DENVER - As far as power-play numbers go, there isn’t a defenseman in the League more efficient than Kevin Shattenkirk.
How about this stat? Shattenkirk has 15 power-play points this season, which ranks third among all NHL defensemen. San Jose’s Brent Burns ranks first with 17 power-play points in 144 minutes, 48 seconds with the man-advantage, while Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson is second with 16 power-play points in 191:02.
Shattenkirk? Fifteen points in just 75 minutes, 36 seconds of power-play time.
“He’s a great defenseman. I think he’s really underrated, because people aren’t really talking about him,” Vladimir Tarasenko said of Shattenkirk. “I think he’s one of the best ‘D’ in the League. I really enjoy playing with him, and we’re close friends, too, so it makes it easy.”
“(He makes) great reads and has very good hockey sense,” Alexander Steen said. “When you add that to the mix, the plays just get that much quicker. The penalty-kill has a tougher time trying to adjust to what we’re trying to do.”
Ask Shattenkirk about his contributions to the power play and he won’t take much credit. Instead, he points to the chemistry of the club’s top unit.
“We don’t do anything too crazy, we just have a lot of different options and weapons we can use,” Shattenkirk said. “If you take one guy, it opens up another guy. Over the last two or three years, we’ve figured out how to expose those advantages on our side. It’s nice when you have a group that has chemistry. I think that goes a very long way.”