Ranking the Top Power-Play Specialists in the NHL

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Ranking the Top Power-Play Specialists in the NHL
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Certain players are simply deadly on the power play, and can almost single-handedly generate the extra scoring that boosts lottery teams into the postseason and bubble teams into contention. Who are the best of the best?

As usual, the player selection will be free of personal opinion. The players were selected by adding their power-play goals per 60 minutes over the past three years to their power-play assists rate, but weighing the goals twice as much (most power-play goals involve two assists).

Obviously this method will exclude rookies and sophomores, make it impossible to include any defensemen and make it a little tougher for playmakers.

In fairness, a lot of great power-play specialists missed this list for no other reason than lacking the high-quality linemates most of the players on this list enjoy. And despite using a three-year average, there are still some that missed because of prolonged cold streaks when they got just as many opportunities, but were hitting nothing but leather and goal posts.

There are a lot of effective players on the power play, but only a chosen few whose appearance on the ice fills opponents with the most dread.

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted. 

 

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