Fantasy Pool Look: Men of power

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There may have been seven players ahead of San Jose's Joe Thornton in the NHL scoring race, but heading into Tuesday's action there was nobody ahead of him in power play production.

His 37 power play points were two ahead of the second-highest player, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, and those points constitute 59.7 per cent of Thornton's overall production – also tops in the league.

Needless to say, you can look at this stat in two ways. Those fantasy pools that reward points on the power play will look at this number very favorably. Those pools that don't – won't.

Why? Because a player's otherwise weak season is being salvaged by his production on the power play. What if the team's power play hits a slump? What if the team's power play quarterback sustains an injury? If a player such as Thornton is relying on the man-advantage for a larger-than-normal percentage of his points, there are too many things that could go wrong that can put a stop to it.

On the flip side of the coin, a player among the scoring leaders with a lower-than-average percentage of power play points could be looked upon as having excellent potential for improvement. After all, he may not be getting the PP time right now, but if he keeps on producing at even strength his PP time will come. When that happens, his production will increase even more.

The player with 42 points or more who has the lowest percentage of power play points is David Legwand. Of his 42 points, just seven have come on the power play. If he ever gets quality time with the man advantage, his numbers could really pop.

The following table is a list of the top 10 players (with 42 points or more) in terms of power play points percentage (ESP = Even Strength Points; PwPP = Power Play Points):

RK

Player

Team

GP

P

ESP

PwPP

%

1

JOE THORNTON

SJS

50

62

25

37

59.7%

2

BRIAN ROLSTON

MIN

51

43

18

23

53.5%

3

BRENDAN SHANAHAN

NYR

50

48

20

25

52.1%

4

PATRICE BERGERON

BOS

48

48

22

25

52.1%

5

SAKU KOIVU

MTL

50

43

18

22

51.2%

6

ALEXANDER SEMIN

WSH

46

51

25

26

51.0%

7

MARC SAVARD

BOS

48

62

31

31

50.0%

8

TEEMU SELANNE

ANA

51

61

31

30

49.2%

9

PATRICK MARLEAU

SJS

50

55

28

27

49.1%

10

VYACHESLAV KOZLOV

ATL

51

50

26

24

48.0%

The following table is a list of the bottom 10 players (with 42 points or more) in terms of power play points percentage:

RK

Player

Team

GP

P

ESP

PwPP

%

1

DAVID LEGWAND

NSH

48

45

35

7

15.6%

2

ALEX TANGUAY

CGY

48

45

34

11

24.4%

3

THOMAS VANEK

BUF

51

49

37

12

24.5%

4

DANIEL ALFREDSSON

OTT

47

49

34

13

26.5%

5

JAROME IGINLA

CGY

39

53

37

15

28.3%

6

PAUL KARIYA

NSH

51

56

40

16

28.6%

7

MARTIN ERAT

NSH

48

45

31

13

28.9%

8

ERIK COLE

CAR

52

47

32

14

29.8%

9

OLLI JOKINEN

FLA

51

52

35

16

30.8%

10

DAYMOND LANGKOW

CGY

49

52

34

16

30.8%

Farm Report: Buffalo prospect Marek Zagrapan has had a tough go of things in his rookie-pro year with Rochester. For one thing, the Americans share affiliation with both Buffalo and Florida. As such, his ice time is reduced dramatically, since there are more players to choose from. The high-scoring winger had just 10 points in his first 28 games. Things are turning around, however, as the Slovak has tallied 10 points in his past eight games, seizing a prominent role with the squad.

Darryl Dobbs' Fantasy Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the 1st of every month in THN's Fantasy section.

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