You said the PP is bad because the players are bad. Even though some players may be overrated this team has as much talent as most teams in the league. It's definitely the coaching. Torts doesn't play his best players. We definitely have enough talent to be at least average. We have:
Moore: Not Green, but he can handle the puck and get it on net.
Stralman: Can handle the puck and get it on net.
MDZ: I know he's not great, but he's a good passer.
Callahan: Not the most offensively talented player in the league, but being in front of the net is his forte. If he's anything, he's a PP specialist.
Richards: He's always been a PP specialist, sure he sucks this year, but last year he was pretty good and still the PP sucked. Plus, even if he's on the downside of his career, I'd think that the PP, where you don't have to skate fast or be physical would be his forte.
Brassard: Great passer, good shot
Zucc: Great passer
Stepan: Great passer, good shot
Nash: Excellent all around player. Yeah he's been bad this series, but how good was our PP in the regular season when he was excellent?
Are these guys, not enough to make our PP at least mediocre? No one is asking to be #1 in the league.
John Moore couldn't even find consistent PP time on the freaking Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stralman was an incompetent and inconsistent PPQB on the Blue Jackets as well. They bought him in from Toronto via Calgary a few yrs back to run the PP. It was a fail.
MDZ was a good PP player his first month of the season, but has really tailed off. Lack of confidence.
Callahan is good in front of the net, but his goals are greasy garbage goals. He would not be top PP unit on elite teams.