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Jamal Mayers, recently called “the most useless player in the league,” has saved the Chicago power play

Mar 5, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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Last week we brought you the plight of Chicago RW Jamal Mayers, a career journeyman/fighter that Hockey Hall of Fame writer Al Strachan called the NHL’s most useless player.

Expectedly, Mayers took offense to Strachan’s claim…by ripping him on Twitter.

Unexpectedly, Mayers proved Strachan wrong…by igniting Chicago’s anemic power play.

Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Mayers has been on the ice for every ‘Hawks power-play goal — three in the last four games — since moving to the first unit against Anaheim last Sunday.

That’s a big deal, because prior to scoring against the Ducks, Chicago was 0-for-39 with the man advantage.

Yeah. Scoreless in 39 attempts. Pretty bad.

Following the Ducks game, Mayers registered a PP assist in a 2-1 win over Ottawa and provided a great screen on Patrick Sharp‘s PP tally in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Detroit. The unlikely promotion to the first unit — Mayers averages all of nine power-play seconds per game this year — make ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville look like a genius.

‘‘That’s the type of goal we have to score,’’ Quenneville said of Mayers’ screen. ‘‘You don’t want to look for pretty plays. Let’s get pucks and traffic and get a nice bounce here or there.’’

Mayers humbly explained how he revived Chicago’s flatlined PP.

‘‘If I can go in there, get in front of the net, create some havoc, score some goals and win the games, that’s what I want to do,’’ he said.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Maybe strachans the most useless reporter, although I would argue Adrian dater beats him out in that category.

    • zach28 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      that or damien cox and steve simmons, both morons

    • govtminion - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Nah, Dater gets a mulligan from me for his Avalanche coverage. His league-wide stuff isn’t as good, but his hometown coverage is top-notch.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        I was just disappointed with his recent article calling out pens fans for packing the avalanche stadium and cheering during goals. Instead of writing about what the avs players could of done better he chose to attack pens fans. It was extremely childish.

      • govtminion - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        In the interests of being honest, I admit I didn’t read that one. Sounds like the complaints a lot of folks have about other fan bases- here in D.C. we keep hearing about banning Nationals Park tickets to Phillies fans. At the end of the day, particularly with an arena like the one in Denver, if your place is full of Penguins fans… well, then it’s full of people who paid money to be there, and that helps the team in the long run. The Avs haven’t exactly been a huge draw for fans lately, after all.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        all good points. I probably should read more of his articles and judge him on a whole rather then judging him after one, in my opinion bad article, after a devastating loss for them ( standings wise).

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Doesn’t take much to be a HoF reporter when Al makes it obviously

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