All goals count the same, but it`s obviously easier to score on a power-play than at even-strength or shorthanded; so if two guys had the same goal totals, but one played often on the power play while the second one rarely did, you could argue that the second player was actually a better goal scorer. So, I decided to take the top 100 goal scoers in NHL history (minus defencemen and pre-expansion guys) and see who had the highest percentage of their goals on the power play. Players who most relied on the power play: 1. Dave Andreychuk .426 2. Brian Bellows .408 3. Tim Kerr .405 4. Dino Ciccarelli .382 5. Luc Robitaille .374 6. Keith Tkachuk .374 7. Joe Nieuwendyk .373 8. Pierre Turgeon .372 9. Steve Larmer .367 10. Phil Esposito .365 I was sure Tim Kerr would finish first before I started this. Figured Andreychuk would be near the top but didn`t think Bellows would be so high. I always felt Ciccarelli and Tkachuk were overrated so I`m not surprised to see them here but I`m shocked to see Steve Larmer on the list. Anyways look at those players and what do most of them have in common? Lack of playoff success. Those guys account for over 150 NHL seasons yet only have 9 Cup rings (and that`s counting Nieuwendyk`s in `03 even though he didn`t play in the Final). No one player wins or loses a series himself, but you have to wonder when a pattern emerges over a career: Andrechuk- 17 playoff years- 10 first round eliminations Tkachuk- 11 playoff years- 9 first round eliminations Turgeon- 14 playoff years- 10 first round eliminations Not exactly team clutch. Maybe at playoff pool time, it might be good to avoid taking forwards who have most of their success on the power play. Anyways on the flip side. Players who least relied on the power play: 1. Butch Goring .189 2. Jean Pronovost .217 3. Stephane Richer .221 4. Steve Shutt .224 5. Peter McNab .226 6. Wayne Gretzky .228 7. Reggie Leach .231 8. Gary Roberts .242 9. Jacques Lemaire .243 10. Bill Barber .248 Goring was incredible. 375 goals while playing most of his career on a second line/checking line; didn`t get a lot of PP time due to being behind Dionne in L.A. and Trottier in Long Island. In contrast to the first list, these players (except Pronovost) had great success in the playoffs: 26 Stanley Cups. There`s two players each from Montreal and Philadelphia`s great 70s teams, as well as an 80s Edmonton player( Kurri was #11). Those teams were lethal on the power play, but always ranked near the bottom of the league in power play opportunities. It could`ve been that referees were giving their opponents a break when the score got out of hand. Finally about Gretzky; he`s the only guy on that list who was among the top 50 scorers. If being the top scorer of all-time wasn`t enough, he did it with less reliance on the power play than any other top 50 guys. If you took away all his power play goals, he`d still have more than 650 goals. Comments, complaints, questions?