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2011 Playoff Payoff

by Scott Cullen, TSN.ca

Playoff hockey begins next Wednesday -- it's about time! -- which means digging into the numbers and making plans to win your playoff pool.

Unless your pool has quirky rules or is of unusual size, there is no need to try and re-invent the wheel when developing a drafting strategy -- just try to pick players from the four teams you think will reach the Conference Finals; that will give them enough games to make a significant statistical contribution.

Sedins, Kesler, Samuelsson, Ehrhoff, Photo: Canadian Press

As always, the focus will be on teams that finish at the top of the standings but, as last year showed, there will be value beyond the number one and two seeds.

If that means investing in a couple of top seeds then digging in for players on six, seven or eight seeds, there's nothing wrong with that approach, as long as the players don't face each other in Round One and, just as importantly, you select good players.

At some point in the process, you'll likely need to decide if you would rather have the best player on a low seed or a third-line player on a top seed and the answer will probably come by looking at the players you've already selected.

If you can take the best player off a lower seed, and it won't contradict any of your early picks, then it's probably a good move. If you're already loaded with Canucks, for example, adding a depth player in the later rounds is okay as long as you have decent diversity in your previous picks.

Perhaps he most important piece of advice, every year, but especially this year, be aware of injuries.

Teams are notorious for being vague or even downright dishonest regarding injuries at this point in the season, but you may want to avoid, or at least decrease the value of, guys who are already going into the postseason with injuries.

Right now, the following players have some measure of injury risk (or out altogether after recent injuries): Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Green, Dennis Wideman, Martin Hanzal, David BollandRyan Callahan, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.

Additionally, monitor the goaltending situations in Buffalo, as Ryan Miller has been hurt, and Anaheim, where Jonas Hiller and Ray Emery have played well, but also present health risks.

Don't be afraid to double-up on line combinations, so that you can score multiple points on single goals. If you like Flyers star Daniel Briere, who led the 2010 playoffs with 30 points, perhaps you can snag linemate Ville Leino a few rounds later to maximize the impact on Philadelphia's goals.

Lucic and Horton, photo: The Canadian Press

Also, don't be afraid to make a sleeper pick late in the draft. It's hard to predict from where the next Max Talbot or Ruslan Fedotenko will emerge (note that Leino wasn't even in the Flyers' lineup to start last year's playoffs and ended up with 21 points in 19 games, so value can most certainly come from unexpected sources), but I'll take a shot with some deep sleeper picks on each team's list.

Given these basic plans, the following team lists will provide information to help organize your drafting priorities. Each player listed has their points per game listed and that's a general value to start with.

Then, look at what the player has done since the beginning of January, basically the second half of the season (under the '2011' heading). If the point totals are higher, maybe it's a young player who is just starting to peak, or a veteran whose playing situation changed due to trade. In either case, it's usually preferable to get a player who is more productive now, as opposed to one that fattened up his scoring totals in October and November.

The third rate included for each player is their NHL career playoff scoring average. In the vast majority of situations, that number will be lower than the others because the playoffs are tighter checking games that involve the best teams.

By no means should previous playoff production eliminate a player from consideration -- because sometimes a player is labeled as unproven in the postseason, until suddenly he is -- but if a player has made a career of under-performing in the playoffs, maybe you'd like to let someone else take that risk or wait an extra round or two before pulling the trigger.

Power plays rule the postseason so make sure your roster is chock full of players who get time with the man advantage. Power play defencemen, in particular, have more value in the postseason so don't let these players slip by you in the middle-to-later rounds of the draft. Power play point totals are included as a general guide for which players are most likely to get those man advantage opportunities.

Teams are listed in my personal order of priority, though that seems to change with every game and every injury report, so consider it as a rough guide if need be.

Finally, next week, check out the Fantasy Hockey Report playoff editions, and my blog which will have my playoff picks for more information.

