Capped: Players Providing Above- and Below-Market Value – Part 4

Logan Doyle

2021-07-01

The last several ‘Capped’ instalments have been about players providing above- and below-average value on their contracts. Last week we talked about players like DeBrincat and Couturier. The rest of the series can be found here. Today is our final piece in this series.

Tyson Barrie – Defence – Edmonton Oilers ($3.75M)

I'll admit, I had my reservations about Barrie in Edmonton. I figured he would have a good season, by that I mean return to being a 50-point defenceman, but I did not foresee him having a career year and pacing for 70 points.

He was steady all year long starting with 24 points in 30 games and then finishing with 24 points in 26 games.

For a defenceman to offer you almost 20 points-per-million in salary and not be on an entry-level contract, that usually equates to a heck of a year. It was a low risk move by Edmonton to sign Barrie below market value and it paid off.  Things just could not have turned out better for Barrie.

This summer should be a fun one for him. The key in returning to Edmonton for me is whether or not Oskar Klefbom will be healthy enough to return to the team or if he will be placed on long term injury reserve. It could mean the difference of Barrie re-signing or continuing his career elsewhere.

Jordan Greenway – Left Wing – ($2.1M) / Joel Eriksson Ek – Center ($1.18M) / Marcus Foligno – Right Wing ($3.1M) – Minnesota Wild

I take nothing away from the season Kirill Kaprizov had this year. He won the Calder in early February and just got stronger as the season went.

But for me, Minnesota's season hinged on the emergence of this big, heavy, and very cheap second line. I thought about picking just one, but they were all such good value and it was as a line that they all produced significantly above value.

Admittedly, bridge contracts can be a boon like this. If we walk back the clock three years, Eriksson Ek was the least of the three to be a surprise. With a 44-point pace it's not like he blew the roof off. Doing this at $1.18M is where you really reaped the reward. With 2.1 shots and almost two hits per game he punched his weight in multi-cat pools as well. He is emerging as a really strong two-way second line center.

Jordan Greenway was not a complete surprise either. At $2.1M and a 47-point pace, he really provided strong value as well. He added 1.5 hits per game and if you're in a multi-cat league that counts penalty minutes, his 70 PIM pace is a real nice added touch. His 1.4 shots per game really needs to improve if he is going to take another step forward though. One thing we have learned, big players like him need more time. Patience is key.

There's little doubt that finding Markus Foligno's name on this list anywhere is a surprise. He entered the season with 550 NHL games and a career .31 points per game mark.