Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Who's been the NHL's best buy?

Just past the third-quarter mark of the 2006-07 season, who has been the league's best bargain in terms of points per dollar?

Andrew Brunette, Kevin Bieksa and Cam Ward take the honour, at least so far.

As I mention in this post, the Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres lead the way with five players apiece among the Top 60 listed there. I'm not sure how strong, exactly, the correlation between that and their position in the standings is, but you have to believe it has something to do with it.

(Sheldon Souray should be in the No. 20 slot for defencemen.)

UPDATE Here are the full lists based on the criteria mentioned.


At 11:15 AM, March 07, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

The problem with these lists (and one of my pet peeves) is that not all contracts are created equal. The top of these lists are populated by entry-level contracts. Give a guy like Vanek the same contract negotiating leverage accorded a veteran, and he'd surely drop a few spots on the list.

Restrict the list to UFA and RFA contracts, and we'd see how impressive the seasons turned in by Brunette, Whitney, and Huselius (to name a few) really are.

To me, this list points out that the most important skill of a GM in a salary-cap world is not who's the best "bargain hunter", but who's the best at identifying and acquiring entry-level talent. Once you do that, the bargains fall into your lap.

At 11:56 AM, March 07, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'm actually surprised how few players on the list are entry-level guys. That Brunette is a better bargain than all of them is startling.

I'll try and post the entire list on a spreadsheet later today.

At 4:52 PM, March 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now there an approach I had never thought about. Interesting stuff.

Good work, I like reading your blog.

Cheers all the way from Portugal

At 7:53 PM, March 07, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

Interesting stuff. It gives a little more context to the question "is Ryan Smyth worth $5.5 million?". $5.5 million would rank him tied for 80th (out of 87) with Elias and Gomez.

Also, does having two of the "worst buys" still make Lamoriello the 2nd best GM in the game?


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