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Playoff hockey begins Wednesday and this year's Playoff Payoff has the numbers and information to help you win your playoff pool.

When it comes to standard NHL playoff pools, the basic strategy is simple: pick players from the four teams you think will reach the Conference Finals; that will give the players selected enough games to score points for your squad. It's very difficult, if not altogether impossible, to win without having a solid presence among the final four teams because no matter how many points get accumulated in early rounds, if your team runs out of active bodies before the Conference Finals, then you're going get caught.

In most years, the focus would be on top seeds and there is nothing wrong with loading up on players from No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, provided you can get quality players. At the same time, this year's postseason appears as wide open as any in recent memory, so there is nothing wrong with seeking better value from team that won't necessarily require paying a premium.

That doesn't mean ignoring top players on favoured teams, but it there ought to be ample opportunity to secure value from lower-seeded teams.

There will come a time, at some point in your draft, that you have to decide whether you would rather have the best player on a low seed or a lesser player on a top seed and the answer will probably come by looking at the players you've already selected.

BEST PLAYER vs. PLAYER ON BEST TEAM

If you can take the best player off a lower seed, and it won't contradict any of your early picks, then it's likely a good move. If you don't have representation on a highly-seeded team already, it's generally not worth it to start investing in lower-tier players.

So, Ryan Callahan and Valtteri Filppula may offer good value with Tampa Bay, but if they are the best available Lightning forwards by the time you pick, you're likely fighting an uphill battle to beat out teams that have Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat and so on.

However, it could also make sense to seek out top players on a lower seed that offer bigger marginal returns if they pull off at least one series upset. The Senators are red-hot, but a lower seed. What about Kyle Turris or Mark Stone after the top teams have been targeted?

What about Sidney Crosby? If the Penguins get into the playoffs, they're limping in. That makes it tough to place the value on the league's best player, unless you expect the Penguins to be a lively underdog in Round One.

INJURIES

Just as with the real teams involved, injuries are always a factor, so it's imperative to stay on top of the playing status of top players heading into the postseason, both for the potential line combinations and having some idea who might be filling in if a significant player remains sidelined.

NHL teams are notorious for being vague or even dishonest regarding injuries at the best of times, let alone 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 playoffs with injuries.

As the playoffs start, there are a number of high profile players that may not be ready or, if they are, may be playing through injury. Not including the players not expected to play at all (Mark Giordano, Kris Letang, Erik Cole eetc.), that list includes: Ryan Getzlaf, Dougie Hamilton, Patrick Kane, Brad Richards, Justin Abdelkader, Nino Niederreiter, Max Pacioretty, Mike Fisher, Frans Nielsen, Christian Ehrhoff and Mathieu Perreault.

PICKING PAIRS

Consider doubling-up on line combinations, when the value is right. If you set your sights on Rick Nash early, maybe Derick Brassard a round or two later will double your fun. Over the short season of an NHL playoff tournament, a hot line can go a long way and if you happen to pick the right one, that can tilt the results of your pool.

TAKE A CHANCE

Don't be afraid to make a sleeper pick late in the draft. The small sample size of playoffs lends itself to unexpected results, like Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson combining for 26 points last year, Bryan Bickell scoring 17 points in 2013, Bryce Salvador scoring 14 points in 24 games in 2012, Joel Ward scoring 13 points in 12 games in 2011, Ville Leino tallying 21 points in 19 games in 2010 or many others, from Ruslan Fedotenko to R.J. Umberger to Fernando Pisani, generally unheralded players who have had double-digit goal totals in a single playoff year. Late in your draft, roll the dice on a player that could be looking at a decent opportunity.

THE NUMBERS

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 in the later portion of this season with points per game after the All-Star break; those splits can reveal some changing roles. If the point totals are higher, maybe it's a young player who is taking on more responsibility, or a veteran whose playing situation changed due to trade. Consider players freed from Buffalo -- Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers and Chris Stewart -- as they enjoy their new opportunities.

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 players' career averages because the playoffs are tighter checking games that involve the best teams. Even some great players have lower career scoring averages in the playoffs because they didn't contribute much early in their career and they've since emerged as elite postseason perfomers.

Pavel Datsyuk, Marian Hossa and the Sedins are among the high-profile players that didn't produce early in the playoffs, but have had many productive postseasons since then.

Previous playoff production doesn't have to eliminate a player from consideration -- because sometimes a player is unproven in the postseason, until suddenly he is -- but if a player has made a career of under-performing in the playoffs, the safe play could be to let someone else take that risk.

