Originally posted Jan. 31 by The Hockey News, ESPN.com, and MSN.ca. 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.
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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%

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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%


zagrapanFarm 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.

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