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