Top 200 Cap League Skaters – May 2020

Alexander MacLean

2020-05-25

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 – May 25th edition. As mentioned in the last rankings set, Cale Makar has indeed surpassed Elias Pettersson for the pole position. We have a surprise defenceman cracking the top five, and two 2021 Calder candidates cracking the top 20. On the flip side, new contracts for Matthew Barzal, Thomas Chabot, and others, really affect their value.

Behind the scenes, 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 for the 2019-2020 season is also changing next year's values, as the full season can't be accounted for. In addition, since the end of the regular season around the last time these rankings were published, we have to look forward to next year for cap league pools, and so these rankings are already set up for the fall. Age, contracts, points projections, upside, and more are all accounted for as though we were right on the precipice of starting a new season. With these updated to that point, hopefully you can really get a jump on planning for your cap-league offseasons.

With that in mind, note that new contracts will be signed in the offseason, and this will greatly affect values for next season. In the next two months before the July update I will be working on tweaking the projections and other stats used for the rankings, while updating when signings, draft picks, or trades occur.

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. Click any player name to be taken to their Frozen Tools player profile for further analysis. Without further ado, the rankings:

Rank Name Pos Cap Hit Yrs Rating
1 Cale Makar D $880,833 1 286.65
2 Elias Pettersson F $925,000 1 275.71
3 Quinn Hughes D $916,666 1 274.93
4 Andrei Svechnikov F $925,000 1 239.86
5 Adam Fox D $925,000 2 230.47
6 Rasmus Dahlin D $925,000 1 226.01
7 Leon Draisaitl F $8,500,000 5 206.14
8 Nathan MacKinnon F $6,300,000 3 202.24
9 Nick Suzuki F $863,333 2 196.52
10 David Pastrnak F $6,666,666 3 193.33
11 Miro Heiskanen D $894,166 1 189.18
12 Filip Hronek D $714,166 1 189.14
13 John Carlson D $8,000,000 6 187.79
14 Alexis Lafreniere F $0 0 179.73
15 Martin Necas F $863,333 2 176.41
16 Mika Zibanejad F $5,350,000 2 174.37
17 Jack Hughes F $925,000 2 173.32
18 Kirill Kaprizov F $0 0 170.21
19 Brad Marchand F $6,125,000 5 168.76
20 Kaapo Kakko F $925,000 2 168.46
21 Jonathan Huberdeau F $5,900,000 3 168.33
22 Brady Tkachuk F $925,000 1 165.65
23 Conor Garland F $775,000 1 163.13
24 Connor McDavid F $12,500,000 6 162.67
25 Robert Thomas F $894,166 1 161.74
26 Neal Pionk D $3,000,000 1 161.65
27 Nikita Kucherov F $9,500,000 7 160.04
28 Roman Josi D $9,059,000 8 156.87
29 J.T. Miller F $5,250,000 3 152.27
30 John Marino D $925,000 1 151.99
31 Mark Scheifele F $6,125,000 4 151.82
32 Quinton Byfield F $0 0 149.04
33 Artemi Panarin F $11,642,857 6 148.96
34 Victor Hedman D $7,875,000 5 145.49
35 Kirby Dach F $925,000 2 145.44
36 Bryan Rust F $3,500,000 2 142.89
37 Anthony DeAngelo D $0 0 142.48
38 Sean Couturier F $4,333,333 2 142.01
39 Aleksander Barkov F $5,900,000 2 141.76
40 Kevin Fiala F $3,000,000 1 141.72
