Capped: Turnaround Candidates on Bargain Contracts

Alexander MacLean

2018-12-13

 

After the hockey world has focused on the Leafs for the last little while with the William Nylander signing, let’s let them have another 30 seconds before looking elsewhere.

Jake Gardiner is almost assuredly going to be starting next season elsewhere, as left-shot defenceman Calle Rosen just signed a two-year extension on a one-way contract. Add that on to the existing lefties Morgan Rielly, Travis Dermott, and Justin Holl, and there’s just no room for Gardiner (let alone fitting him under the cap – discussed last week). Expect Gardiner’s cap hit to jump into the realm of Kevin Shattenkirk next summer, so this may be the best time to sell. Rosen could be a solid contributor in deep leagues next season (similar to Dermott this year).

 

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With most teams having hit the 30-game mark at this point, it seems like a good time to review some performances from the first few months of the season.

 

Dougie Hamilton (D) – Carolina Hurricanes

Cap Hit: $5,750,000 (Three years remaining)

Hamilton is someone that got covered around this time last year for a very similar reason. Here’s what was said on December 7th, 2017:

Dougie Hamilton is a notoriously slow starter. Let’s take a look at his stats month by month:

 

 

That’s a pretty incredible jump towards the latter half of the season, especially looking at the points-per-game (P/GP) paces on a month by month basis. Right around the first of December is where he starts to turn things around. Hopefully this article isn’t coming out too late for you to get in on his stock before it shoots up once again. Even at this point in the year, he is on pace for 261 shots, whi