Food for thought ... some PP numbers:
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11-10-2003, 01:40 PM
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...is there a corellation between salary and power play success?
Probably, there definitely IS a correlation between stick skills and powerplay success. Usually it hinges on a couple or three guys on each team.
... Does a successfull powerplay absolutely require a high scoring dman or is the relationship an effect instead of a cause?
Nope. Or at least there is very little evidence to support that idea.
The list of the most efficient PP point-getters (PP points relative to ice-time) reads like the all-star ballot ... and they are overwhelmingly forwards. (granted several of them often play the point on the PP).
The only Dmen to crack the top 30 --- Derek Morris and Mathieu Schneider.
The only other Dmen in the top 60 --- McInnis, Sydor, Lidstrom, Zubov, Tarnstrom.
IMHO it comes down to having the right talents for PP duty, and forwards typically possess more of those skills than defencemen do. And certainly some forwards more than others.
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