Power plays rule the postseason so make sure your roster is loaded with players who get time with the man advantage, but consider that there were double-digit playoff scorers that didn't get any points on the power play (Lars Eller, Carl Hagelin, Tanner Pearson, Rene Bourque and Dwight King).

Power play defencemen, in particular, have more value in the playoffs so don't let these players slip by you in the middle-to-later rounds of the draft. Ryan McDonagh, P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook all hit double digits in points in last year's playoffs. 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.

Finally, my playoff picks will be coming Sunday with more information as you prepare to win your playoff pool.

Here is TSN.ca's 2015 NHL Playoff Payoff:
(Stats through games of 4/10/15)

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Rick Nash

0.87

0.74

0.44

12

Looks to rebound from '14 playoffs

Derick Brassard

0.75

0.65

0.69

17

Career-high 59 points

Derek Stepan

0.82

0.64

0.48

10

Pivot riding high percentages this year

Keith Yandle

0.63

0.59

0.70

29

Surging late after starting slowly in N.Y.

Martin St. Louis

0.68

0.48

0.94

13

Scoring down; strong playoff track record

Mats Zuccarello

0.64

0.74

0.53

6

Production up in second half

Chris Kreider

0.58

0.59

0.54

8

13 points in 15 playoff games last year

Kevin Hayes

0.55

0.73

N/A

4

Rookie emerging as big contributor

Ryan McDonagh

0.46

0.46

0.40

12

Led Rangers with 17 points in '14 playoffs

Carl Hagelin

0.43

0.46

0.39

1

Speedster who rarely gets PP time

J.T. Miller

0.40

0.38

0.50

3

Just scratching the surface

Dominic Moore

0.31

0.35

0.35

1

More value in a checking role

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Rick Nash

Derick Brassard

Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider

Derek Stepan

J.T. Miller

Carl Hagelin

Kevin Hayes

Martin St. Louis

Tanner Glass

Dominic Moore

James Sheppard

     

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Steven Stamkos

0.89

0.82

0.77

25

Four-time 40-goal scorer

Tyler Johnson

0.95

0.80

0.50

17

Most efficient 5-on-5 scorer in the league

Ondrej Palat

0.85

0.90

1.00

11

Excellent two-way winger

Nikita Kucherov

0.79

0.64

0.50

15

Big jump in production in second season

Victor Hedman

0.66

0.53

0.41

11

Elite blueliner battling injuries

Valtteri Filppula

0.59

0.45

0.53

17

Skilled, but doesn't shoot enough

Ryan Callahan

0.71

0.58

0.38

16

24 points in 63 career playoff games

Anton Stralman

0.48

0.52

0.20

14

Career-best production this season

Jonathan Drouin

0.46

0.42

N/A

6

Rookie could be playoff sleeper

Alex Killorn

0.54

0.52

0.50

3

Solid complementary forward

Jason Garrison

0.43

0.46

0.38

11

Booming shot from the point

Vladislav Namestnikov

0.38

0.53

N/A

2

Rookie taking on more responsibility

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Alex Killorn

Steven Stamkos

Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat

Tyler Johnson

Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov

Valtteri Filppula

Cedric Paquette

Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle

J.T. Brown

Brenden Morrow

 

