Top 200 Cap League Skater Rankings

Alexander MacLean


Here are the top 200 skaters to own in your salary cap league – September 25th edition. We made it a full year – this is the anniversary of the first list I published, and it has come a long way since then! That you to all the readers for staying involved and interested in my work throughout. Pandemics, offseasons, etc, it doesn't matter – the content keeps coming, and you just keep eating it up.

This time around we have the salary projections out at the same time as a rankings list, so you can properly approach the draft, free agency, and all of your offseason trade talks with confidence. Speaking of, the 2020 draftees also finally learn their homes in a few weeks, but that shouldn't affect their value here much. The top end of the list doesn't see much change, though Nick Suzuki continues his steady ascent – the extra year on the ELC for him and Adam Fox is a big part of why they are higher than you might initially expect.

The value of free agents will continue to fluctuate through the offseason as new contracts are signed. That won't be the only cause of change however, the format of the new season will undoubtedly affect the perception towards certain factors in the rankings. If a full slate can't be played, then does that affect how certainty is weighted versus upside? With the stagnant cap, do more rookies and journeymen receive playing time this season? If there is a shorter summer, a condensed schedule, and a lack of training camp, does the NHL see a rash of injuries to the degree of what the NFL is dealing with at the moment? That last point is very plausible, and if that is the case then players who are noted band-aid-boys likely become even bigger risks and see their value drop further. Fortunately, there should be time for at least the November update (if not the January update as well) to take any new contracts and possible format changes into account.

Stay tuned for the inaugural salary cap league goalie rankings that drop tomorrow!

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:

