Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

Comparing the Top 50 Scorers as of yesterday, the cost-per-production chart looks a little something like this:

Player Goals / Cap Hit Assists / Cap Hit Points / Cap Hit
Anze Kopitar $485,714.29 $377,777.78 $212,500.00
Joe Thornton $1,200,000.00 $300,000.00 $240,000.00
Marian Gaborik $500,000.00 $625,000.00 $277,777.78
Zach Parise $240,384.62 $240,384.62 $120,192.31
Dany Heatley $441,176.47 $833,333.33 $288,461.54
Patrick Marleau $450,000.00 $525,000.00 $242,307.69
Corey Perry $409,615.38 $409,615.38 $204,807.69
Rick Nash $385,714.29 $490,909.09 $216,000.00
Ryan Getzlaf $1,775,000.00 $242,045.45 $213,000.00
Henrik Zetterberg $675,925.89 $405,555.53 $253,472.21
Henrik Sedin $469,230.77 $554,545.45 $254,166.67
Alex Ovechkin $635,897.47 $1,059,829.11 $397,435.92
Ryan Smyth $694,444.44 $446,428.57 $271,739.13
Dustin Penner $354,166.67 $386,363.64 $184,782.61
Rich Peverley $60,937.50 $32,500.00 $21,195.65
Nicklas Backstrom $600,000.00 $126,315.79 $104,347.83
Steven Stamkos $266,071.43 $465,625.00 $169,318.18
Tomas Kaberle $2,125,000.00 $212,500.00 $193,181.82
James Neal $74,697.00 $74,697.00 $37,348.50
Mike Green $1,750,000.00 $276,315.79 $238,636.36
Brad Richards $1,300,000.00 $487,500.00 $354,545.45
Vaclav Prospal $230,000.00 $71,875.00 $54,761.90
Rene Bourque $192,857.14 $96,428.57 $64,285.71
Ilya Kovalchuk $491,484.62 $798,662.50 $304,252.38
Dan Boyle $1,666,666.75 $392,156.88 $317,460.33
Tomas Plekanec $550,000.00 $171,875.00 $130,952.38
Mikko Koivu $541,666.67 $216,666.67 $154,761.90
Sidney Crosby $870,000.00 $790,909.09 $414,285.71
Ryan Malone $375,000.00 $500,000.00 $214,285.71
Ales Hemsky $683,333.33 $273,333.33 $195,238.10
Patrick Kane $465,625.00 $286,538.46 $177,380.95
Daniel Alfredsson $812,500.00 $348,214.29 $243,750.00
Paul Stastny $1,650,000.00 $412,500.00 $330,000.00
Wojtek Wolski $311,111.11 $254,545.45 $140,000.00
Brooks Laich $229,629.67 $187,878.82 $103,333.35
Martin St. Louis $1,050,000.00 $350,000.00 $262,500.00
Ryan Kesler $350,000.00 $125,000.00 $92,105.26
Travis Zajac $646,250.00 $298,269.23 $204,078.95
Mike Fisher $466,666.67 $420,000.00 $221,052.63
John Tavares $416,666.67 $375,000.00 $197,368.42
Maxim Afinogenov $100,000.00 $72,727.27 $42,105.26
Jarome Iginla $583,333.33 $1,000,000.00 $368,421.05
Jeff Carter $714,285.71 $416,666.67 $263,157.89
Mike Richards $638,888.89 $575,000.00 $302,631.58
Vincent Lecavalier $1,931,818.25 $551,948.07 $429,292.94
Drew Doughty $695,000.00 $267,307.69 $193,055.56
James van Riemsdyk $275,694.50 $137,847.25 $91,898.17
Jarret Stoll $514,285.71 $327,272.73 $200,000.00
Michael Cammalleri $666,666.67 $666,666.67 $333,333.33
Duncan Keith $295,000.00 $113,461.54 $81,944.44

Definitely some good bargains in the lot. If you play in a league that counts salary then this chart should help with your team’s cap.  Keith, Bourque, Parise and Backstrom all seem to be great bargains but no one is quite comparable to Peverley.

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