Here is TSN.ca's 2011 NHL Playoff Payoff:
(Stats through games of 4/7/11)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Daniel Sedin 1.26 1.22 0.65 41 Hart candidate is league's only 100-pointer.
Henrik Sedin 1.15 0.98 0.68 34 Not MVP, but still second-best year of his career.
Ryan Kesler 0.89 0.84 0.61 29 Career-high 40 goals, but more points in '09-10.
Christian Ehrhoff 0.63 0.64 0.44 28 The one Canucks defenceman who stayed healthy.
Mikael Samuelsson 0.68 0.67 0.62 19 Streaky, but proven postseason scorer.
Alexander Edler 0.64 0.64 0.56 17 Nearing return from back injury.
Alex Burrows 0.66 0.67 0.33 1 Lack of power play role hurts playoff production.
Chris Higgins 0.46 0.52 0.50 1 Could play more offensive role for Canucks.
Mason Raymond 0.57 0.47 0.32 6 A step back after breakthrough season in '09-10.
Kevin Bieksa 0.34 0.37 0.42 3 13 pts. in 22 playoff games over last two years.
Projected Lines:
D. Sedin-H. Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Kesler-Samuelsson
Raymond-Hansen-Torres
Tambellini-Lapierre-Glass
Deep Sleeper: Jannik Hansen

BOSTON BRUINS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Milan Lucic 0.79 0.83 0.67 13 Super season; can be a dominant physical force.
Patrice Bergeron 0.72 0.79 0.65 11 Reliable two-way performer, slumped late in the year.
Nathan Horton 0.67 0.67 N/A 7 First playoff for streaky power forward.
David Krejci 0.85 0.84 0.78 12 Heady playmaker managed just 13 goals.
Mark Recchi 0.60 0.61 0.81 17 Still a contributor at 43-years-old.
Brad Marchand 0.55 0.67 N/A 3 Earned his ice time, scoring 21 goals.
Tomas Kaberle 0.59 0.57 0.36 25 First playoffs since 2003-2004 for puck-moving veteran.
Zdeno Chara 0.54 0.66 0.36 14 Tends to struggle in postseason due to heavy workload.
Michael Ryder 0.52 0.41 0.58 14 Inconsistent; faded in second half.
Projected Lines
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi
Peverley-Kelly-Ryder
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
Deep Sleeper: Johnny Boychuk

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Player PPG 2010 Playoffs PPP Notes
Corey Perry 1.21 1.38 0.73 30 Simply dominating down the stretch.
Ryan Getzlaf 1.15 1.52 0.84 26 A rare blend of size, skill and toughness.
Bobby Ryan 0.89 1.10 0.47 10 Power forward a great fit with Getzlaf and Perry.
Teemu Selanne 1.10 1.13 0.69 34 No evidence of slowing down, even at 40.
Lubomir Visnovsky 0.85 0.95 0.08 30 Superb puck-moving defenceman.
Saku Koivu 0.58 0.64 0.89 13 At his best in the postseason.
Cam Fowler 0.54 0.56 N/A 23 Outstanding offensive season for rookie blueliner.
Jason Blake 0.41 0.47 0.29 7 Offensive production has dwindled.
Projected Lines:
Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry
Blake-Koivu-Selanne
Beleskey-McMillan-Ruutu
Winchester-Marchant-Parros
Deep Sleeper: Matt Beleskey

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Patrick Marleau 0.89 1.00 0.71 25 Slow start, strong finish to the season.
Joe Thornton 0.87 0.79 0.71 32 First time since lockout he's under a point per game.
Dany Heatley 0.79 0.68 1.00 29 Production down, but still a factor on the power play.
Joe Pavelski 0.90 1.06 0.70 27 No longer a supporting player; ready for primetime.
Dan Boyle 0.68 0.61 0.61 27 Always a factor, especially on PP.
Ryane Clowe 0.83 0.76 0.59 13 Power forward battling late-season injury.
Logan Couture 0.70 0.69 0.27 13 Calder candidate adds depth to Sharks' attack.
Devin Setoguchi 0.58 0.71 0.47 10 Fitting in well alongside Thornton.
Ian White 0.32 0.36 N/A 6 Time for his first taste of NHL playoff hockey.
Kyle Wellwood 0.33 0.33 0.59 0 13 points in 22 playoff games over last two years.
Projected Lines
Marleau-Thornton-Setouchi
Clowe-Couture-Heatley
Wellwood-Mitchell-Pavelski
Eager-Nichol-Mayers
Deep Sleeper: Torrey Mitchell

