A look at how the Rangers’ Adam Fox has become an elite power play quarterback – [Update News]

Adam Fox’s standout play is put on display almost every game — and it’s become a difference-maker on the power play. 

The right-handed back was always known for his offensive upside, but he didn’t initially have the chance to put it to work on the top unit. He played primarily on the second unit in his rookie year. There were a few times when he was with the top team. When the role opened last season, there was some debate about whether he could keep the power play as dynamic as it was with Tony DeAngelo at the point. But Fox has quickly shown he couldn’t just handle the promotion — he could thrive in it.

With another year of experience under his belt, the Rangers’ defender is putting on a clinic on how to quarterback a top unit. 

So far this season, the Rangers’ power play ranks seventh in the league, clicking at 25 percent. Their play below the surface backs up that ranking; the Rangers’ shot volume puts them fourth, while the quality of their chances, in terms of expected goals, ranks sixth. It’s no surprise that the team generates more with him deployed — he’s a part of the first group that plays over 70 percent of the available minutes.

Via HockeyViz

The league’s standard structure is the 1-3-1, which is what the team uses. The top unit has Chris Kreider, a net-front presence and a righty in left circle.