power play unit if he impresses the coaching staff.
20. New York Islanders: They were ranked 28th last season at 15%. The Islanders will be a lot better this season because of the addition of Jordan Eberle. John Tavares and Anders Lee will be tough to handle.
19. Carolina Hurricanes: Carolina was ranked 21st last season at 17.8%. Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, and Teuvo Teravainen will be fun to watch on the Hurricanes power play. Victor Rask and Justin Williams are key names on the second power play unit. They can score and the key will be how the defenseman handle the puck.
18. Anaheim Ducks: Other than Corey Perry and Ryan Getlzaf, what else is there? Maybe Patrick Eaves or Jakob Silfverberg, but they are nothing special. Anaheim was ranked 17th on the power play last season at 18.7%.
17. Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn is a naturally born goal scorer and so is Tyler Seguin. They will be solid on the power play this season because Ken Hitchcock’s teams usually has good power plays. Dallas was ranked 20th last season on the power play at 17.9%.
16. Philadelphia Flyers: Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, and Shayne Gostisbehere won’t be an issue on the power play this season. Claude Giroux could hold this power play back very easily. He will be the reason it’s either a great, good, or just average power play. Nolan Patrick is a player to keep an eye throughout the season. The Flyers were ranked 14th on the power play last season at 19.5%.
15. New York Rangers: The Rangers were ranked 11th on the power play last season at 20.2%. It could regress as the season goes on. I’m sold on Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, but I’m not sold on Rick Nash, Kevin Shattenkirk, or Mika Zibanejad. Brady Skjei could move up to the first power play.
14. Minnesota Wild: The Wild caught lightning in a bottle on the power play last season, but I don’t expect the same success. They were ranked 9th on the power play last season at 21%. Zach Parise will miss the first couple of games of the season and it will hurt the power play. He makes a difference. Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu will be the main goal scorers on the power play for now.
13. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets will cause some fits this season. They are a team on the rise and their power play will determine that. Winnipeg finished 18th on the power play last season at 18.2%. Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, and Dustin Byfuglein can score at any moment.
12. Nashville Predators: Nashville has a bunch of defenseman that make the power play successful. P.K. Subban and Roman Josi are two key defenseman that make it work. Missing Ryan Ellis will be a big deal for part of the season. Players like Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen will pick up the slack. They were ranked 16th on the power play last season at 18.9%.
11. Columbus Blue Jackets: They were ranked 12th on the power play last season at 19.9%. Zach Werenski, Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg, and Nick Foligno will be a solid power play group. Seth Jones will be another weapon to keep an eye on.
10. Chicago Blackhawks: They were ranked 19th on the power play last season at 18%. It should be a lot better this season. Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp are back with the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat will bring more offensive fire power to the team. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith will have help this season.
9. Buffalo Sabres: I find it hard to believe that the Buffalo Sabres were ranked number one in the NHL last season on the power play at 24.5%. Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, and Rasmus Ristolainen are some of the key players on the first power play unit. ROR, Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart, and Benoit Pouliot will be some of the key players on the second power play unit.
8. Calgary Flames: They aren’t a very big team, but the Flames can score goals at will and are very fast. They were ranked 10th on the power play last season at 20.2%. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, and Matthew Tkachuk are some of the players to keep an eye on. They just signed Jaromir Jagr and he could play a role on the power play as well.
7. St. Louis Blues: They were ranked eighth on the power play last season at 21.3%. Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo single-handedly make this team a top-1o team on the power play. Jaden Schwartz also contributes from time-to-time, but it could take a step back this season.
6. Washington Capitals: They were ranked third on the power play last season at 23.1%. It will take a little step back, but it won’t be by a whole lot. Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom don’t mess around on the power play. Can the defenseman on the power play step up?
5. Boston Bruins: At even strength the Bruins usually have problems but when they are on the power play, they usually capitalize. They were ranked seventh in the NHL last season at 21.7%. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand are superstars in the NHL that don’t get enough credit. Charlie McAvoy will be the top power play defenseman over Zdeno Chara.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs: They were ranked second in the NHL last season at 23.8% on the power play. Mitchell Marner, William Nylander, and Auston Matthews led the way on the power play and they will continue to grow. Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri will be x-factors on the power play.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning: They were ranked sixth on the power play last season at 22.8%. This happened with Steven Stamkos missing a lot of games. If he stays healthy watch out. Nikita Kucherov is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. Victor Hedman and Brayden Point will also make this power play successful.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel are elite goal scorers. Justin Schultz makes a difference on the power play from a passing perspective. Pittsburgh was ranked fourth on the power play last season at 23.1%.
1.Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will be filthy on the power play all year long. Milan Lucic will be a beast in front of the net. Patrick Maroon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Kailer Yamamoto will be other weapons teams will have to face. Edmonton ranked fifth last season on the power play at 22.9%.