Backchecking: Looking at Power Play Efficiency

Scott Cullen
1/19/2009 12:30:17 AM
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Who's got the power?

Now that we're at least halfway into the season, it's a good time to take a look at power play production, from an individual perspective.  That's the goal of this week's edition of Backchecking, which also includes Trade Rumours, Hot n' Not and the best in quotes, Chirping.

Sure, you can check out the leading power play scorers:
1. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington (8-16-24)
2. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh (6-18-24)
3. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim (3-21-24)
4. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary (9-13-22)
5. Todd White, C, Atlanta (9-13-22)
6. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington (8-14-22)
7. Vyacheslav Kozlov, LW, Atlanta (7-15-22)
8. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh (3-19-22)
9. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago (8-13-21)
10. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta (5-16-21

But some of those players get significantly more power play time than others, so I thought it would be worth investigating a player's efficiency on the power play.

To do so, goals have been weigted at 1.9 (26 of 30 teams have a power play assist to power play goal ratio between 1.8 and 2.0) to reward goal-scorers.  Thus, a player with one power play goal and one power play assist would have a productivity of 2.9.

The overall leaders in power play production:
1. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington (31.2)
2. Brad Boyes, RW, St. Louis (30.8)
3. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary (30.1)
4. Todd White, C, Atlanta (30.1)
5. Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim (29.7)
6. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington (29.2)
7. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh (29.4)
8. Vyacheslav Kozlov, LW, Atlanta (28.3)
9. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago (28.2)
10. Ryane Clowe, RW, San Jose (27.9)
11. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim (26.7)
12. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders (26.3)
13. Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo (25.8)
14. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta (25.5)
15. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit (25.2)
16. Mike Cammalleri, RW, Calgary (25.2)
17. Jeff Carter, C, Philadelphia (25.1)
18. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh (24.7)
19. Doug Weight, C, N.Y. Islanders (24.5)
20. Dan Boyle, D, San Jose (24.4)

Then, the player's power play production is then measured on a per-60-minute basis to show who is most productive based on their ice time with the man advantage.  The results are all based on players that have scored a minimum of five power play points this season.

The Most Efficient Power Play Performers on Each Team:
Anaheim: Teemu Selanne (13.97), Bobby Ryan (9.80)
Atlanta: Vyacheslav Kozlov (11.02), Todd White (10.70)
Boston: Phil Kessel, (9.84), David Krejci (9.09)
Buffalo: Thomas Vanek (8.69), Clarke MacArthur (8.68)
Calgary: David Moss (9.93), Mike Cammalleri (8.71)
Carolina: Eric Staal (5.53), Ray Whitney (5.33)
Chicago: Cam Barker (10.48), Patrick Kane (10.47)
Colorado: Paul Stastny (8.37), Marek Svatos (6.48)
Columbus: Derick Brassard (5.56), Rick Nash (4.13)
Dallas: Brad Richards (5.43), Mike Ribeiro (5.23)
Detroit: Pavel Datsyuk (10.42), Henrik Zetterberg (9.97)
Edmonton: Ales Hemsky (8.08), Robert Nilsson (7.56)
Florida: David Booth (6.19), Bryan McCabe (5.58)
Los Angeles: Oscar Moller (8.58), Kyle Quincey (8.15)
Minnesota: Owen Nolan (9.59), Marek Zidlicky (8.28)
Montreal: Sergei Kostitsyn (8.51), Robert Lang (7.71)
Nashville: J.P. Dumont (4.66), Ville Koistinen (4.56)
New Jersey: Patrik Elias (8.53), Brian Rolston (7.37)
N.Y. Islanders: Richard Park (9.73), Doug Weight (7.89)
N.Y. Rangers: Markus Naslund (4.64), Nikolai Zherdev (4.62)
Ottawa: Dany Heatley (7.02), Daniel Alfredsson (6.01)
Philadelphia: Jeff Carter (13.25), Joffrey Lupul (9.88)
Phoenix: Olli Jokinen (6.59), Shane Doan (6.16)
Pittsburgh: Petr Sykora (8.76), Evgeni Malkin (6.98)
San Jose: Ryane Clowe (12.32), Devin Setoguchi (10.04)
St. Louis: Paul Kariya (11.59), Andy McDonald (10.67)
Tampa Bay: Ryan Malone (6.24), Jussi Jokinen (5.51)
Toronto: Dominic Moore (10.30), Niklas Hagman (7.08)
Vancouver: Kyle Wellwood (6.94), Mason Raymond (6.38)
Washington: Nicklas Backstrom (10.28), Tomas Fleischmann (8.52)

