Top 200 Cap League Skaters – March 2020

Alexander MacLean

2020-03-25

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

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Here are the top 200 skaters to own in your salary cap league – March 25th version. The Covid19 situation has thrown a real wrench into how I manage the daily updates of these rankings, as well as not allowing for a full transition to next season. The incomplete data is also changing next season's values, as the full season can't be accounted for.

At the moment, this is possibly the final standings update for the 2019-2020 season, as it is seeming less and less likely that we get any more regular season games played, let alone the completion of the season. As a result, take this to be the final picture for the 2019-2020 season. With that in mind, note that new contracts will come into effect starting in the offseason, and this will greatly affect values for next season. Over the next two months I will be working on flipping the rankings over to offseason mode in preparation for the 2020-2021 season. This will likely take more effort that your traditional set of rankings/projections, as all of the contract, extension, and prediction information has to be flipped over to the new season. With next year in mind, the May edition of the rankings will be one to watch out for!

With what little I have gotten to for next season's rankings, I can spoil that Cale Makar is set to edge out Elias Pettersson once the transition to next year's rankings is made.

Standard pre-rankings note:

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.

The assumed league setup is for points-only leagues, with a salary allotment of approximately $73 million per team (10% 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 and production growth.

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. You can find me on Twitter here @alexdmaclean.

I'm not perfect, and the rankings won't be either. Comments help with optimizing the values.

We're sticking with the +/- 5.0 rating that Dobber uses on all of his rating schemes as the range for approximately equivalent value.

All salary info is courtesy of capfriendly. Without further ado, the rankings:

 

