Capped: Cheap Goals

Chris Pudsey


Looking at the four cheapest goal-scorers for your salary cap league.

Maybe it’s just me but it seems I am always scrambling to find good goal scorers for my rosters; let alone cheap ones. It doesn’t matter if you are in a H2H, roto or points format league, they are simply hard to find and when you do find them, you treasure them like gold. 


In this week’s Capped, we will take a look at some of the league’s best goal scorers per million dollars at this point in the season. In my research, I was simply looking at the cap hit to the team, not the player’s annual overall salary (which would include performance bonuses). Their value is ranked in goals per million (I divided their salary into the amount of goals they have scored) for clarity purposes.



1.  Nikita Kucherov – TB – 21 goals, $711,606 cap hit. Value – 2.95


I did this similar column around this time last year, and last year Kucherov was the best bang for the buck goal-scorer in the NHL as well. The kid is simply electric and it doesn’t matter who he’s playing with. Last year it was all about the big second line for the Lightning, which consisted of Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. This year that line just hasn’t been the same, mainly due to injuries to both of Kucherov’s former line mates, but that hasn’t affected Kucherov’s ability to snipe. He’s still just as deadly this year as he was last year, and is currently sitting at 21 goals on the year. Unfortunately for Steve Yzerman and the Lightning, this is the last year for Kucherov and his current bargain price tag. He’s about to get paid.


2.  Vincent Trocheck – FLA – 15goals, $661,667 cap hit. Value – 2.26


Trocheck has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise for the up-surging Panthers this season.  He has matched his games played from last year (50GP) but his improvements on the offensive side is dramatic; last year in 50GP he had a total of seven goals while he’s currently at 15 goals in 50GP this season. He’s on pace for close to 25 goals and considering he’s in the last year of his entry-level contract, it couldn’t have come at a better time. 


3. Artemi Panarin – CHI – 18 goals, $812,500 cap hit.  Value – 2.21