The Least Efficient Power Play Performers On Each Team (minimum five power play points):
Anaheim: Chris Pronger (4.71)
Atlanta: Ron Hainsey (4.67)
Boston: Michael Ryder (4.11)
Buffalo: Maxim Afinogenov (3.53)
Calgary: Adrian Aucoin (2.64)
Carolina: Tuomo Ruutu (3.31)
Chicago: Jonathan Toews (4.28)
Colorado: John-Michael Liles (4.00)
Columbus: Kris Russell (3.07)
Dallas: Stephane Robidas (2.65)
Detroit: Niklas Kronwall (5.97)
Edmonton: Erik Cole (3.97)
Florida: Jay Bouwmeester (4.18)
Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (2.14)
Minnesota: Kim Johnsson (3.78)
Montreal: Tomas Plekanec (3.22)
Nashville: Ryan Suter (3.48)
New Jersey: Jamie Langenbrunner (2.58)
N.Y. Islanders: Trent Hunter (3.75)
N.Y. Rangers: Wade Redden (2.15)
Ottawa: Filip Kuba (4.69)
Philadelphia: Braydon Coburn (5.16)
Phoenix: Ed Jovanovski (3.55)
Pittsburgh: Jordan Staal (3.12)
San Jose: Patrick Marleau (5.03)
St. Louis: David Perron (3.77)
Tampa Bay: Vaclav Prospal (3.18)
Toronto: Lee Stempniak (3.35)
Vancouver: Steve Bernier (3.65)
Washington: Michael Nylander (4.25)

The Most Efficient Power Play Forwards in the League:
1. Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim (13.97)
2. Jeff Carter, C, Philadelphia (13.25)
3. Ryane Clowe, RW, San Jose (12.32)
4. Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis (11.59)
5. Vyacheslav Kozlov, LW, Atlanta (11.03)
6. Todd White, C, Atlanta (10.70)
7. Andy McDonald, C, St. Louis (10.67)
8. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago (10.47)
9. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit (10.42)
10. Brad Winchester, LW, St. Louis (10.37)
11. Dominic Moore, C, Toronto (10.30)
12. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington (10.28)
13. Devin Setoguchi, RW, San Jose (10.04)
14. Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit (9.97)
15. David Moss, RW, Calgary (9.93)
16. Joffrey Lupul, RW, Philadelphia (9.88)
17. Phil Kessel, RW, Boston (9.84)
18. Bobby Ryan, RW, Anaheim (9.80)
19. Richard Park, RW, N.Y. Islanders (9.73)
20. Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota (9.59)
21. Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia (9.54)
22. Mike Knuble, RW, Philadelphia (9.53)
23. Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Detroit (9.51)
24. Jiri Hudler, RW, Detroit (9.32)
25. Brad Boyes, C, St. Louis (9.23)
26. Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit (9.17)
27. David Krejci, C, Boston (9.09)
28. Kris Versteeg, RW, Chicago (9.08)
29. Dennis Wideman, D, Boston (8.93)
30. Bryan Little, C, Atlanta (8.85)
31. Petr Sykora, RW, Pittsburgh (8.76)
32. Michael Cammalleri, LW, Calgary (8.71)
33. Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo (8.69)
34. Clarke MacArthur, C, Buffalo (8.68)
35. Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit (8.68)
36. Oscar Moller, RW, Los Angeles (8.58)
37. Patrik Elias, LW, New Jersey (8.53)
38. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim (8.52)
39. Tomas Fleischmann, LW, Washington (8.52)
40. Sergei Kostitsyn, RW, Montreal (8.51)

The Most Efficient Power Play Defencemen in the League:
1. Cam Barker, D, Chicago (10.48)
2. Dennis Wideman, D, Boston (8.93)
3. Marek Zidlicky, D, Minnesota (8.28)
4. Kyle Quincey, D, Los Angeles (8.15)
5. Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit (7.87)
6. Rob Blake, D, San Jose (7.77)
7. Mike Green, D, Washington (7.44)
8. Dan Boyle, D, San Jose (7.27)
9. Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia (7.14)
10. Johnny Oduya, D, New Jersey (7.06)
11. Marc-Andre Bergeron, D, Minnesota (6.81)
12. Zdeno Chara, D, Boston (6.67)
13. Scott Niedermayer, D, Anaheim (6.57)
14. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders (6.56)
15. Brian Rafalski, D, Detroit (6.38)
16. Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit (5.97)
17. Sheldon Souray, D, Edmonton (5.94)
18. Brian Campbell, D, Chiao (5.78)
19. Pavel Kubina, D, Toronto (5.72)
20. Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver (5.71)
21. Alexandre Picard, D, Ottawa (5.68)
22. Tomas Kaberle, D, Toronto (5.59)
23. Bryan McCabe, D, Florida (5.58)
24. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, San Jose (5.48)
25. Steve Eminger, D, Tampa Bay (5.48)

