Ranking the Best Power-Play Specialists Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

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Ranking the Best Power-Play Specialists Among 2014 NHL Free Agents
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Although their services don't come cheap, signing the right free agent is the quickest way to address a team's major needs. Just as Marian Gaborik has helped unleash the Los Angeles Kings' full potential with the man advantage, signing a power-play specialist like Mike Cammalleri or Radim Vrbata can make all the difference in 2014-15. Who are this season's best free-agent power-play options?

Analytics can be used to answer this question in a way that's free of personal opinion. This ranking is ordered by the rate at which each player scores on the power play over the past three seasons combined.

All but the first of the unrestricted free agent (UFA) on this list score at least 4.5 points per 60 minutes. Those who just missed the list, like most prominently Derek Roy, Jarome Iginla and Marian Gaborik, do not.

Obviously the list is biased against defensemen who aren't in on as much of the scoring as the forwards, and there's consequently only one of them included. Andrei Markov, Dan Boyle and Marek Zidlicky are other good options on the point for those looking to improve their work with the man advantage through free agency.

While this ranking was composed in fashion that's free of personal opinion, that doesn't mean that there's no room for any. Please use the comments section to generously provide your own suggestions. Let's begin!

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