Can The Oilers Generate More Shots On The Power Play?

Hartikainen made a small difference on the power play. Can Dallas Eakins make an enormous impact? - Derek Leung

The Oilers are miserable when it comes to shots for with a man advantage.

The lack of shots generated by Edmonton's power play is something I've touched on a number of times before.  Shots/60 are vitally important to power play success, and the Oilers are lacking in that department as they ranked 29th in the league last season.

157 fowards played 20 games and averaged at least 2 minutes of 5v4 time on ice last season.  The Oilers had 8 players in that group.  Those players and their rank:  Teemu Hartikainen - 100, Ales Hemsky - 106, Nail Yakupov - 133, Taylor Hall - 135, Jordan Eberle - 138, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 139, Sam Gagner - 145, and Shawn Horcoff - 156.  Hartikainen led the way at 39.1 per 60, which is and outstanding mark for the Oilers considering their performance over the last three seasons.

Below are the shots/60 totals for the Oilers forwards that played a regular power play shift over the last three seasons.  Remember, Hartikainen's 39.1 led the way in 2012-13 and he was 100th of 157 in the NHL.

Player Shots/60 Misses/60
Linus Omark 44.6 18.5
Gilbert Brule 42.1 9.4
Andrew Cogliano 42.0 9.1
Teemu Hartikainen 38.6 17.7
Magnus Paajarvi 38.0 16.2
Ryan Smyth 37.1 16.1
Sam Gagner 36.7 17.6
Taylor Hall 36.4 16.7
Jordan Eberle 36.2 15.2
Nail Yakupov 35.7 12.1
Ales Hemsky 35.1 15.5
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 35.1 15.7
Eric Belanger 34.7 17.1
Ryan Jones 34.4 14.0
Shawn Horcoff 34.3 15.5

The core of the Oilers' power play is awful at generating shots.

These numbers include both of Tom Renney's seasons as well as Ralph Krueger's half-season.  Dallas Eakins is willing to do all sorts of things with a man advantage, maybe he's the answer to what ails the special teams.

Tyler's work on the Oilers' problems on the power play and pointed to zone entries, and if that's the case, the issue is systemic, not personnel-based.  Can Eakins fix what Renney and Krueger couldn't?

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