The Least Efficient Power Play Forwards in the League:
25. Michael Nylander, C, Washington (4.25)
24. Michael Frolik, C, Florida (4.22)
23. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston (4.11)
22. Pavol Demitra, LW, Vancouver (4.06)
21. Fredrik Modin, LW, Columbus (3.99)
20. Erik Cole, LW, Edmonton (3.97)
19. Mike Modano, C, Dallas (3.95)
18. Chris Drury, C, N.Y. Rangers (3.91)
17. Brandon Dubinsky, C, N.Y. Rangers (3.86)
16. R.J. Umberger, C, Columbus (3.86)
15. David Perron, LW, St. Louis (3.77)
14. Trent Hunter, RW, N.Y. Islanders (3.75)
13. Steve Bernier, RW, Vancouver (3.65)
12. Patrick O'Sullivan, LW, Los Angeles (3.59)
11. Maxim Afinogenov, RW, Buffalo (3.53)
10. Lee Stempniak, RW, Toronto (3.35)
9. Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles (3.33)
8. Tuomo Ruutu, LW, Carolina (3.31)
7. Michal Handzus, C, Los Angeles (3.29)
6. Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal (3.22)
5. Vaclav Prospal, LW, Tampa Bay (3.18)
4. Jordan Staal, C, Pittsburgh (3.12)
3. Kristian Huselius, LW, Columbus (3.12)
2. Scott Gomez, C, N.Y. Rangers (3.07)
1. Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey (2.58)

Guys who get big power play minutes yet aren't particularly efficient:
Shea Weber, D, Nashville (4.03)
Dion Phaneuf, D, Calgary (4.13)
Jay Bouwmeester, D, Florida (4.18)
Alex Kovalev, RW, Montreal (4.30)
Vincent Lecavalier, C, Tampa Bay (4.58)
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver (4.72)
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver (5.51)
Eric Staal, C, Carolian (5.53)
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh (6.25)
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta (6.27)

- Perhaps you've heard this one already, but there has been plenty of talk about Vincent Lecavalier potentially going to Montreal.  According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Habs offer included Christopher Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges and multiple first-round picks.

- Looking for help in the absence of Marco Sturm, and possibly Patrice Bergeron, the Boston Globe suggests the Bruins may have interest in veteran forwards Keith Tkachuk, Erik Cole, Steve Reinprecht and Nik Antropov.  The Globe also suggests that the Bruins could flip G Manny Fernandez for a top-four defenceman before the deadline.

- The Belleville News-Democrat suggests that Tkachuk, who has a no-trade clause, may be willing to waive it for a move to a contender.

- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald-Times wonders if the Blackhawks might have a shot at Tkachuk or Islanders RW Bill Guerin.

- According to the Ottawa Citizen, there are more rumours surrounding Senators C Jason Spezza going to Ottawa for C Shawn Horcoff and "perhaps a skilled defenceman."  Tom Gilbert or Denis Grebeshkov would come to mind.

- The Newark Star-Ledger notes that Devils C John Madden has been mentioned in possible trades.

- The Globe and Mail sees Maple Leafs LW Alexei Ponikarovsky as trade bait, having some additional value because he's under contract for next season as well.

- Meanwhile, the Toronto Star issued veiled suggestions that the Chicago Blackhawks may have been looking at Antropov.

- The Columbus Dispatch notes that talks between the Senators and Blue Jackets didn't take off because the Jackets weren't willing to surrender D Kris Russell in a deal for C Antoine Vermette.  The paper also notes that the Blue Jackets have been looking for another goaltender to fill out the organization, since Pascal Leclaire has been injured and Fredrik Norrena has been sent packing.

Erik Cole, LW, Edmonton (4-1-5, even in last 5 GP)
T.J. Oshie, C, St. Louis (3-3-6, plus-4 in last 6 GP)
Jakub Voracek, RW, Columbus (2-4-6, plus-5 in last 6 GP)
Marek Zidlicky, D, Minnesota (2-3-5, plus-4 in last 5 GP)
Steve Montador, D, Anaheim (2-2-4, plus-2 in last 4 GP)
Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville (3-3, 1.62 GAA, .937 SVPCT in last 6 GP)

Patrick O'Sullivan, LW, Los Angeles (0-0-0, minus-5 in last 8 GP)
Tim Connolly, C, Buffalo (0-0-0, minus-4 in last 4 GP)
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago (0-1-1, minus-5 in last 7 GP)
Mathieu Schneider, D, Atlanta (0-0-0, minus-10 in last 10 GP)
Mattias Ohlund, D, Vancouver (0-1-1, minus-7 in last 7 GP)
Cam Ward, G, Carolina (0-4, 4.78 GAA, .848 SVPCT in last 4 GP)

"Our give-a-crap level was like at zero. I've got to question whether anybody cares in that locker room. That's a joke." - Thrashers coach John Anderson, after losing 4-1 at home to Tampa Bay.

"There's a price for everything. If a player we thought could help this team became available, we'd have to look at the price and then make a decision." - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey

"Have I been traded?" - Thrashers LW Ilya Kovalchuk, when he was brought to the front of a team fundraiser to be given the Thrashers' captaincy.

"Where there's smoke, there's fire.  Isn't that the saying?" - Sharks D Dan Boyle, on the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumours.

"It must be nice to pick up the puck and skate through everyone who comes near you." - Blue Jackets D Mike Commodore, on teammate Kris Russell.

"He's not being traded today, he's not being traded tomorrow or any time soon." - Lightning GM Brian Lawton addresses the Lecavalier trade rumours.

"It's usually not the media that solve our (roster) problems for us." - Gainey

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