Here are the 10 best contracts in (fantasy) hockey…
Last week, we looked at the worst contracts in the NHL. This week, I decided to go in the other direction, and focus on players who bring a lot to the fantasy table for relatively good cap hits.
As mentioned before, one of the keys to being a successful cap league manager is to get players who have great cap hits and contribute in a lot of different areas.
To make this a bit easier, I decided I wouldn't include any entry level deals, and I'm going to use cap hits for next season, so some free agents and restricted free agents have not been considered for this list.
I'm also focusing on guys whose cap hit are more of a surprise. Sure, pretty much everyone knows John Tavares has a great cap hit at $5.5 million, or Crosby can be a steal at his cap hit depending on your settings. But for the most part, I tried to stay away from the superstars.
By the way, if you owned every guy on this list for next year, your team cap hit would be around $28.15 million, an average of $2.8 million per player. And you would be in contention to win almost every category in your league.
10. Martin Hanzal
Hanzal is one of those sneaky guys who will secretly win you fantasy hockey championships. He brings a lot to the table, scoring 15 goals, 25 assists, 73 penalty minutes, five power play goals and two game-winning goals. He's also one of the best faceoff guys in the league, with a 54.5 winning percentage. That's a bargain at $3.1 million.
9. Bryan Little
Little is one of the more underrated fantasy performers. Lost among the buzz of Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler, Little has quietly turned himself into a top-line player capable of putting up decent fantasy numbers. He just had a career year, but owners have been seeing a steady increase in fantasy numbers for a few years. This year, Little had 23 goals and 64 points, a plus-eight (one of the best on the team), eight power play goals, two shorthanded goals and 58 penalty minutes. And somehow, five players on the Jets make more than Little's $4.7 million.
8. Braden Holtby
Holtby struggled at times this season an