Ok, let’s start with some information that you already know…the Bears have a good power play. League leading. Converting on 30.2% of their chances. That is over 8% better than the team in 2nd (Texas at 22.1%).
Graham Mink has 11 power play goals this season. Tied for 1st in the league.
But you probably knew that too.
The Bears have scored 2 or more power play goals in 17 games this year. They are 13-0-2-2 in those games.
Big deal, obviously if you score 2 or more goals with the extra man you are more likely to win.
Mink has been in the lineup for 14 of those 17 games.
Ok, that is something new and somewhat interesting, but Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque, Christian Hanson, and Jacob Micflikier have been in the lineup for at least that many as well. So what?
Mr. Mink has only played in 28 games this season. In half of those games the Bears have scored 2+ power play goals.
And remember, the Bears win 76.5% of their games and earn 88.2% of possible points when they score 2+ power play goals.
Translation…the Bears are more likely to score power play goals…and in turn win, when Graham Mink plays.
Graham has only played in 33% of the games this calendar year. The Bears have only converted on 23.8% of their power plays this calendar year.
Ok, so maybe you still aren’t convinced. Let me say that this isn’t the Richmond Effect (although even that took a big hit this past weekend…he was in the lineup for all 3 games), the Bears are not automatically a better team just because Minker is in the lineup.
Now, which player was missing on Saturday and Sunday? Yes, that would be one Graham Mink.
Did you know that…
In games where Graham Mink does NOT play the Bears have scored 15 power play goals….in 14 games. And they are still converting on 24.2% of their chances. Which would still be good enough for 1st overall in the league, but a full 6% less than their current numbers.
33.1%. That is the Bears success rate on the power play WITH Mr. Mink in the lineup. That is almost 9% higher than when he is not in the lineup.
The Bears power play, and in turn the Bears as a team, are more potent with Graham in the lineup.
Anyone who witnessed the debacle that was the Bears power play this past weekend knows what I am talking about. (Ok, it wasn't that bad, but it didn't seem to be clicking...almost like something, or someone, was missing.)
To recap today’s lesson:
Graham Mink = More Power Play Goals = More Hershey Bears Wins = Happiness For All