While speaking about some of the defensemen he will coach this season, Lindy Ruff said that Kevin Shattenkirk is one of the "best offensive defensemen and one of the best power play defensemen" in the NHL. (NYR)
At NHL.com, Rob Vollman writes Kevin Shattenkirk has been the most "dominant" PP defenseman in the NHL and that over the last four years he has scored an average of 6.21 points per 60 minutes.
Since 2013-14 Shattenkirk ranks 9th among defensemen in points per game (.65) and 11th in overall points for a defenseman (189) at even strength but is second in total PP points with 104.
Since 2013-14, the Blues rank third in the NHL in terms of PP% and by season have finished:
- 2013-14: 9th in the NHL, Shattenkirk led them with 26 PP points
- 2014-15: 4th in the NHL, Shattenkirk led them with 25 PP points
- 2015-16: 6th in the NHL, Shattenkirk led them with 26 PP points
- 2016-17: 8th in the NHL, Shattenkirk was 2nd in PP points to Vladimir Tarasenko (22 to 20) but played in 21 fewer games
Shattenkirk was called one of the best PP QBs in the NHL by The Hockey News.
Over the past four seasons, the Sports Forecaster has said about Shattenkirk:
- 13-14: "He put himself in line for a big payday after another solid season on the Blues second pairing. Shattenkirk was second on the team in ice time, including big special teams minutes and was on pace for a third straight season of 40-plus-points. The trade that brought him from Colorado still incites giddiness in the front office."
- 14-15: "He joined Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester in the 20 minute per night club for St. Louis and QBed the 7th ranked PP. Still only 25, surpassed all of his personal records for goals, assists, and points while leading the Blues in PP scoring. Shattenkirk is a top offensive defenseman that can only become better with experience."
- 15-16: "The PP mastermind was missed during a long stint on injured reserve. If abdominal surgery hadn't limited him to 56 games in 14-15, he may have challenged for the NHL title as highest scoring defenseman. He set a career high in assists and led the club with 25 PPP tied for fourth in the league among D-Men."
- 16-17: "He led the Blues defense in scoring even as he heard his name mentioned in trade tumors last season. Only 3 NHL defensemen topped his 26 PP points, (he has registered at least 25 PPP 3 years in a row). Shattenkirk also set a personal best with 14 goals, all coming after he missed 10 games last October with a groin injury."
Since 2012-13 the Rangers have only had two players finish a season with over 20 PP points, both Keith Yandle and Derrick Brassard had 22 in 2015-16.
Adam Rotter: The PP is where Shattenkirk has made his money and it's where ultimately the Rangers will need him to deliver. He has proven to be a reliable PP performer before and he will be the one controlling the puck when the Rangers have the man advantage. He will have a lot of talent around him in a group that could consist of players like Zuccarello, Zibanejad, Kreider, Hayes, Miller, Vesey, Buchnevich, Nash, Miller and maybe Ryan McDonagh. He's a definite factor on the ice and should be able to open things up for some other players.