41 Shea Theodore D $5,200,000 5 141.71
42 Torey Krug D $0 0 140.52
43 Dougie Hamilton D $5,750,000 1 139.65
44 Alex Pietrangelo D $0 0 136.58
45 Kailer Yamamoto F $894,166 1 135.77
46 Teuvo Teravainen F $5,400,000 4 135.12
47 Joel Farabee F $925,000 2 134.88
48 Zach Werenski D $5,000,000 2 134.43
49 Kyle Connor F $7,142,857 6 133.44
50 Marco Rossi F $0 0 132.12
51 Jack Eichel F $10,000,000 6 131.85
52 Patrick Kane F $10,500,000 3 131.16
53 Tim Stutzle F $0 0 130.74
54 Brayden Point F $6,750,000 2 130.26
55 Trevor Zegras F $925,000 3 129.40
56 Travis Konecny F $5,500,000 5 128.05
57 Cody Glass F $863,333 2 127.36
58 Jakub Vrana F $3,350,000 1 126.73
59 David Perron F $4,000,000 2 126.69
60 Johnny Gaudreau F $6,750,000 2 125.74
61 Elias Lindholm F $4,850,000 4 124.98
62 Morgan Frost F $863,333 2 124.95
63 Auston Matthews F $11,634,000 4 123.30
64 Jesperi Kotkaniemi F $925,000 1 123.16
65 Gabriel Vilardi F $894,167 2 122.86
66 John Klingberg D $4,250,000 2 122.76
67 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins F $6,000,000 1 122.34
68 Patrik Laine F $6,750,000 1 121.31
69 Steven Stamkos F $8,500,000 4 121.28
70 Rasmus Sandin D $894,167 2 121.14
71 Ryan Ellis D $6,250,000 7 120.35
72 Mathew Barzal F $0 0 119.27
73 Alex Turcotte F $925,000 3 118.63
74 Filip Zadina F $894,167 2 118.38
75 Barrett Hayton F $894,167 2 118.09
76 Sebastian Aho F $8,454,000 4 118.02
77 Oscar Klefbom D $4,167,000 3 117.57
78 Oliver Bjorkstrand F $2,500,000 1 117.49
79 Taylor Hall F $0 0 117.38
80 Matthew Tkachuk F $7,000,000 2 117.25
81 Morgan Rielly D $5,000,000 2 116.34
82 Peyton Krebs F $894,167 3 115.94
83 Tyson Barrie D $0 0 115.87
84 Lucas Raymond F $0 0 115.85
85 Jake Guentzel F $6,000,000 4 115.82
86 Adam Boqvist D $894,167 2 115.77
87 Mitch Marner F $10,893,000 5 115.35
88 Tomas Tatar F $5,415,602 1 115.30
89 Mattias Ekholm D $3,750,000 2 115.13
90 Nikolaj Ehlers F $6,000,000 5 115.02
91 Evgeni Malkin F $9,500,000 2 113.99
92 Jason Robertson F $795,000 2 113.80
93 Noah Dobson D $894,167 2 113.65
94 William Nylander F $6,962,366 4 113.21
95 Anthony Mantha F $0 0 112.87
96 Dylan Cozens F $925,000 3 112.87
97 Keith Yandle D $6,350,000 3 111.75
98 Erik Brannstrom D $863,333 2 111.59
99 Bowen Byram D $925,000 3 111.16
100 Aaron Ekblad D $7,500,000 5 110.99
101 Pavel Buchnevich F $3,250,000 1 110.97
102 Nicolas Hague D $791,667 2 110.92
103 Jaccob Slavin D $5,300,000 5 110.55
104 Max Pacioretty F $7,000,000 3 110.35
105 Phillip Danault F $3,083,333 1 110.32
106 Jaden Schwartz F $5,350,000 1 110.16
107 Kris Letang D $7,250,000 2 109.89
108 Dylan Larkin F $6,100,000 3 109.69
109 Matt Roy D $700,000 1 109.41
110 Bo Horvat F $5,500,000 3 109.34
111 Anthony Beauvillier F $2,100,000 1 108.95
112 Juuso Valimaki D $894,166 1 108.92
113 Reilly Smith F $5,000,000 2 108.81
114 Alex Iafallo F $2,425,000 1 108.40
115 Mike Hoffman F $0 0 108.11
116 Drake Batherson F $736,666 1 108.08
117 Zach Hyman F $2,250,000 1 108.07
118 Ryan O’Reilly F $7,500,000 3 108.02
119 Emil Bemstrom F $925,000 2 107.66
120 Seth Jones D $5,400,000 2 107.38
121 Nick Robertson F $821,667 3 107.26
122 Alex Ovechkin F $9,538,462 1 107.20