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Alexander Ovechkin 1.09 1.10 1.43 24 Scoring down this year for superstar LW.
Nicklas Backstrom 0.86 0.78 1.07 22 Scoring ascent slowed by down season.
Alexander Semin 0.84 0.68 0.86 18 Looking to rebound from horrible '10 playoffs.
Mike Green 0.49 0.41 0.68 10 Production down even before injuries this year.
Brooks Laich 0.59 0.56 0.57 13 Goal-scoring down for two-way winger.
Mike Knuble 0.51 0.57 0.52 12 Still tough to clear from front of the net.
Jason Arnott 0.42 0.39 0.62 8 Production dwindling, but can still shoot the puck.
John Carlson 0.46 0.48 0.57 6 Rookie handles big role on Caps blueline.
Marco Sturm 0.46 0.45 0.37 3 Grinder effective since coming in trade.
Marcus Johansson 0.40 0.50 N/A 3 Rookie produced when given the chance.
Projected Lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Arnott-Semin
Sturm-Johansson-Fehr
Chimera-Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley
Deep Sleeper: Marcus Johansson

DETROIT RED WINGS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Pavel Datsyuk 1.07 0.90 0.69 18 Remains great despite injury-plagued season.
Johan Franzen 0.73 0.65 0.92 17 59 points in 51 playoff games over last three years.
Nicklas Lidstrom 0.78 0.62 0.71 39 Soon-to-be 41, still as productive as ever on PP.
Henrik Zetterberg 1.00 0.88 0.94 30 Uncertain about how ankle injury will affect him.
Brian Rafalski 0.77 0.65 0.63 17 Highest points-per-game mark of his career.
Tomas Holmstrom 0.49 0.48 0.54 20 Crease-crasher still effective with man advantage.
Valtteri Filppula 0.55 0.52 0.55 8 Steps up when injuries hit top lines.
Todd Bertuzzi 0.54 0.46 0.56 7 Not what he once was; fills complementary role.
Daniel Cleary 0.67 0.58 0.40 8 Career-best offensive production this year.
Niklas Kronwall 0.48 0.44 0.51 13 Outstanding third option on Detroit blueline.
Jiri Hudler 0.51 0.68 0.55 12 Slow start, but coming on in second half.
Projected Lines
Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Abdelkader-Franzen-Bertuzzi
Cleary-Filppula-Hudler
Miller-Helm-Eaves
Deep Sleeper: Justin Abdelkader

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Sergei Kostitsyn 0.65 0.79 0.44 13 Emerged as a reliable offensive contributor.
Martin Erat 0.78 0.89 0.50 15 Talented playmaking winger counted on to lead offence.
Shea Weber 0.59 0.70 0.57 17 One of the game's best with killer shot from the point.
Patric Hornqvist 0.58 0.67 0.50 14 Goal-scoring down, but still productive enough.
David Legwand 0.66 0.72 0.52 4 Impressive offensive surge in the second half.
Ryan Suter 0.57 0.60 0.18 17 Quietly productive; team-best plus-20.
Mike Fisher 0.44 0.44 0.37 14 Finally starting to produce late in the year.
Joel Ward 0.37 0.46 0.67 5 Contributing more offensively in second half.
Colin Wilson 0.43 0.42 0.17 6 Can score, but doesn't get a lot of ice time.
Projected Lines:
Kostitsyn-Fisher-Hornqvist
Erat-Legwand-Ward
Halischuk-Smithson-Tootoo
Wilson-Geoffrion-Spaling
Deep Sleeper: Steve Sullivan