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Vladimir Tarasenko

0.93

0.80

0.57

18

Electrifying scoring winger

Jaden Schwartz

0.85

0.74

0.33

16

Second-year forward plays at a high level

Alexander Steen

0.85

0.76

0.40

24

One of game's premier two-way forwards

David Backes

0.73

0.71

0.48

16

Hard-nosed centre gets tough matchups

T.J. Oshie

0.76

0.79

0.29

13

Skilled winger can handle physical game

Paul Stastny

0.63

0.60

0.82

15

More of a supporting role in St. Louis

Kevin Shattenkirk

0.79

0.50

0.43

25

Power play quarterback had great start

Alex Pietrangelo

0.57

0.54

0.50

12

Top-tier defenceman

Jori Lehtera

0.57

0.41

N/A

6

Late bloomer a nice playmaker

Patrik Berglund

0.34

0.35

0.39

1

Big, talented, yet lost on depth chart

Dmitrij Jaskin

0.32

0.29

N/A

3

Young, talented, on the way up

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Alexander Steen

Paul Stastny

Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz

Jori Lehtera

T.J. Oshie

Dmitrij Jaskin

David Backes

Patrik Berglund

Steve Ott

Marcel Goc

Ryan Reaves

Chris Porter

Olli Jokinen

Ty Rattie

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Jonathan Toews

0.81

0.74

0.86

17

31 points over last two playoffs

Marian Hossa

0.74

0.76

0.74

17

127 playoff points, ranks 1st in '15 playoffs

Patrick Kane

1.05

0.93

0.98

22

Could be near return from injury

Brandon Saad

0.63

0.56

0.52

10

Power forward emerging as a force

Duncan Keith

0.56

0.50

0.58

16

Critical puck-mover on Chicago blueline

Patrick Sharp

0.63

0.53

0.62

14

Shooter coming off a snakebit season

Kris Versteeg

0.57

0.27

0.56

5

Slumped after solid start

Brent Seabrook

0.38

0.18

0.52

15

Scores more in playoffs

Bryan Bickell

0.34

0.19

0.60

3

16 goals in last two playoff years

Brad Richards

0.49

0.28

0.76

7

Declining; had 12 points in '14 playoffs

Andrew Shaw

0.33

0.35

0.45

6

Agitator provides secondary scoring

Teuvo Teravainen

0.27

0.24

N/A

1

More upside than current value

Antoine Vermette

0.47

0.23

0.31

14

Has not been an ideal fit in Chicago

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Kris Versteeg

Jonathan Toews

Marian Hossa

Bryan Bickell

Brad Richards

Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad

Andrew Shaw

Patrick Sharp

Antoine Vermette

Marcus Kruger

Andrew Desjardins

 

Joakim Nordstrom

Teuvo Teravainen

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Ryan Getzlaf

0.89

0.60

0.91

13

One of the best, slumped in second half

Corey Perry

0.82

0.68

0.76

7

Sniper forms potent combo with Getzlaf

Ryan Kesler

0.59

0.52

0.67

11

Brought in to handle tough matchups

Jakob Silfverberg

0.48

0.61

0.24

4

Improving young winger

Hampus Lindholm

0.44

0.48

0.18

6

Emerging young blueliner

Patrick Maroon

0.48

0.38

0.54

7

Power forward with good hands

Rickard Rakell

0.44

0.53

0.50

9

21-year-old earning more responsibility

Cam Fowler

0.43

0.33

0.42

9

Solid, not spectacular, production

Sami Vatanen

0.56

0.42

0.20

17

Dynamic defenceman had great start

Matt Beleskey

0.50

0.44

0.44

4

Career-high 22 goals

Kyle Palmieri

0.52

0.45

0.47

11

Efficient complementary scorer

Andrew Cogliano

0.35

0.47

0.40

0

Speedster is a shorthanded threat

 

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Tomas Fleischmann

Ryan Getzlaf

Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey

Ryan Kesler

Jakob Silfverberg

Kyle Palmieri

Rickard Rakell

Andrew Cogliano

Patrick Maroon

Nate Thompson

Emerson Etem

Jiri Sekac

Chris Wagner

Tim Jackman

 

MINNESOTA WILD

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Zach Parise

0.84

0.74

0.73

15

14 points in 13 playoff games last year

Jason Pominville

0.67

0.46

0.62

14

Production dipped in second half

Thomas Vanek

0.65

0.67

0.57

16

Picked up following slow start

Mikko Koivu

0.60

0.65

0.45

15

Setup man has struggled in postseason

Mikael Granlund

0.57

0.66

0.54

7

Took his game up a notch in '14 playoffs

Chris Stewart

0.45

0.60

0.32

10

Better situation in Minnesota

Ryan Suter

0.49

0.37

0.35

11

Only two goals for ice time leader

Nino Niederreiter

0.47

0.48

0.46

8

Has size and can finish

Jason Zucker

0.52

0.63

0.40

1

Sniper back from broken collarbone

Charlie Coyle

0.43

0.46

0.50

3

Playoffs should suit this power forward

Jared Spurgeon

0.38

0.41

0.33

6

Undersized, effective defenceman

Justin Fontaine

0.44

0.61

0.22

2

Moves up and down the lineup

 

MINNESOTA WILD

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Zach Parise

Mikael Granlund

Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker

Mikko Koivu

Chris Stewart

Thomas Vanek

Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter

Matt Cooke

Kyle Brodziak

Justin Fontaine

Sean Bergenheim

Erik Haula

Ryan Carter

 