123 Ryan Pulock D $0 0 107.18
124 Samuel Girard D $5,000,000 7 107.14
125 Gabriel Landeskog F $5,571,429 1 107.05
126 Brayden Schenn F $6,500,000 8 106.74
127 Calle Jarnkrok F $2,000,000 2 106.44
128 Thomas Chabot D $8,000,000 8 106.04
129 Jonathan Marchessault F $5,000,000 4 105.90
130 Jeff Petry D $5,500,000 1 105.85
131 Rickard Rakell F $3,789,444 2 105.37
132 Ryan Strome F $0 0 105.32
133 Brendan Gallagher F $3,750,000 1 105.24
134 Brad Hunt D $700,000 1 105.21
135 Mark Stone F $9,500,000 7 104.95
136 Evan Bouchard D $894,167 3 104.74
137 Charlie McAvoy D $4,900,000 2 104.30
138 Erik Karlsson D $11,500,000 7 104.03
139 Blake Wheeler F $8,250,000 4 103.87
140 Darnell Nurse D $5,600,000 2 103.35
141 Damon Severson D $4,166,666 3 103.28
142 Sean Monahan F $6,375,000 3 102.87
143 Victor Olofsson F $0 0 102.68
144 Brock Boeser F $5,875,000 2 102.47
145 Nikita Gusev F $4,500,000 1 102.41
146 Tucker Poolman D $775,000 1 102.39
147 Filip Forsberg F $6,000,000 2 102.29
148 Mikhail Sergachev D $0 0 102.21
149 Sami Niku D $0 0 102.20
150 Sam Steel F $863,333 1 102.13
151 Sidney Crosby F $8,700,000 5 101.75
152 Sam Reinhart F $0 0 101.75
153 Rasmus Ristolainen D $5,400,000 2 101.74
154 Alexander Nylander F $863,333 1 101.15
155 Adrian Kempe F $2,000,000 2 100.82
156 Ivan Provorov D $6,750,000 6 100.66
157 Timo Meier F $6,000,000 3 100.04
158 Alex Killorn F $4,450,000 3 99.92
159 Evgeny Kuznetsov F $7,800,000 5 99.74
160 Pierre-Luc Dubois F $0 0 99.62
161 Logan Brown F $863,333 1 99.49
162 Jordan Kyrou F $758,333 1 99.39
163 Max Comtois F $820,000 1 98.88
164 William Karlsson F $5,900,000 7 98.45
165 Pavel Zacha F $2,250,000 2 98.20
166 Calen Addison D $795,000 3 98.17
167 Brock Nelson F $6,000,000 5 98.16
168 Filip Chytil F $894,166 1 97.89
169 Caleb Jones D $875,000 2 97.29
170 Brent Burns D $8,000,000 5 96.84
171 Tyler Toffoli F $3,890,502 1 96.79
172 Frank Vatrano F $2,533,333 2 96.78
173 Alexandre Texier F $897,500 1 96.77
174 Alex DeBrincat F $6,400,000 3 96.66
175 Zach Sanford F $1,500,000 1 96.65
176 John Tavares F $11,000,000 5 96.64
177 Casey Mittelstadt F $0 0 96.43
178 Philip Broberg D $925,000 3 96.43
179 Tanner Pearson F $3,750,000 1 96.29
180 Sami Vatanen D $0 0 95.99
181 Evgenii Dadonov F $0 0 95.44
182 Moritz Seider D $894,167 3 95.42
183 Mikko Rantanen F $9,250,000 5 95.27
184 Eric Staal F $3,250,000 1 95.20
185 Kevin Shattenkirk D $0 0 95.14
186 Kyle Palmieri F $4,650,000 1 95.11
187 Max Domi F $0 0 94.45
188 Joel Eriksson Ek F $1,487,500 1 94.45
189 Jakub Voracek F $8,250,000 4 94.43
190 Dominik Kubalik F $0 0 94.39
191 Patrice Bergeron F $6,875,000 2 94.39
192 Vincent Trocheck F $4,750,000 2 94.29
193 Travis Sanheim D $3,250,000 1 94.21
194 Erik Gustafsson D $0 0 94.20
195 Nate Schmidt D $5,950,000 5 94.07
196 Rocco Grimaldi F $2,000,000 2 93.73
197 Andre Burakovsky F $0 0 93.41
198 Kasperi Kapanen F $3,200,000 2 93.23
199 Jason Zucker F $5,500,000 3 93.11
200 Dennis Cholowski D $894,166 1 92.39

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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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