Thursday, December 4, 2008

Powerplay Goal Specialists

As of this moment, (early Dec./08) Teemu Selanne has tallied 14 goals on the season for the Ducks. 13 of these goals have been notched on the powerplay for an astounding 93 percent. If continued for the season, this would be the highest percentage of one player's goals that were scored via the powerplay. The current record for players with at least 17 PPG in a season is 80.0% by The Roadrunner, Yvan Cournoyer. The top two single season PPG scorers, Tim Kerr (34) and Dave Andreychuk (32) notched percentages of 58.2 and 59.3 of their goal totals.
Two defensemen check in at second and third place, with over 70% of their goals on the powerplay. Dave Andreychuk and Paul Gardner both have two seasons of over 58% powerplay goals.
Paul Gardner is actually also the career leader in PPG Pct among forwards, and the only forward with over 50% of his career goals scored on the powerplay. In fact only twelve forwards have ever scored over 40% of their career goals on the powerplay. Gardner had a solid career that ended at age thirty after two MVP seasons in the AHL. Soon after, he jumped into coaching, spending five years as head coach of the Newmarket Saints, followed by a long stint as assistant coach for Barry Trotz in Nashville. As of 2008-09 he was head coah for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian League.
Defensemen of course tend to score a higher percentage of their goals with the man advantage and Dave Babych is the only player in history with a higher than 60% PPG Pct. finishing a full four percentage points ahead of second place Rob Blake.

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