THN’s annual Bucks and Pucks issue is out, so that makes it the perfect time to review and pick out the players who will give you the most bang for their buck.
Many fantasy leagues have a salary restriction of some sort and usually model themselves after a player’s actual salary. The numbers listed were pulled from nhlscap.com.
Here are some of the best “cheap” wingers and goalies (see centers and defensemen in Part 1) this year…
Jason Pominville - $1,033,333
You will be hard-pressed to find a point-per-game winger who barely makes a million dollars (at least for this year) other than Pominville.
Nik Antropov - $2,050,000
It looks like a bargain now, but remember the hoopla in Toronto when he signed this contract just more than a year ago? He’ll get 60 points this year – more if he can play at least 70 games, which he has twice in his eight-year career.
Nikolai Zherdev - $2,500,000
He’s an elite talent, so his upside is through the roof. Even if he never reaches his vast potential, he should still regularly post 70-point seasons going forward.
Jakub Voracek - $1,270,833
The rookie is playing 11-12 minutes per game, but is still putting up numbers. He should easily get to 60 points this year and if head coach Ken Hitchcock ever gives him first-line minutes he’ll score even more.
Kris Versteeg - $491,667
Versteeg, a center and/or a winger, is a smallish player who has 70-point upside and is getting the chance to show it. At times he has played with Patrick Kane and other times with Martin Havlat, but he is the type who will produce reasonable numbers even if he slips to the third line. Versteeg also has an upside in the PIM category. For now, he’s still a sleeper – but poolies are starting to wakeup to what he’s doing.
Loui Eriksson - $1,600,000
He’s streaky and hasn’t solidified a spot on the first line yet, but even if he is off the Mike Ribeiro-Brenden Morrow line, Eriksson will tally 50 points. If he’s on it, you can expect 60 or more.
Daniel Carcillo - $893,750
Forget the slow start, this elite agitator will still get you 30 points and 200 penalty minutes if he can stay healthy for 75 games.
Devin Setoguchi - $1,246,667
He’ll cool off. Setoguchi has shown himself to be quite a streaky scorer in his young career. However, there is no reason why he can’t post 50 points this season. He has an upside for more if his streaks become longer and more frequent.
Honorable mentions: Petr Sykora ($2,500,000), Teemu Selanne ($2,625,000), Sergei Kostitsyn ($816,667)
Tim Thomas - $1,100,000
Underrated in fantasy circles and underpaid in NHL circles. Thomas is constantly forced to prove himself – and he always does. It seems the Bruins are always bringing in a new goaltender to be their “starter,” only to have Thomas take the job back. Right now he is rotating with Manny Fernandez, but Thomas’s numbers are far superior and he will eventually play 55 games this year.
Mathieu Garon - $1,100,000
He should play 55 games in Edmonton – when they trade Dwayne Roloson, which will likely happen given their current three-goalie situation.
Honorable mentions: Michael Leighton ($600,000), Mike Smith ($950,000)
All-Fantasy Salary Cap Team
Total cap hit: $24,533,783
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