Welcome to the new readers this season, and to the old ones, welcome back! Last week we went over a few slow starters, so this week we’re going to flip it around and take a look at some players getting off to hot starts. As was the case in the Capped article from two weeks ago, I’m going to tell you not to overreact either way.
First off, I would like to point out a little feature of the Frozen Tools report generator, the cost-per-point list. Now it’s not a perfect tool for evaluating talent, as we have to deal with acquisition cost, expectations, position, entry-level contracts, and other variables, but it does help sort out some of the more valuable players that you can find in cap leagues. For example, you have to go down more than 40 spots on the list before you find someone making more than $2 million (it’s Morgan Rielly at $5 million). Let’s take a look at some of the top bang-for-your-buck options now.
Alex DeBrincat – Chicago Blackhawks
Cost per point: $99,352
DeBrincat has put up some ridiculous numbers as a sophomore this year. Nine points in six games is something that won’t keep up, but that doesn’t mean he can’t finish the season as a point-per game player. The last time we had this great of a bargain on our hands out of the Windy city, it was Artemi Panarin. Panarin has since been paid, and then shipped out of town for Brandon Saad (the main resident of Joel Quenneville’s doghouse). Should Saad be shipped out again, (or has his contract come of the Blackhawk books some other way) then we could have the room for Debrincat’s extension. The wonderful thing is that Debrincat still has two years left on his deal, so we get to enjoy the excellent point-per-dollar production for now.
Maxime Lajoie and Thomas Chabot – Ottawa Senators
Cost per point: $104,286 & $152,917
These Sens defencemen are second and fifth respectively in cost-per-point. No one expected Ottawa or its blue liners to get off to this kind of solid start sans Erik Karlsson. It is real. It is very real, especially for the stud youngster Chabot. As we learned with the Vegas Golden Knights last season, one of the biggest pre-cursors to production is being given the opportunity. Who knows how