Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire took a look at Mike Green’s trade value from an analytical standpoint:
At even strength, Green is still better than average in generating scoring chances for his teammates, though he’s not as slick of a passer under pressure as he used to be. His main contributions to offence at 5-on-5 are his ability to enter the zone cleanly with the puck, and improve shot quality by completing offensive zone dekes that open up lanes for better passes and shots.
Where Green truly separates himself, though, is on the power play. He is about 80th among defencemen in creating scoring chances at even strength, but on the power play he’s first in the NHL at his position, and sixth overall including forwards. He’s an absolute force on the man advantage.
That little bit of extra space makes all the difference, and Green’s playmaking ability goes from decent to off the charts.
You could argue having a defenceman who’s that involved on your power play reduces the overall shot quality a bit: the Predators were an example of this last season and the Red Wings have the 18th-best power play this season. But on a better team Green would accentuate an already-existing unit and wouldn’t be tasked with running it, — though he could if the team wanted.
Green may not be at his peak anymore, but most teams could use the skill set he adds and the defensive risk associated with him has always been overblown. Assuming you’re not selling off your top prospect to get him, Green is a very attractive option for any team that wants to add offence, especially if they have trouble gaining the zone with control.