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Jonathan Toews 0.97 1.08 1.08 25 Best season for one game's premier two-way players.
Patrick Kane 0.99 1.02 1.11 24 42 points in 38 career playoff games.
Marian Hossa 0.86 0.87 0.76 18 56 points over last three playoff seasons.
Patrick Sharp 0.96 0.91 0.67 26 Top goal scorer had point-per-game in '10 playoffs.
Duncan Keith 0.55 0.49 0.59 22 Not his best year, but still producing on PP.
Brent Seabrook 0.56 0.56 0.59 19 Career-high in points for proven playoff scorer.
David Bolland 0.61 0.79 0.72 6 Gritty two-way centre coming back from concussion.
Bryan Bickell 0.49 0.40 0.25 3 Rookie can have value with right linemates.
Tomas Kopecky 0.53 0.59 0.24 13 Breakthrough season; has size and skill.
Michael Frolik 0.46 0.30 N/A 6 Ridiculous for player of his talent to have only 10 goals.
Brian Campbell 0.41 0.43 0.42 6 Role has changed from freewheeling offensive days.
Troy Brouwer 0.46 0.35 0.28 13 Production tailed off late in the season.
Projected Lines:
Hossa-Toews-Sharp
Brouwer-Frolik-Kane
Stalberg-Bolland-Kopecky
Bickell-Dowell-Pisani
Deep Sleeper: Chris Campoli

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Claude Giroux 0.94 0.95 0.90 19 Rising star already proven scorer in playoffs.
Danny Briere 0.84 0.85 1.01 14 Led all scorers with 30 points in '10 playoffs.
Jeff Carter 0.83 0.78 0.46 16 Three straight seasons with at least 30 goals.
Mike Richards 0.82 0.71 0.83 21 Relied on for more of a two-way role.
Chris Pronger 0.50 0.53 0.71 14 Broken hand makes him questionable.
Ville Leino 0.66 0.63 0.88 11 Better than a point-per-game in '10 postseason.
Scott Hartnell 0.56 0.52 0.52 10 Goes to the net; strong playoff performance last year.
Kimmo Timonen 0.45 0.48 0.41 16 Solid vet still contributes on power play.
James van Riemsdyk 0.53 0.56 0.29 4 Emerging young forward needs more ice time.
Matt Carle 0.48 0.50 0.40 2 Productive despite limited PP role.
Kris Versteeg 0.55 0.44 0.67 14 Minimal impact since arriving in Philly.
Nikolay Zherdev 0.41 0.37 0.00 3 Hardly plays, but still a skilled finisher.
Projected Lines:
Zherdev-Richards-Giroux
van Riesmsdyk-Carter-Versteeg
Leino-Briere-Hartnell
Carcillo-Powe-Nodl
Deep Sleeper: Andrej Meszaros

PHOENIX COYOTES

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Shane Doan 0.83 0.81 0.40 20 Veteran still seeking first trip to second round.
Ray Whitney 0.77 0.82 0.52 26 Always a difference-maker on the power play.
Keith Yandle 0.74 0.74 0.71 26 Elite blueliner is Coyotes' best player.
Radim Vrbata 0.60 0.65 0.25 16 Effective player could stand to finish more.
Eric Belanger 0.48 0.51 0.19 5 Not a lot of scoring options down the middle.
Martin Hanzal 0.44 0.48 0.43 7 Has missed the last month with a lower body injury.
Lee Stempniak 0.48 0.53 0.29 6 Who knows when next hot streak will hit?
Lauri Korpikoski 0.49 0.53 0.27 0 Strong winger has improved offensive contribution.
Taylor Pyatt 0.51 0.48 0.35 4 One behind Doan and Stempniak for goal-scoring lead.
Projected Lines:
Whitney-Belanger-Doan
Korpikoski-Hanzal-Vrbata
Pyatt-Fiddler-Stempniak
Boedker-Turris-Bissonnette
Deep Sleeper: Mikkel Boedker

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Sidney Crosby 1.61 0.50 1.32 19 Penguins' playoff hopes hinge on his health.
Kris Letang 0.61 0.41 0.42 23 20 points in 36 games over last two playoffs.
Jordan Staal 0.73 0.73 0.40 7 Injuries mean he's counted on for more offence.
Chris Kunitz 0.74 0.82 0.57 11 Impressive second half without Crosby.
James Neal 0.58 0.41 N/A 10 Struggling with Pens, but if 87 returns...
Tyler Kennedy 0.55 0.69 0.24 12 Handling more offensive responsibility.
Alex Kovalev 0.46 0.45 0.84 10 Low expectations, but has a strong playoff record.
Pascal Dupuis 0.44 0.44 0.38 0 Not a lot of value unless on Crosby's wing.
Paul Martin 0.32 0.24 0.38 10 Not very productive, but gets PP time.
Mark Letestu 0.40 0.35 0.25 6 Rookie's scoring has tailed off.
Projected Lines:
Neal-Crosby-Kovalev
Kunitz-Staal-Kennedy
Cooke-Letestu-Dupuis
Rupp-Talbot-Asham-Adams
Deep Sleeper: Zbynek Michalek