MONTREAL CANADIENS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

P.K. Subban

0.74

0.81

0.70

21

One of premier defencemen in the game

Tomas Plekanec

0.73

0.75

0.61

16

Strong season for two-way vet

Andrei Markov

0.61

0.66

0.41

25

Still a top option on the power play

Max Pacioretty

0.84

0.83

0.52

11

Elite scoring winger injured last week

Brendan Gallagher

0.58

0.61

0.59

8

Goes to dirty areas to score

Alex Galchenyuk

0.58

0.44

0.60

12

Tons of talent makes him a wildcard

David Desharnais

0.58

0.64

0.37

11

Two goals in 27 career playoff games

Lars Eller

0.36

0.33

0.60

2

13 points in 17 games during '14 playoffs

P.A. Parenteau

0.40

0.47

0.43

4

Ice time down in first year with Habs

Dale Weise

0.37

0.36

0.32

0

Played much more than expected

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Alex Galchenyuk

Tomas Plekanec

Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty

David Desharnais

P.A. Parenteau

Jacob De La Rose

Lars Eller

Dale Weise

Brandon Prust

Torrey Mitchell

Devante Smith-Pelly

Max Pacioretty

Manny Malhotra

Brian Flynn

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Alex Ovechkin

1.00

1.09

1.05

33

Premier sniper had sixth 50-goal season

Nicklas Backstrom

0.95

0.86

0.75

32

Has struggled in recent playoffs

John Carlson

0.67

0.57

0.35

15

Emerged as No. 1 option on blueline

Mike Green

0.63

0.55

0.58

17

Still productive in reduced role

Evgeny Kuznetsov

0.47

0.63

N/A

13

Rookie showing steady improvement

Marcus Johansson

0.58

0.57

0.37

15

Skilled winger had first 20-goal season

Troy Brouwer

0.53

0.57

0.25

14

Power forward crashes the net

Joel Ward

0.42

0.40

0.67

11

13 points in 12 games during '11 playoffs

Matt Niskanen

0.38

0.46

0.33

10

9 points in 13 playoff games last year

Eric Fehr

0.44

0.33

0.18

1

5 G, 1 A in 33 career playoff games

Brooks Laich

0.31

0.26

0.59

1

Two goals in last 41 games

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Alex Ovechkin

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Joel Ward

Marcus Johansson

Nicklas Backstrom

Troy Brouwer

Brooks Laich

Eric Fehr

Jay Beagle

Curtis Glencross

Michael Latta

Jason Chimera

Andre Burakovsky

 

Tom Wilson

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Daniel Sedin

0.91

0.97

0.70

25

49 points in last 53 playoff games

Henrik Sedin

0.88

0.92

0.75

25

54 points in last 56 playoff games

Radim Vrbata

0.78

0.83

0.39

23

Terrific first season in Vancouver

Alex Burrows

0.48

0.44

0.48

8

Agitator who skates with Sedins

Alex Edler

0.38

0.46

0.47

14

Still a factor on the power play

Nick Bonino

0.51

0.48

0.50

5

Score more at even-strength this year

Dan Hamhuis

0.39

0.44

0.36

3

More productive late in the season

Chris Higgins

0.47

0.55

0.34

5

Creates chances with speed

Jannik Hansen

0.40

0.39

0.24

0

Ice time down for speedy winger

Bo Horvat

0.36

0.44

N/A

0

Rookie with solid two-way game

Shawn Matthias

0.35

0.37

0.14

1

Scored career-high 18 goals

Derek Dorsett

0.32

0.31

0.05

0

0 goals in 37 career playoff games

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Daniel Sedin

Henrik Sedin

Alex Burrows

Chris Higgins

Nick Bonino

Radim Vrbata

Ronalds Kenins

Bo Horvat

Jannik Hansen

Shawn Matthias

Linden Vey

Derek Dorsett

Sven Baertschi

Brad Richardson

Zack Kassian

 

DETROIT RED WINGS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Pavel Datsyuk

