Big bodies finding new home on power play

BY foxsports • October 17, 2009

You know you've defined a niche when people start to think of you when that position is mentioned. And while Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom probably isn't looking for those type of accolades, there's no doubt the strategy of parking a big dude in front of the net on the power play can be referred to as the Homer Effect in his honor.

The biggest beneficiary of this trend has been Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien, who became a household name (albeit one mangled by most people) during the Stanley Cup playoffs last year when he became Roberto Luongo's least favorite Hawk.

Now let the record show Byfuglien scored just three goals in those 17 postseason games, but he wreaked enough havoc in front of the net to distract the Flames and Canucks from offensive guns such as Patrick Kane, Martin Havlat and Jonathan Toews.