Rank Name Pos Cap Hit Yrs Rating
1 Elias Pettersson F $925,000 2 259.92
2 Cale Makar D $880,833 2 239.95
3 Quinn Hughes D $916,666 2 233.29
4 Andrei Svechnikov F $925,000 2 220.31
5 Rasmus Dahlin D $925,000 2 212.27
6 Anthony DeAngelo D $925,000 1 209.64
7 Adam Fox D $925,000 3 195.26
8 Brady Tkachuk F $925,000 2 192.54
9 Miro Heiskanen D $894,166 2 192.40
10 Filip Hronek D $714,166 2 186.78
11 Thomas Chabot D $863,333 1 183.00
12 Robert Thomas F $894,166 2 182.46
13 Mathew Barzal F $863,333 1 178.95
14 Jack Hughes F $925,000 3 175.33
15 Conor Garland F $775,000 2 171.89
16 Nick Suzuki F $863,333 3 169.26
17 Nathan MacKinnon F $6,300,000 4 166.53
18 Alex DeBrincat F $778,333 1 160.10
19 Kaapo Kakko F $925,000 3 159.49
20 Leon Draisaitl F $8,500,000 6 158.43
21 Roman Josi D $4,000,000 1 157.33
22 Martin Necas F $863,333 3 156.07
23 Samuel Girard D $728,333 1 154.67
24 David Pastrnak F $6,666,666 4 154.54
25 John Carlson D $8,000,000 7 152.32
26 Brad Marchand F $6,125,000 6 146.48
27 Mikhail Sergachev D $894,166 1 146.47
28 Jonathan Huberdeau F $5,900,000 4 145.07
29 Erik Gustafsson D $1,200,000 1 139.45
30 Nikita Kucherov F $9,500,000 8 138.80
31 Neal Pionk D $3,000,000 2 138.27
32 Mika Zibanejad F $5,350,000 3 138.08
33 Pierre-Luc Dubois F $894,166 1 137.77
34 Kailer Yamamoto F $894,166 2 137.23
35 Kirby Dach F $925,000 3 136.47
36 Devon Toews D $700,000 1 136.27
37 Dylan Strome F $863,333 1 132.96
38 Sam Steel F $863,333 2 132.65
39 Connor McDavid F $12,500,000 7 132.26
40 Mark Scheifele F $6,125,000 5 132.19
41 Sean Couturier F $4,333,333 3 130.56
42 Clayton Keller F $885,833 1 129.70
43 Torey Krug D $5,250,000 1 128.24
44 Aleksander Barkov F $5,900,000 3 127.35
45 Joel Farabee F $925,000 3 126.21
46 Anthony Cirelli F $728,333 1 125.56
47 Kevin Fiala F $3,000,000 2 124.54
48 Victor Hedman D $7,875,000 6 124.35
49 Barrett Hayton F $894,167 3 124.07
50 Morgan Frost F $863,333 3 124.06
51 J.T. Miller F $5,250,000 4 123.67
52 Vince Dunn D $722,500 1 122.34
53 Brad Hunt D $700,000 2 121.90
54 Noah Dobson D $894,167 3 121.42
55 Ryan Pulock D $2,000,000 1 121.41
56 Shea Theodore D $5,200,000 6 121.35
57 Teuvo Teravainen F $5,400,000 5 120.36
58 Adam Boqvist D $894,167 3 120.17
59 Jakub Vrana F $3,350,000 2 120.05
60 Jason Robertson F $795,000 3 119.70
61 Filip Chytil F $894,166 2 119.39
62 Zach Werenski D $5,000,000 3 119.22
63 Johnny Gaudreau F $6,750,000 3 118.44
64 Trevor Zegras F $0 0 118.41
65 Brayden Point F $6,750,000 3 118.07
66 Henri Jokiharju D $925,000 2 118.01
67 Drake Batherson F $736,666 2 117.70
68 Alex Pietrangelo D $6,500,000 1 117.51
69 Artemi Panarin F $11,642,857 7 117.43
70 Cody Glass F $863,333 3 117.13
71 Bryan Rust F $3,500,000 3 117.02
72 David Perron F $4,000,000 3 116.62
73 Patrick Kane F $10,500,000 4 116.57
74 Morgan Rielly D $5,000,000 3 116.39
75 Elias Lindholm F $4,850,000 5 116.38
76 John Klingberg D $4,250,000 3 116.27
77 Matt Roy D $700,000 2 116.20
78 Dennis Cholowski D $894,166 2 116.04
79 Kirill Kaprizov F $0 0 115.99
80 Filip Zadina F $894,167 3 115.77
81 Max Comtois F $820,000 2 115.29
82 Dougie Hamilton D $5,750,000 2 115.17
83 Ryan Graves D $735,000 1 114.34
84 Anthony Beauvillier F $2,100,000 2 114.18
85 Phillip Danault F $3,083,333 2 114.10
86 Nico Hischier F $925,000 1 113.83
87 Jordan Kyrou F $758,333 2 113.75
88 Erik Brannstrom D $863,333 3 113.15
89 Kyle Connor F $7,142,857 7 113.12
90 Rasmus Sandin D $894,167 3 113.02
91 Tyler Bertuzzi F $1,400,000 1 112.90
92 Jesperi Kotkaniemi F $925,000 2 112.25
93 Taylor Hall F $6,000,000 1 111.95
94 Jesper Bratt F $749,167 1 111.76
95 Travis Konecny F $5,500,000 6 111.74
96 Barclay Goodrow F $925,000 2 111.65
97 Oliver Bjorkstrand F $2,500,000 2 111.12
98 Jack Eichel F $10,000,000 7 111.06
99 Keith Yandle D $6,350,000 4 110.90
100 Kevin Labanc F $1,000,000 1 110.83
101 Rasmus Andersson D $755,833 1 109.91
102 Pavel Buchnevich F $3,250,000 2 109.66
103 Mattias Ekholm D $3,750,000 3 109.61
