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” players at each position this year…
Paul Stastny – $850,000
Unbelievable bargain here. Stastny should be a top-20 scorer for at least 10 of the next 15 years and he is still on his entry-level deal. You’ll note that most of the deals on my All-Fantasy team are players on entry-level contracts.
Anze Kopitar – $955, 867
Kopitar strikes me as the type of player who will linger in that 70- to 75-point range for a few years before exploding for 90 or more in his late 20s. Still, 75 points for less than a million dollars is something you won’t find often.
David Krejci – $883,333
One of the most underrated players in the NHL, Krejci reaches above and beyond no matter what line he is on or what ice time he is given. Coach Claude Julien has noticed Krejci’s play and bumped up his ice time significantly.
Brandon Dubinsky – $633,333
He’s off to a hot start and has proven he can put up points without Jaromir Jagr (making me look bad in the process). He will cool off, but should still get past the 60-point mark with an upside for more.
Honorable mentions: Evgeni Malkin ($3,834,200), Henrik Zetterberg ($2,650,000), Bryan Little ($900,000)
Duncan Keith – $1,475,000
He will give you excellent plus-minus numbers and should reach 40 points to boot. He also gives you a decent amount of penalty minutes.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – $1,100,000
He’s off to a great start and it looks as though his breakout season will come a few years earlier than expected, thanks to new coach Todd McLellan’s “shoot from everywhere” philosophy, which plays right into Vlasic’s skill set.
Mike Komisarek – $1,700,000
The Habs rearguard will get 20 to 25 points and should be among the league leaders in plus-minus. Most of all, Komisarek will post more than 100 penalty minutes. That’s a good deal for multi-category leagues.
Braydon Coburn – $1,300,000
The Philly youngster will improve on his career high in points (36) and penalty minutes (74) and will be well into the positive in plus-minus.
Denis Grebeshkov – $1,500,000
Now that he is seeing more ice time and responsibility, he should easily get 30 points and 70 penalty minutes. He’s off to a great start and could potentially push those numbers to 40 and 80.
Keith Yandle – $850,000
Ignore his plus-minus because it won’t be good, but in leagues that don’t count that statistic you’ll love the 40 points he’ll bring at such a cheap price.
Honorable mentions: Paul Ranger ($933,333), Shane O’Brien ($950,000), Kris Letang ($835,000)
We’ll round out the roster in Tuesday’s FPL.
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