Phil Posted December 7, 2018 Share Posted December 7, 2018 Over the last ten seasons, in which he?s played over 1700 minutes there, few players have dined out on the man advantage as much as Shattenkirk has. Since 2009-10, he?s scored 329 points ? 160 of which came on the power play. That rate of approximately 49% places him ninth among defensemen in that category over that time. Yet this season, Shattenkirk has seen as his role as the first PP unit?s quarterback taken over by second-year pro Neal Pionk, who not only leads all Rangers? defenseman by a mile in power play points (11) but is quickly encroaching on surpassing Shattenkirk for the team lead in power play minutes per game played. Pionk currently trails Shattenkirk by just 13 total minutes ? a gap we can expect him to close in the next handful of weeks. Shattenkirk?s on pace for just 24 points this year, which would just best his lowest-scoring season in 2012-13 ? a lockout-shortened year in which he scored 23 points in 48 games. His points per game played (P/GP) rate, however, has never been as low as it is this season (0.30), which, detailed in a moment, is a direct result of his reduced presence as the team?s go-to power play quarterback. Unsurprisingly, Shattenkirk?s P/GP has fallen by about half his career average, 0.58, this season. Remember that 49% figure mentioned just before? It sure seems awfully relevant here, no? There?s no end in sight for Shattenkirk, either. Pionk has already surpassed him, as well as Brady Skjei and Marc Staal ? the latter of whom is still inexplicably his even strength partner ? for the team lead in total time on ice this year. Given the disparity between Pionk and all other Rangers? defenders in power play scoring, barring a major dry spell, there?s little reason to believe Quinn and assistant coach David Oliver will reverse their roles any time soon. This leaves Shattenkirk, already marred by sixteen months of disappointment, and the Rangers with awfully tough questions to answer as the clock ticks on what is likely another losing season, complete with a second-straight deadline liquidation sale. Is all of this really worth playing for your favorite childhood team? https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/12/7/18128399/new-york-rangers-and-kevin-shattenkirk-are-at-an-unintended-crossroads 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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