A new study on the season so far shows that Mikko Rantanen is the best value-for-money forward in the NHL. In other Avalanche news, they’ve gone on a signing spree with college free agents.
And in San Jose, Martin Kaut has been producing quite well for the Sharks in his short time there, and is getting a fair bit of ice time.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Quite the busy 36 hours for the Avalanche. First, they signed the leading goal scorer in the NCAA, Jason Polin.
Then, they signed first team all-ECAC defenseman Sam Malinski.
They weren’t done just yet. Later in the day on Thursday, they signed defensive center Ondrej Pavel.
A study done by CanadaSportsBetting.ca shows that Rantanen, making a $6,000,000 salary this year, is currently the best value-for-money forward among the top 100 highest-paid forwards in the NHL.
While Rantanen’s cap hit remains $9,250,000, his contract was structured to where the salary drops to $6,000,000 in year four (the current year) and the final year, year six. So the Avalanche are getting quite a bit for what they’re paying him. Here’s some more on just how much value they’re getting.
“In the 73 games he has played this season, Rantanen has scored 48 goals and provided 40 assists to his teammates. With an average salary of $6,000,000, each goal cost his team $125,000, and each assists cost $3,125. In other words, for every goal and assist Rantanen contributes, the Colorado Avalanche spent a combined total of $128,125, making him an outstanding value when compared to other high earners.”
Around the NHL
SHN: Remember Martin Kaut? He’s back up with the San Jose Sharks, and they’re using him a fair bit. In the Sharks overtime win on Thursday, Kaut picked up another assist, and is up to five points in nine games. Who knows if he’ll keep it going, but he needed the change of scenery, and so far, it seems to be paying off.
MHN: First NHL game, first NHL shot, and first NHL goal for Canadiens forward Sean Farrell.