Scoring Chances on the Power-Play, 2010-11

Slava Duris
May 30 2011 09:21AM

Several weeks ago, I provided a look at the Maple Leafs' Even Strength Scoring Chances, by player, over the 2010-11 season. Now it's time to get back on the horse and provide a look at special teams, an aspect of the game that the Leafs have struggled with for the past few years.  Today we'll look at the scoring chances produced during 5-on-4 and 4-on-3 power plays, while each player was on the ice, from this past season.

Forward
PP Min
CF
CA
CF/60
CA/60
DIF/60
F. SJOSTROM
4.62
3
0
38.99
0
38.99
K. VERSTEEG*
188.70
111
27
35.29
8.59
26.71
T. BRENT
59.32
32
6
32.37
6.07
26.30
M. GRABOVSKI
248.70
128
26
30.88
6.27
24.61
N. KULEMIN
213.73
110
23
30.88
6.46
24.42
C. ORR
1.97
1
0
30.51
0
30.51
C. MACARTHUR
235.27
118
24
30.09
6.12
23.97
N. KADRI
73.83
37
14
30.07
11.38
18.69
P. KESSEL
295.22
147
29
29.88
5.89
23.98
J. LUPUL
98.43
48
7
29.26
4.27
24.99
L. CAPUTI
10.35
5
3
28.99
17.39
11.59
M. FRATTIN
2.15
1
2
27.91
55.81
-27.91
T. BOZAK
234.05
107
24
27.43
6.15
21.28
C. ARMSTRONG
30.50
12
3
23.61
5.90
17.70
M. BROWN
5.98
2
0
20.06
0
20.06
J. CRABB
40.08
12
0
17.96
0
17.96
J. MITCHELL*
8.72
1
2
6.88
13.77
-6.88
D. BOYCE
15.48
1
1
3.88
3.88
0
C. HANSON
0.63
0
0
0
0
0
J. ROSEHILL
0.43
0
0
0
0
0
M. MUELLER
0.32
0
0
0
0
0
M. ZIGOMANIS
0.52
0
0
0
0
0
J. COLBORNE
4.38
0
1
0
13.69
-13.69
Defense
PP Min CF
CA
CF/60
CA/60
DIF/60
T. KABERLE*
244.43
138
23
33.87
5.65
28.23
D. PHANEUF
251.78
115
19
27.40
4.53
22.88
B. LEBDA
80.28
32
12
23.92
8.97
14.95
L. SCHENN
79.27
30
9
22.71
6.81
15.90
M. LASHOFF
22.30
8
6
21.52
16.14
5.38
C. GUNNARSSON
90.23
32
10
21.28
6.65
14.63
M. KOMISAREK
2.90
1
0
20.69
0
20.69
F. BEAUCHEMIN*
95.73
33
8
20.68
5.01
15.67
K. AULIE
9.33
3
1
19.29
6.43
12.86
K. HOLZER
1.78
0
0
0
0
0
Goalie
PP Min
CF
CA
CF/60
CA/60
DIF/60
J. GUSTAVSSON
125.40
64
16
30.62
7.66
22.97
J. REIMER
222.27
100
25
26.99
6.75
20.25
J. GIGUERE
176.15
79
15
26.91
5.11
21.80
ALL GOALIES
523.82
243
56
27.83
6.41
21.42

With the trade of Tomas Kaberle, the Leafs are now in need of a competent PP quarterback in addition to the other items on the list of needs.  Dion Phaneuf was the next best defenceman, but his on-ice numbers declined after the departure of Kaberle, as he saw 25.96 PP chances for per 60 and 6.23 SH chances against.

Versteeg was frequently used as a pointman during his stint with Toronto and the PP unit produced the most chances per 60 when he was on the ice, but numerous shorthanded chances were given up as well. After Versteeg was traded to Philly, Tim Brent became his substitute on the point and performed similarly, differential-wise.

The Leafs' Differential-per-60-minutes of PP time dropped by 5.15 from their 2009-10 number.  Despite this, the team scored more goals.  Taking out 5-on-3 opportunities, the Leafs scored 48 goals on 307 opportunities for a 15.6 % conversion rate this season.  Last year, they scored 37 PP goals on 283 opportunities which comes out to 13.1 %.  Or if you want to look at it by icetime, the Leafs scored at a rate of 4.39 goals per 60 minutes of PP time in 2009-10 (37 goals through 505:08 minutes).  They improved by over a goal this past season, at 5.40 goals per 60 minutes (48 goals through 532:83 minutes).  These include time with the goalie pulled.

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Slava Duris started writing at his blog "Under the Helmet of Slava Duris" in May of 2009. He is currently engaged in a project to count scoring chances for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. Slava chose his moniker in tribute to Vitezslav "Slava" Duris, a defenceman who defected from Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was known for wearing one of the goofiest looking helmets in Leafs history.
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