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Mike Cammalleri 0.71 0.68 0.88 21 Down season, but led playoffs with 13 goals last year.
Tomas Plekanec 0.74 0.66 0.60 18 Habs' leading scorer, but not as good as 2009-10.
P. K. Subban 0.50 0.64 0.57 18 Good in last year's playoffs, impressive rookie year.
James Wisniewski 0.69 0.68 0.25 16 Very productive since coming over from Islanders.
Brian Gionta 0.54 0.52 0.64 9 Fewest power play points since the lockout.
Scott Gomez 0.47 0.40 0.71 16 95 playoff points, but a brutal regular season.
Andrei Kostitsyn 0.56 0.52 0.49 11 Underachiever has talent to make a difference.
Roman Hamrlik 0.42 0.39 0.37 14 Consistent season from underrated veteran.
David Desharnais 0.52 0.52 N/A 8 Productive power play performer.
Projected Lines
Cammalleri-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Darche-Gomez-Gionta
Pouliot-Desharnais-Halpern
Pyatt-Eller-Moen
Deep Sleeper: Max Pacioretty

BUFFALO SABRES

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Thomas Vanek 0.89 1.07 0.52 28 Skilled scorer got better when Sabres needed him most.
Jason Pominville 0.69 0.79 0.60 13 Points are down for 5-time 20-goal scorer.
Drew Stafford 0.85 0.95 0.31 18 Breakout season with 30 goals despite missing 20 games.
Tim Connolly 0.62 0.66 0.70 19 Poor season, but productive late and good on PP.
Tyler Ennis 0.60 0.70 0.67 14 Skilled rookie got better as season progressed.
Tyler Myers 0.46 0.49 0.17 13 Started slowly, finishing strong in second season.
Andrej Sekera 0.38 0.45 0.00 6 15 points in 16 games in March.
Brad Boyes 0.64 0.75 0.75 12 A helpful deadline addition from St. Louis.
Jordan Leopold 0.49 0.41 0.28 11 Broken hand has kept him out since March 25.
Nathan Gerbe 0.47 0.58 1.00 12 Emerging as bona fide scorer.
Projected Lines:
Vanek-Connolly-Pominville
Ennis-Boyes-Stafford
Gerbe-Gaustad-Mancari
McCormick-Niedermayer-Kaleta
Deep Sleeper: Marc-Andre Gragnani

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Eric Staal 0.95 0.91 1.00 28 Top-flight centre has playoff track record.
Jeff Skinner 0.74 0.75 N/A 16 Spectacular season for 18-year-old rookie.
Tuomo Ruutu 0.68 0.68 0.25 15 Hard-nosed vet a complement to smooth Skinner.
Jussi Jokinen 0.74 0.73 0.56 17 Talented, versatile player can set up or finish.
Erik Cole 0.65 0.80 0.33 8 Bounceback season; minimal success in playoff history.
Joe Corvo 0.50 0.61 0.40 23 Productive year for power play quarterback.
Cory Stillman 0.59 0.69 0.62 11 Has been productive since trade from Florida.
Joni Pitkanen 0.49 0.43 0.33 11 Struggled after trade from Carolina.
Chad LaRose 0.36 0.36 0.31 3 Checker has 15 goals on the season.
Jamie McBain 0.38 0.50 N/A 7 Underused early; more productive in second half.
Projected Lines:
Stillman-Staal-Cole
Jokinen-Ruutu-Skinner
Bowman-Sutter-LaRose
Tlusty-Dwyer-Samson
Deep Sleeper: Brandon Sutter