1.03

1.11

0.74

24

Still one of the best when healthy

Henrik Zetterberg

0.86

0.73

0.93

28

Slumped down the stretch

Tomas Tatar

0.68

0.62

0.00

19

Breakout season for skilled winger

Gustav Nyquist

0.67

0.53

0.22

24

5 points in 23 career playoff games

Justin Abdelkader

0.62

0.58

0.19

14

Physical winger had best scoring season

Niklas Kronwall

0.55

0.52

0.45

23

More than half of his points via PP

Riley Sheahan

0.46

0.48

0.00

11

Two-way centre chips in offensively

Darren Helm

0.43

0.44

0.24

7

Speedster earning bigger role

Marek Zidlicky

0.41

0.39

0.39

20

11 points in 20 games with Wings

Danny DeKeyser

0.39

0.35

0.00

6

Plays steady top-four minutes

Stephen Weiss

0.49

0.41

0.71

9

Limited role, but some time on PP

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Henrik Zetterberg

Pavel Datsyuk

Darren Helm

Tomas Tatar

Riley Sheahan

Gustav Nyquist

Drew Miller

Luke Glendening

Teemu Pulkkinen

Stephen Weiss

Joakim Andersson

Tomas Jurco

Justin Abdelkader

Landon Ferraro

Dan Cleary

 

WINNIPEG JETS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Blake Wheeler

0.77

0.81

0.29

12

Has developed into top scoring winger

Andrew Ladd

0.77

0.67

0.28

19

Two-time Cup winner returns to playoffs

Dustin Byfuglien

0.66

0.70

0.64

17

Impacts the game more as a defenceman

Bryan Little

0.74

0.64

N/A

18

Excellent two-way pivot

Mark Scheifele

0.59

0.67

N/A

13

Steadily improving second-year centre

Mathieu Perreault

0.66

0.71

0.41

12

Very productive when he's in the lineup

Drew Stafford

0.56

0.60

0.35

9

Making the most of opportunity with Jets

Tyler Myers

0.39

0.63

0.54

6

More productive in Winnipeg

Michael Frolik

0.51

0.45

0.53

7

Versatility works for Jets lineup

Tobias Enstrom

0.39

0.33

N/A

7

Puck-mover just back from injury

Jacob Trouba

0.34

0.27

N/A

6

Solid young d-man, but scoring is down

Lee Stempniak

0.37

0.38

0.21

1

Winger can provide secondary scoring

Jiri Tlusty

0.44

0.41

N/A

10

One goal in 19 games with Jets

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Andrew Ladd

Bryan Little

Michael Frolik

Drew Stafford

Mark Scheifele

Blake Wheeler

Matt Halischuk

Adam Lowry

Lee Stempniak

Jiri Tlusty

Jim Slater

Chris Thorburn

Mathieu Perreault

Eric O'Dell

T.J. Galiardi

 

OTTAWA SENATORS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Erik Karlsson

