Top 200 Players for Salary Cap Leagues – September 2019

Alexander MacLean


The Salary Cap League Rankings are here! All of the top 200 skaters.


Welcome to the initial set of the top 200 skaters to own in your salary cap league. Well, for a salary league that hopefully closely resembles yours.


This isn’t meant to be a be-all and end-all rating system for you to use without thinking and just trade your players for anyone above them on the list that you can find, but used with some foresight for managing salaries, I’m hoping that the list can help you mine value in trades, and at the draft table.


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The assumed league setup is for points-only keeper leagues, with a salary allotment of approximately $73 million per team (10.5% of the NHL’s $81.5 million being allocated for goalies), for 12 forwards and six defencemen per roster, amongst a range from eight to 14 teams (completely covered by the top 200 list). Cap hit is used for the player cost, so if your league uses salary or AAV, please account for that, as it can greatly change the impact of rookies. The rankings are set up so as to provide the most value in the current season, while providing some value in future years, based on modeling for predicted salary increases.


For those of you with variations from this setup, whether in terms of number of teams, salary space, roster positions, or scoring categories, you can make your own personal tweaks to move players up or down as necessary. This list is made to be a baseline guide for player evaluation, and to promote discussion and understanding of how to optimize rosters in a cap league setting.


If you note a mistake, or have any further questions about the ranking system, please let me know. I’m not perfect, and it’s unlikely the rankings will be off the start. Tomorrow’s Capped article will be focused on some discussion points around these rankings as well.


Until I finalize some of the numbers in the system, we’ll stick to the +/- 5.0 rating that Dobber uses on all of his rating schemes as the range for approximately equivalent value.


Without further ado, the rankings: