Best bargains among the top 43 scorers

-11.27.2011 2:24pm

We mentioned in the Montreal recap that Pascal Dupuis has to be one of the best bargains in terms of salary:production.  So we decided to put our spare time where our balls are and calculate how much money guys are making per point so far this season. We used the cap hits from and the scoring leaderboard.   All we did was take the player's cap hit and divide it by their points so far this season. Technically, since we're about a quarter of the way through the season already, just divide the following dollar amounts by 4 to get a more financially reasonable number.  It's still a ratio.

Basically, Ray Shero is a monster and the Panthers are getting their money's worth.  Read more for the whole list…


Top 43 scorers in the league:
Phil Kessel – $180,00 per point
Claude Giroux – $129,310
Joffrey Lupul – $157,407
Thomas Vanek – $274,725
Kris Versteeg – $118,589
Jonathan Toews – $252,000
Jason Pominville – $212,000
Nicklas Backstrom – $268,000
Daniel Sedin – $244,000
Steven Stamkos – $312,500
Ryan Smyth – $260,416
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – $157,291
Anze Kopitar – $283,333
Henrik Sedin – $254,166
James Neal – $125,000
Tyler Seguin – $154,247
Tomas Fleischmann – $195,652
Marian Hossa – $229,347
*Jordan Eberle – $50,362
Patrick Kane – $273,913
*Jamie Benn – $35,724
Patrick Sharp – $177,272
Johan Franzen – $179,752
Evgeni Malkin – $395,444
Stephen Weiss – $140,909
*Jeff Skinner – $66,666
Teemu Selanne – $190,476
Joe Thornton – $333,333
Joe Pavelski – $200,000
Loui Eriksson – $212,500
Patrick Marleau – $345,000
Patrick Elias – $300,000
Jason Spezza – $350,000
Tomas Plekanec – $250,000
Radim Vrbata – $157,894
Max Pacioretty – $85,526
Mike Richards – $302,631
Scott Hartnell – $221,052
Valtteri Filppula – $157,894
Martin St. Louis – $296,052
Vinny Prospal – $131,578
Pavel Datsyuk – $352,631
Pascal Dupuis – $78,947

How to read these numbers.  We placed asterisks on Benn, Skinner, and Eberle, since they are on entry-level contracts and we're pretty much stripping them from our rankings.  Granted, they definitely are bargains for their teams, but we're looking at veterans.  So, after doing that, here are the best bargains among the top 43 scorers in the league as of Sunday afternoon:
Pascal Dupuis – $78,947
Max Pacioretty – $85,526
Kris Versteeg – $118,589
James Neal – $125,000
Claude Giroux – $129,310

Not stopping there.  Check out the other 4 guys with Pascal Dupuis in that short list.  You immediately think offense when you see their names, so we figured they probably get a chunk of their production on the power play.  Nothing wrong with that.  Production is production.  But Dupuis' point production — 17 of his points coming during even strength while not exactly playing with top-level talent before Sid came back — is amazing.
Pacioretty averages 3:24 PP time per game and has scored 3 PP points.
Versteeg averages 4:20 PP time per game and has scored 9 PP points.
Neal averages 4:34 PP time per game and has scored 9 PP points.
Giroux plays with JJ, averages 4:01 PP time per game and has scored 11 PP points.
Dupuis averages 0:29 PP time per game and actually has 1 PP point.
Basically, this is no contest.  Dupuis runs away with this. 
UPDATE: Via Mike Colligan, when looking at points per 60 minutes, the only other player generating more offense with worse linemates is Jeff Skinner.  And as we mentioned before, Skinner's on that entry-level contract.  Dupuis is a beast.

Malkin's number is the biggest on this list, and that just means he's not exactly the best bargain in terms of top scorers in the NHL  Malkin's missed a handful of games, too.  Just take a peek at Ovechkin's number of $561,086 to see what we mean.  Then look at Eric Staal's number.  Maybe Getzlaf's number.  Maybe Zetterberg's
By the way, Crosby's current pace of 2 points per game puts his number at $53,048.  Get real.