There is one player above the rest when it comes to powerplay specialists in the NHL: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
This, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, who wrapped up his Archetype series highlighting how effective Nugent-Hopkins has been.
Here’s some of what Seravalli wrote:
To be classified as a Power Play Specialist, this forward or defenseman must reliably and consistently create goals. And the first player that came to mind was Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Yes, he is also a defensively conscientious skater who frequently draws tough assignments, but he’s earning his paycheck as a critical piece to Edmonton’s vaunted power play unit. He is in-sync with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, flowing in and out of the bumper position, and able to seamlessly find teammates for incredible scoring chances often without looking. He is a power play maestro, even if he is far from the most dangerous player on the ice.