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11-10-2003, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by momentai
What about Minnesota and Columbus? Didn't they have a decent pp last season? I don't recall them having an amazing payroll.
Columbus PP improved dramatically for two reasons. They acquired Cassels ... who is a perennially one of the league's points-per-minute leaders on the PP. (Terrible even-strength +/- guy though). That and they used a forward on the point a lot (67% I think). The addition of Whitney certainly helped too.

Minnesota's PP was worse than the Oilers ... and was absolutely dreadful when Gaborik wasn't on the ice.

Vancouver's powerplay was well below 10% when Naslund and Bertuzzi weren't on the ice. And dynamite when they were.

Anaheim is a team that had the biggest improvement in PP productio last year (a good thing too, they weren't a very good 5on5 team last year). The acquisition of Oates and the use of a forward on the point a staggering 85% of the time are the reasons.

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