104 Steven Stamkos F $8,500,000 5 108.92
105 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins F $6,000,000 2 108.46
106 Alex Turcotte F $0 0 108.40
107 Alex Iafallo F $2,425,000 2 108.33
108 Emil Bemstrom F $925,000 3 107.90
109 Kevin Shattenkirk D $1,750,000 1 107.31
110 Marcus Pettersson D $874,125 1 107.31
111 Peyton Krebs F $925,000 3 107.24
112 Zach Hyman F $2,250,000 2 107.24
113 Tyson Barrie D $5,500,000 1 107.01
114 Kris Letang D $7,250,000 3 106.72
115 Josh Mahura D $745,000 2 106.63
116 Roope Hintz F $811,667 1 106.62
117 Teddy Blueger F $750,000 2 106.17
118 Jake DeBrusk F $863,333 1 105.91
119 Eric Staal F $3,250,000 2 105.91
120 Darnell Nurse D $3,200,000 1 105.85
121 Carl Grundstrom F $925,000 1 105.85
122 Matthew Tkachuk F $7,000,000 3 105.31
123 Sebastian Aho F $8,454,000 5 105.09
124 Brent Burns D $8,000,000 6 105.01
125 Oscar Klefbom D $4,167,000 4 104.83
126 Ryan Ellis D $6,250,000 8 104.70
127 Oliver Wahlstrom F $925,000 3 104.70
128 Patrik Laine F $6,750,000 2 104.49
129 Caleb Jones D $720,000 1 103.89
130 Taro Hirose F $925,000 1 103.70
131 Joel Eriksson Ek F $1,487,500 2 103.53
132 Auston Matthews F $11,634,000 5 103.32
133 Blake Coleman F $1,800,000 2 103.14
134 Dylan Larkin F $6,100,000 4 103.07
135 Brendan Gallagher F $3,750,000 2 102.99
136 Sean Walker D $745,000 1 102.64
137 Corey Perry F $1,500,000 1 102.44
138 Zach Sanford F $1,500,000 2 102.16
139 Josh Morrissey D $3,150,000 1 101.78
140 Blake Wheeler F $8,250,000 5 101.59
141 Nikolaj Ehlers F $6,000,000 6 101.35
142 Rickard Rakell F $3,789,444 3 100.94
143 Seth Jones D $5,400,000 3 100.49
144 Jeff Petry D $5,500,000 2 100.35
145 Reilly Smith F $5,000,000 3 100.12
146 Rudolfs Balcers F $759,167 1 99.98
147 Jake Guentzel F $6,000,000 5 99.95
148 Conor Timmins D $925,000 2 99.80
149 Mitch Marner F $10,893,000 6 99.79
150 Evgeni Malkin F $9,500,000 3 99.77
151 Jonathan Marchessault F $5,000,000 5 99.66
152 Mike Hoffman F $5,187,500 1 99.39
153 Rasmus Ristolainen D $5,400,000 3 99.38
154 Bo Horvat F $5,500,000 4 99.38
155 Sam Reinhart F $3,650,000 1 99.36
156 Ryan O’Reilly F $7,500,000 4 99.14
157 Gabriel Landeskog F $5,571,429 2 98.98
158 Sean Monahan F $6,375,000 4 98.88
159 Brayden Schenn F $5,125,000 1 98.77
160 Philip Broberg D $925,000 3 98.76
161 Travis Sanheim D $3,250,000 2 98.72
162 Michael Amadio F $700,000 2 98.54
163 Arthur Kaliyev F $0 0 98.48
164 Jaden Schwartz F $5,350,000 2 98.42
165 Ryan Strome F $3,100,000 1 98.29
166 Jaccob Slavin D $5,300,000 6 98.24
167 Damon Severson D $4,166,666 4 98.01
168 Tomas Tatar F $5,300,000 1 97.54
169 Charlie McAvoy D $4,900,000 3 97.54
170 Dillon Dube F $778,333 2 97.06
171 Max Domi F $3,150,000 1 97.02
172 Victor Olofsson F $767,500 1 96.68
173 Aaron Ekblad D $7,500,000 6 96.23
174 Calle Jarnkrok F $2,000,000 3 95.98
175 Matthew Boldy F $0 0 95.76
176 William Nylander F $6,962,366 5 95.67
177 Sidney Crosby F $8,700,000 6 96.71
178 Andrew Mangiapane F $715,000 1 95.52
179 Brock Boeser F $5,875,000 3 95.42
180 Alex Ovechkin F $9,538,462 2 95.01
181 Max Jones F $863,333 2 94.98
182 Adrian Kempe F $2,000,000 3 94.87
183 Anthony Mantha F $3,300,000 1 94.86
184 Max Pacioretty F $7,000,000 4 94.85
185 Erik Karlsson D $11,500,000 8 94.22
186 Timo Meier F $6,000,000 4 94.00
187 Frank Vatrano F $2,533,333 3 93.78
188 Rocco Grimaldi F $1,000,000 1 93.71
189 Brett Howden F $863,333 2 93.59
190 Ivan Barbashev F $1,475,000 2 93.57
191 Patrice Bergeron F $6,875,000 3 93.24
192 Evgenii Dadonov F $4,000,000 1 93.18
193 Filip Forsberg F $6,000,000 3 93.10
194 Evan Bouchard D $894,167 3 93.02
195 Claude Giroux F $8,275,000 3 92.89
196 Pavel Zacha F $2,250,000 3 92.77
197 Juuso Valimaki D $894,166 2 92.58
198 Bowen Byram D $925,000 3 92.45
199 Erik Haula F $2,750,000 1 92.31
200 Mark Stone F $9,500,000 8 92.20

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
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