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Martin St. Louis 1.19 1.07 1.07 40 Fifth straight season with at least 80 points.
Steven Stamkos 1.11 0.79 N/A 35 One goal in last 11 games.
Vincent Lecavalier 0.79 0.83 0.73 27 Coming on after a slow start to the season.
Simon Gagne 0.62 0.76 0.53 15 Point-per-game since March 1 after a terrible start.
Teddy Purcell 0.62 0.61 N/A 21 Given chance to score and proved that he could.
Ryan Malone 0.68 0.40 0.64 17 Power forward just getting back from injury.
Steve Downie 0.55 0.47 0.17 4 A disturber with offensive upside.
Dominic Moore 0.41 0.43 0.22 7 Checking centre scored career-high 17 goals.
Brett Clark 0.38 0.25 0.40 17 Career-high in power play points for shot blocker.
Marc-Andre Bergeron 0.33 0.33 0.28 3 Only one point in last 12 games.
Projected Lines:
Gagne-Stamkos-Downie
St. Louis-Lecavalier-Purcell
Malone-Moore-Thompson
Bergenheim-Tyrell-Hall
Deep Sleeper: Nate Thompson

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Dustin Brown 0.70 0.53 0.83 15 Carrying heavy load with Kopitar and Williams out.
Drew Doughty 0.53 0.44 1.17 14 Curious to see production drop in third season.
Jack Johnson 0.51 0.36 1.17 27 Production fading late in the season.
Ryan Smyth 0.56 0.51 0.62 13 Two goals in last 30 games.
Jarret Stoll 0.53 0.44 0.37 12 Two-way player who mans point on power play.
Michal Handzus 0.38 0.40 0.45 10 Will have to take on more offensive role.
Justin Williams 0.78 0.69 0.56 13 Could he return from dislocated shoulder?
Wayne Simmonds 0.38 0.37 0.50 1 Scoring down for gritty two-way winger.
Alexei Ponikarovsky 0.22 0.25 0.26 3 Only five goals; first time since lockout under 18.
Projected Lines:
Penner-Handzus-Brown
Smyth-Stoll-Moller
Clifford-Richardson-Simmonds
Ponikarovsky-Lewis-Westgarth
Deep Sleeper: Trevor Lewis

NEW YORK RANGERS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Marian Gaborik 0.77 0.70 0.76 16 Not nearly as dangerous as in previous seasons.
Vaclav Prospal 0.75 0.75 0.57 10 Quite productive after starting season in February.
Brandon Dubinsky 0.70 0.55 0.71 11 Blueshirts' leading scorer with career-high 53 points.
Artem Anisimov 0.53 0.51 0.00 8 Solid development in second NHL season.
Derek Stepan 0.54 0.49 N/A 10 Impressive rookie campaign for responsible pivot.
Wojtek Wolski 0.47 0.45 0.64 4 Enigmatic winger has the ability to score.
Bryan McCabe 0.42 0.29 0.51 13 Playing a lesser role with Rangers.
Brian Boyle 0.43 0.30 N/A 4 Breakthrough offensive season for 6-foot-7 centre.
Marc Staal 0.38 0.34 0.24 11 Plays big minutes; career-high 29 points.
Projected Lines:
Dubinsky-Anisimov-Gaborik
Prospal-Stepan-Wolski
Prust-Boyle-Fedotenko
Avery-Christensen-Drury
Deep Sleeper: Brian Boyle

DALLAS STARS

Player PPG 2011 Playoffs PPP Notes
Brad Richards 1.06 1.03 0.98 28 62 points in 63 career playoff games.
Mike Ribeiro 0.86 0.93 0.60 23 Very productive as a No. 2 centre.
Loui Eriksson 0.90 0.83 0.41 23 Elite winger needs to take next step in postseason.
Jamie Benn 0.81 1.00 N/A 11 Rising star now in leadership role in second season.
Brenden Morrow 0.68 0.76 0.54 12 Good finish; had 15 points in '08 playoffs.
Alex Goligoski 0.54 0.62 0.67 22 Adds a new dimension on Stars' blueline.
Steve Ott 0.39 0.34 0.15 10 Scrappy forward often complements scorers.
Jamie Langenbrunner 0.47 0.46 0.63 7 35-year-old's production declining.
Stephane Robidas 0.38 0.27 0.34 15 Offensive role has diminished since Goligoski arrived.
Projected Lines:
Eriksson-Richards-Benn
Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott
Wandell-Petersen-Langenbrunner
Segal-Burish-Williams
Deep Sleeper: Trevor Daley

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen.



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