0.81

0.94

0.65

30

Game's best offensive defenceman

Kyle Turris

0.78

0.97

0.71

15

Surging in the second half

Mark Stone

0.78

1.03

0.50

12

Rookie winger on a roll

Bobby Ryan

0.70

0.62

0.58

14

Goal-scoring down for big, skilled winger

Mike Hoffman

0.62

0.66

N/A

3

Speedster with quick release

Mika Zibanejad

0.58

0.66

0.40

14

Young forward on the rise

Milan Michalek

0.52

0.79

0.40

10

Veteran winger injured late in the season

Clarke MacArthur

0.57

0.69

0.60

9

Thriving with Turris, Stone

David Legwand

0.34

0.24

0.54

12

Vet's production dwindling

Alex Chiasson

0.35

0.28

0.33

6

Winger didn't score as much as hoped

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

0.37

0.42

0.60

0

Plucky checking centre has some upside

Patrick Wiercioch

0.24

0.32

0.00

5

D finally getting more consistent ice time

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Clarke MacArthur

Kyle Turris

Mark Stone

Milan Michalek

Mika Zibanejad

Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman

David Legwand

Alex Chiasson

Erik Condra

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Curtis Lazar

Colin Greening

Zack Smith

Chris Neil

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

John Tavares

1.04

1.11

0.83

31

Elite scorer finished season on a high

Kyle Okposo

0.83

0.38

0.67

18

Struggling since return from injury

Ryan Strome

0.63

0.50

N/A

8

Rising talent slumped after great start

Anders Lee

0.55

0.66

N/A

6

Has 35 goals in 99 career games

Josh Bailey

0.58

0.54

0.50

4

Solid, making steady progress

Johnny Boychuk

0.49

0.37

0.34

15

Big blast from the point on the PP

Nick Leddy

0.45

0.45

0.19

12

Thrived in bigger role with Isles

Frans Nielsen

0.55

0.56

0.33

18

Strong checker hurt late in the season

Brock Nelson

0.52

0.34

0.00

15

Faded after early scoring success

Travis Hamonic

0.46

0.63

0.17

8

Offence picked up this season

Nikolai Kulemin

0.36

0.26

0.14

0

Checker sometimes skates with Tavares

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Nikolay Kulemin

John Tavares

Ryan Strome

Josh Bailey

Frans Nielsen

Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee

Brock Nelson

Michael Grabner

Matt Martin

Casey Cizikas

Cal Clutterbuck

Tyler Kennedy

Mikhail Grabovski

Colin McDonald

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Filip Forsberg

0.77

0.61

N/A

19

Brilliant rookie playing big minutes

Mike Ribeiro

0.75

0.61

0.55

12

Productive bounceback season

Shea Weber

0.58

0.45

0.47

15

Intimidates with shot, physical play

Roman Josi

0.68

0.75

0.00

15

Earning respect as top defender

James Neal

0.56

0.37

0.58

4

Harder to score outside of Pittsburgh

Mike Fisher

0.66

0.60

0.40

10

Vet contributes at both ends

Craig Smith

0.54

0.53

0.50

9

Back-to-back seasons with 20+ goals

Colin Wilson

0.55

0.33

0.15

7

Slumped after breakout first half

Seth Jones

0.33

0.36

N/A

11

Promising blueliner with lots of skill

Ryan Ellis

0.46

0.47

0.00

6

Ice time down since returning from injury

Matt Cullen

0.41

0.52

0.57

4

Versatile veteran forward

Viktor Stalberg

0.42

0.50

0.19

0

Found way back into the lineup

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Filip Forsberg

Mike Ribeiro

James Neal

Colin Wilson

Mike Fisher

Craig Smith

Matt Cullen

Calle Jarnkrok

Viktor Stalberg

Gabriel Bourque

Paul Gaustad

Taylor Beck

Eric Nystrom

 

Mike Santorelli

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Sidney Crosby

1.11

1.00

1.20

31

Could win scoring title in down year

Evgeni Malkin

1.03

0.83

1.16

26

Battling injuries down the stretch

Patric Hornqvist

0.79

0.70

0.33

15

Works well in front of the net

Chris Kunitz

0.55

0.31

0.59

16

Production dried up late in season

Brandon Sutter

0.39

0.43

0.36

5

7 points in 13 playoff games last year

Blake Comeau

0.50

0.39

0.00

1

Slumped late in the season

Steve Downie

0.39

0.23

0.65

5

PIM leader scored 14 goals

David Perron

0.51

0.44

0.47

9

More was expected after trade from EDM

Paul Martin

0.27

0.29

0.48

1

Injuries forcing him into big minutes

Daniel Winnik

0.42

0.44

0.11

0

Checker gets time with No. 87

Ian Cole

0.23

0.34

0.00

1

Responding to bigger role

Kris Letang

0.78

0.76

0.57

24

Out for the season with concussion

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Daniel Winnik

Sidney Crosby

Patric Hornqvist

Chris Kunitz

Evgeni Malkin

David Perron

Beau Bennett

Brandon Sutter

Steve Downie

Nick Spaling

Maxim Lapierre

Blake Comeau

    Craig Adams

 

CALGARY FLAMES

 

PLAYER

PPG

Post-ASB

Playoffs

PPP

Notes

Jiri Hudler

0.97

1.12

0.50

16

Career year for veteran winger

John Gaudreau

0.80

0.85

N/A

21

Exciting rookie a creative playmaker

Sean Monahan

0.77

0.94

N/A

19

Big centre who can score

Dennis Wideman

0.70

0.82

0.57

21

Responded well in Giordano's absence

T.J. Brodie

0.51

0.35

N/A

9

Heavier lifting without Giordano

Lance Bouma

0.44

0.52

N/A

1

Surprising offensive contribution

Kris Russell

0.43

0.52

0.38

14

Shot blocker works well with Wideman

David Jones

0.45

0.45

0.10

2

28 of 30 points at even strength

Joe Colborne

0.44

0.35

0.00

5

Lanky forward with some skill

Mikael Backlund

0.53

0.45

N/A

1

Sound two-way player

Markus Granlund

0.38

0.36

N/A

2

Rookie with some offensive upside

 

 

LINES

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Johnny Gaudreau

Sean Monahan

Jiri Hudler

Mason Raymond

Mikael Backlund

Joe Colborne

Michael Ferland

Matt Stajan

David Jones

Brandon Bollig

Markus Granlund

Josh Jooris

Lance Bouma

Sam Bennett

Drew Shore

 

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca