7 successful power play setups used by the Vancouver Canucks (VIDEOS)

In Coaching Hockey, Premium Articles, Tactics by Mitch Giguere1 Comment

I cheated on this one. I wrote this article for myself, first, to create a new playbook for my team. But because I love sharing my work, I have also decided to show all of you why the Vancouver Canucks had success on the power play last season.

In this article, we will break down seven power play tendencies from the Canucks last season. Travis Green’s team finished the season fourth in the league with a 24.2% success rate, with assistant coach Newell Brown in charge of the power play.

1. Inside the blue line, dot to wall

If you attended the Virtual Hockey Summit, you know what I’m talking about here. If not, take a look at the flankers getting inside the blue line, dot to wall.

The Canucks are able to create time and space for themselves. It is hard for the penalty killer to chase high. After, it’s only a matter of what you want to do from there, an option, attacking downhill on the outside of the dots.


2. Far post

I thought the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins were the first teams to do this, but I was wrong. The Canucks use this option extremely well.

When they are going downhill, instead of keeping a player at the net-front position, that player gets open at the far post. Look how much space and confusion they can create because of this.


3. Goal line option

Going downhill is one thing, but you don’t always have the seam pass open and you don’t always want to bring the puck back up top for the power play quarterback. This is when we see the Canucks use an option on the goal line.





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Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. He is the video coach for the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL). Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. See All Posts By Mitch



  1. Hi:

    I enjoyed watching these videos.

    I noticed on the first video Vancouver seems to like to stack one forward just above the goalie and another forward just above with two wings near the walls and the QB high on top. They seem to rotate and motion off this formation which creates an unusual formation of 1-1-2-1 then eventually settling into four players down low around the dots and the QB high or 4-1.

    I also like the goal line power play which creates a triangle formation and options to pass to the bumper, weakside play or shoot the puck. Overall I like the various ways you can attack the power play with the videos show.

    Thank you.


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