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Power Play Point Leader

The NHL's Christmas break is over.  Games were played last night.  However it is too early to find any meaningful trends in the post-Christmas break games.  I am still lokking at the year in review (Christmas 2015 to Christmas 2016).  One interesting number to look at is power play points.  A player who scores a large percentage of his points on the power play is not a reliable offensive threat.  They require the extra space and time that is created by a man advantage.  They are not so good at scoring at even strength and if their power play time gets reduced, their offensive numbers may plummet.

The top scorers on the power play in the past year are a tie between Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.  Schenn is the more troubling of the two.  He scored fewer points than Thornton had assists in the year.  Given Thornton's age, a decline is expected but with Schenn at age 25 it might not be.

Both Schenn and Thornton had 31 power play points in the past year.  For Schenn that represents nearly half of his offensive output of 65 points.

Philadelphia has expectations that Bryaden Schenn may take over as an offensive star but I wouldn't count on it.  He is too dependent upon the power play for his scoring.  Schenn is signed with a $5.25 million salary cap hit until 2020.  By that time it should be clear that his scoring depends upon power play time which he may no longer be receiving.  I would not be surprised if Brayden Schenn is no longer a Philadelphia Flyer by that time.

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