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Power Play Performers: East - Oct 16th, 2010

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Matt Taormina has been a big power play surprise early on.
Matt Taormina has been a big power play surprise early on.

This is a new feature we've started up here at FHS.  Every couple of weeks we'll give you a heads up on the key power play situations around the league.  This post will look at the teams in the Eastern Conference.  Click here for the West.

(The statistics are for games up to and including Oct. 15th)

Zach Bogosian (4:41), Evander Kane (3:21), and Andrew Ladd (3:19) are all averaging much higher TOI averages than last year (1:39, 0:20 and 0:36 respectively).  They have no PPP to show for it yet but the PT is encouraging.

From the we-did-not-see-this-coming department: Matt Hunwick is leading all Bruins d-men under 6'5' in PP time with an average of 3:55/game.  Hunwick did have 27 points in 53 games two years ago but only 14 in 78 last year.  We expect Dennis Seidenberg (3:19) or Johnny Boychuk (2:49) to eventually pass Hunwick on the PP depth charts.

Jordan Leopold has quietly had a nice start to the season with 2+2=4 in fives games.  He's also playing a whopping 3:29 / game on the PP... most of any Sabre d-man.  His career high of 33 points way back in 2003-04 might be in jeopardy if he keeps this up.  He'll make a good flyer in deeper leagues.

Jaroslav Spacek is 2nd on the Habs (behind P.K. Subban) with an average of 3:14 PP TOI / game.  Expect that to drop when Andrei Markov returns shortly.

We bet you didn't realize that Matt Taormina (3:01) and Jacob Josefson (2:57) have played the 2nd and 3rd most time on the PP for the Devils (Kovy is 1st).  We've loving Taormina around these parts... as it's looking like he'll QB that talented Devil PP for the whole season and could be a big time breakout.  JJ is somebody we're keeping an eye on as well (he played a few shifts with Kovy and Parise yesterday) but need to see a bit more from him before we recommend him.

On the Isle James Wisniewski leads the team (6:23 / game) as he tries to do his best Mark Streit impersonation.  Blake Comeau has gone from 0:29 / game of PP time to 4:47 this season.  Want some proof the Islanders still have a long way to go?   Andrew MacDonald (who has 7 points and no PPP in 53 career games) is fifth on the team with 4:40 PP TOI / game.

Alex Frolov isn't playing as much on the PP as we were expecting... he's ninth on the team with only 1:56 / game.

We finally got some numbers to prove what we've been telling you for ages now.  Paul Martin is not going to run the PP in Pittsburgh.  Alex Goligoski (5:53) is well ahead of Martin (3:54), Kris Letang (2:46) and Andrew Hutchinson (2:39) for the plum job.  Also, Mike Comrie (6:05) and Chris Kunitz (6:01) are getting some big time minutes with the man advantage.

Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier and Pavel Kubina all have over five minutes per game on the PP... nobody else on the Bolts has more than 2:31 / game.

Same deal in Toronto as Tomas Kaberle, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Kris Versteeg are all above 5 minutes... Nikolai Kulemin is next on the list at only 2:49.

If you're expecting a monster breakout from John Carlson (as I am) then you have to be a little bit discouraged to see he has only 1:41 / game on the PP (10th on the team... less than Tom Poti).