 NameAgePosCap HitYrsRating
1Cale Makar21D$880,8331289.24
2Elias Pettersson21F$925,0001283.38
3Quinn Hughes20D$916,6661277.10
4Andrei Svechnikov20F$925,0001245.89
5Adam Fox22D$925,0002235.25
6Rasmus Dahlin20D$925,0001230.44
7Nick Suzuki21F$863,3332217.75
8Leon Draisaitl25F$8,500,0005212.31
9Nathan MacKinnon25F$6,300,0003207.88
10Miro Heiskanen21D$894,1661200.66
11David Pastrnak24F$6,666,6663199.60
12Martin Necas21F$863,3332195.37
13Alexis Lafreniere18F$00192.72
14Jack Hughes19F$925,0002188.92
15Filip Hronek22D$714,1661186.63
16John Carlson30D$8,000,0006186.41
17Kaapo Kakko19F$925,0002180.48
18Mika Zibanejad27F$5,350,0002178.48
19Brady Tkachuk21F$925,0001173.01
20Robert Thomas21F$894,1661172.72
21Quinton Byfield18F$00169.83
22Jonathan Huberdeau27F$5,900,0003169.74
23Conor Garland24F$775,0001168.22
24Connor McDavid23F$12,500,0006166.35
25Neal Pionk25D$3,000,0001162.87
26Nikita Kucherov27F$9,500,0007162.53
27Brad Marchand32F$6,125,0005162.48
28Dougie Hamilton27D$5,750,0001161.43
29Kirby Dach19F$925,0002159.85
30Kirill Kaprizov23F$925,0001158.75
31John Marino23D$925,0001155.55
32J.T. Miller27F$5,250,0003155.00
33Anthony DeAngelo24D$00153.68
34Mark Scheifele27F$6,125,0004153.29
35Marco Rossi19F$00152.66
36Roman Josi30D$9,059,0008151.64
37Artemi Panarin28F$11,642,8576150.66
38Lucas Raymond18F$00150.35
39Jake Guentzel25F$6,000,0004150.30
40Trevor Zegras19F$925,0003148.77
41Tim Stutzle18F$00145.73
42Ryan Ellis29D$6,250,0007144.46
43Cole Perfetti18F$00144.21
44Kailer Yamamoto21F$894,1661144.10
45Victor Hedman29D$7,875,0005143.67
46Bryan Rust28F$3,500,0002142.98
47Kevin Fiala24F$3,000,0001142.88
48Gabriel Vilardi21F$894,1672142.87
49Dylan Cozens19F$925,0003142.41
50Aleksander Barkov25F$5,900,0002142.04
51Joel Farabee20F$925,0002140.82
52Sean Couturier27F$4,333,3332140.65
53Shea Theodore25D$5,200,0005140.56
54Cody Glass21F$863,3332140.38
55Morgan Frost21F$863,3332136.81
56Alex Turcotte19F$925,0003136.43
57Barrett Hayton20F$894,1672135.66
58Zach Werenski23D$5,000,0002135.42
59Teuvo Teravainen26F$5,400,0004134.84
60Jack Eichel23F$10,000,0006134.79
61Kyle Connor23F$7,142,8576134.12
62Brayden Point24F$6,750,0002133.53
63Travis Konecny23F$5,500,0005132.25
64Peyton Krebs19F$894,1673132.15
65Filip Zadina20F$894,1672131.47
66Adam Boqvist20D$894,1672131.44
67Jason Robertson21F$795,0002130.19
68Seth Jones25D$5,400,0002130.03
69Rasmus Sandin20D$894,1672129.20
70Patrick Kane31F$10,500,0003128.42
71Victor Olofsson25F$00127.30
72Torey Krug29D$00127.01
73Noah Dobson20D$894,1672126.93
74Bowen Byram19D$925,0003126.87
75Jakub Vrana24F$3,350,0001126.15
76Elias Lindholm25F$4,850,0004125.13
77Johnny Gaudreau27F$6,750,0002125.03
78Auston Matthews23F$11,634,0004124.77
79Anthony Mantha26F$00124.69
80Mikko Rantanen23F$9,250,0005123.95
81Nick Robertson19F$821,6673123.02
82Alex Pietrangelo30D$00122.66
83Sidney Crosby33F$8,700,0005121.63
84Oliver Bjorkstrand25F$2,500,0001121.14
85Ryan Strome27F$00120.94
86John Klingberg28D$4,250,0002120.85
87Steven Stamkos30F$8,500,0004120.75
88David Perron32F$4,000,0002120.45
89Evan Bouchard20D$894,1673120.21
90Ryan Nugent-Hopkins27F$6,000,0001120.04
91Tomas Hertl26F$5,625,0002119.92
92Erik Brannstrom21D$863,3332119.44
93Nicolas Hague21D$791,6672119.35
94Oscar Klefbom27D$4,167,0003119.13
95Anthony Beauvillier23F$2,100,0001118.79
96Sebastian Aho23F$8,454,0004118.56
97Mikhail Sergachev22D$00117.85
98Patrik Laine22F$6,750,0001117.24
99Jaime Drysdale18D$00117.01
100Juuso Valimaki21D$894,1661116.89
101Taylor Hall28F$00116.87
