Top 10 PP TOI Surprises: It's shocking how much or how little PP time these players received in 2015-16...
Power play points can make or break plenty of fantasy squads.
Many leagues incorporate power play points as a category — a few leagues go the extra step in breaking it down even further into power play goals and power play assists. Even if you're in a points-only league, the guys that can get the easier points on the power play automatically have more value than those that get little time with the man advantage. Of course there are always surprises. Below you'll find 10 of them — both good and bad — from this past season. There's no guarantee they will repeat their numbers, but it is something to take note of when prepping your leagues for next year.
It may be no surprise that OEL gets a ton of power play time. But the amount he got is a little insane. The Coyotes dman averaged 5:10 power play time per game during the regular season. He was the only player to get to five minutes. Erik Karlsson had the second-highest amount, but was 31 seconds behind. Why was that so surprising? No defenseman has been above five minutes per game since 2009-10, when Mark Streit (with the Islanders), Sergei Gonchar (with the Penguins) and Mike Green (with the Capitals) all cracked the five-minute mark.
9. Eric Staal
If you want further proof on how far Staal's stock has fallen, jus check how much man advantage time her received once he was traded to the Rangers. Just 1:15 per game. To put that in perspective, J.T. Miller and Dan Boyle both averaged higher. Staal is a UFA this offseason, and if he can't get power play ice time with the Rangers, where can he get it?
8. Jacob Trouba
I know defensemen take longer to develop, but man, are they ever taking their time with Trouba in Winnipeg. Trouba averaged 1:17 power play time with the Jets this past season, 12th highest on the squad and down from 1:56 the year before and the lowest he's had in three NHL seasons. You know a dman isn't trusted when his ice time is cut by a third and Toby Enstrom — the guy with one power play point this year — is ahead of you in ice time.
Think of how long it's been since Richards has been fantasy relevant. That's why it's so surprising that he averaged 2:38 PP TOI per game with the Red Wings this past season. That's seventh highest on the club, and more than Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin. Out of his 28 overall points, half came on the power play. So he does have a little bit of value in leagues that reward power play points. Not a lot of value, but it's better than being worthless.
Eaves was one of my breakout candidates last season and I drafted him in several of my pools. That was a mistake. Eaves had just 17 points in 54 games, much worse than his 27 points in 47 games the previous season. Despite his struggles, Eaves still averaged 2:01 on the power play, seventh best on Dallas and ahead of guys like Cody Eakin and Valeri Nichushkin.
DSP is going to be one of those interesting cases next season. He averaged just seven seconds of power play time in 46 games with Montreal before being traded to New Jersey. With the Devils, that power play TOI jumped to 2:31 where he had just one power play point despite netting eight goals and 13 points in 18 games. Will he continue to get the PP minutes with the Devils if he doesn't produce with the man advantage?
4. The Devils' defensemen
While most teams rely on a power-play quarterback to manage the man advantage, the Devils throw that philosophy right out the window. Not one dman who played more than 15 games for the Devils averaged more than two minutes PP TOI per game. David Schlemko had two minutes even and another three dmen were above a minute. Schlemko has 12 power play points and no other Devils dman had more than six.
Marchand's PP ice time was actually up in 2015-16. To a whopping 1:28 per game. Marchand is the only player in the top 50 point-getters to not get 10 power play points. It's amazing that he set career highs in goals (37) and points (61) without being used with the man advantage. Marchand has a shot at 70 points if he can ever get that top-line PP opportunity.
2. Jordan Staal
Remember that excellent streak where Staal had 22 points in 21 games? But in that time, he had just five power play points. He had just 10 on the season. Why so low? Because he averaged just 1:47 PP TOI per game. That was 10th best on the Canes. Staal just had one of his best offensive seasons ever, finished third on the Hurricanes in goals and second in points. And he still can't be trusted to run a power play.
1. Zdeno Chara
Even with the loss of Dougie Hamilton, Chara's power play time on ice continued to dwindle. Look at his last six seasons:
2010-11: 3:08 power play time per game
That's a pretty steep decline. Chara is still getting 24-plus minutes a game. But it will be tough
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