102Mitch Marner23F$10,893,0005116.52
103Troy Terry23F$1,450,0003115.67
104Matthew Tkachuk22F$7,000,0002115.27
105Nikolaj Ehlers24F$6,000,0005115.03
106Drake Batherson22F$736,6661114.90
107Emil Bemstrom21F$925,0002114.78
108Dominik Kubalík25F$00113.42
109Tomas Tatar29F$5,415,6021113.40
110Morgan Rielly26D$5,000,0002113.26
111Nazem Kadri29F$4,500,0002112.61
112William Nylander24F$6,962,3664112.54
113Erik Gustafsson28D$00111.85
114Mattias Ekholm30D$3,750,0002111.60
115Bo Horvat25F$5,500,0003111.52
116Phillip Danault27F$3,083,3331111.27
117Samuel Girard22D$5,000,0007110.48
118Mathew Barzal23F$00110.38
119Pavel Buchnevich25F$3,250,0001109.79
120Dylan Larkin24F$6,100,0003109.64
121Aaron Ekblad24D$7,500,0005109.20
122Moritz Seider19D$894,1673108.92
123Kevin Shattenkirk31D$00108.90
124Calle Jarnkrok29F$2,000,0002108.64
125Erik Haula29F$00108.35
126Jesperi Kotkaniemi20F$925,0001108.16
127Matt Roy25D$700,0001108.03
128Jaccob Slavin26D$5,300,0005107.92
129Kris Letang33D$7,250,0002107.44
130Grigori Denisenko20F$925,0003107.34
131Alex Iafallo26F$2,425,0001107.29
132Viktor Arvidsson27F$4,250,0004106.87
133Jordan Kyrou22F$758,3331106.76
134Max Pacioretty31F$7,000,0003106.75
135Reilly Smith29F$5,000,0002106.22
136Tyler Bertuzzi25F$00105.75
137Jaden Schwartz28F$5,350,0001105.36
138Zach Hyman28F$2,250,0001105.08
139Ryan O’Reilly29F$7,500,0003105.02
140Thomas Chabot22D$8,000,0008104.66
141Brendan Gallagher28F$3,750,0001104.12
142Gabriel Landeskog27F$5,571,4291103.75
143Rickard Rakell27F$3,789,4442103.71
144Mark Stone28F$9,500,0007103.54
145Scott Perunovich22D$925,0002103.02
146Adam Gaudette23F$00102.68
147Evgeni Malkin34F$9,500,0002102.56
148Brayden Schenn29F$6,500,0008102.54
149Brock Boeser23F$5,875,0002102.34
150Tyson Barrie29D$00102.22
151Charlie McAvoy22D$4,900,0002102.16
152Filip Forsberg26F$6,000,0002101.57
153Nicolas Aube-Kubel24F$00101.30
154Sean Monahan25F$6,375,0003100.88
155Sean Walker25D$2,650,0004100.79
156Jeff Petry32D$5,500,0001100.72
157Anthony Duclair25F$00100.57
158MacKenzie Weegar26D$00100.48
159Sam Steel22F$863,3331100.45
160Oliver Kylington23D$00100.19
161Adrian Kempe24F$2,000,0002100.04
162Damon Severson26D$4,166,666399.81
163Darnell Nurse25D$5,600,000299.72
164Ville Heinola19D$894,167399.65
165Jonathan Marchessault29F$5,000,000499.46
166Ryan Pulock25D$0099.33
167Ivan Provorov23D$6,750,000698.79
168Timo Meier23F$6,000,000398.67
169Keith Yandle34D$6,350,000398.53
170Alexander Nylander22F$863,333198.43
171Nikita Gusev28F$4,500,000198.29
172Filip Chytil21F$894,166198.27
173Mike Hoffman30F$0098.12
174Josh Leivo27F$0097.92
175Tucker Poolman27D$775,000197.91
176Brad Hunt32D$700,000197.28
177Erik Karlsson30D$11,500,000797.26
178Max Comtois21F$820,000197.23
179Rasmus Ristolainen25D$5,400,000297.18
180Frank Vatrano26F$2,533,333296.73
181Vince Dunn23D$0096.45
182Evgeny Kuznetsov28F$7,800,000596.35
183Denis Gurianov23F$0096.23
184Mathieu Joseph23F$0095.70
185Andreas Johnsson25F$3,400,000395.42
186Thomas Harley19D$894,167395.35
187Brock Nelson28F$6,000,000595.21
188Jesse Puljujarvi22F$0094.95
189Nick Ritchie24F$1,498,925194.58
190William Karlsson27F$5,900,000794.49
191Pavel Zacha23F$2,250,000294.48
192Joel Eriksson Ek23F$1,487,500194.37
193Alexandre Texier21F$897,500194.36
194Caleb Jones23D$875,000294.36
195Yegor Zamula20D$750,000394.23
196Rocco Grimaldi27F$2,000,000294.05
197Pierre-Luc Dubois22F$0093.82
198Zach Sanford25F$1,500,000193.54
199Ethan Bear23D$0093.42
200Alex DeBrincat22F$6,400,000393.36


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