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Which Sabres Forwards Are Worth The Money?

Working under a salary cap requires an NHL GM to utilize his value investing skills.  On the worst scoring team in the Eastern Conference, which Sabres forwards are delivering the most bang for the buck?  Who is the most overpaid?

I noted the 15 Buffalo forwards who have played at least 10 games this season and projected their point totals over 82 games.  In other words, I’m not punishing them for being injured or sick (or scratched for that matter).

I then divided their salary cap hits by their projected point totals to try to determine how well these players, when they’re in the lineup, are producing respective to their effect on the cap.  Example: Divide Thomas Vanek’s cap hit of $7,142,857 by his projected 82-game point total of 67 to get a “cap cost per point” of $106,229.

I considered excluding entry level contracts, given their restrictions and upper limits per the CBA, but decided to just asterisk them.

Obviously, some ancillary statistics and intangible player traits aren’t factored into this exercise.  But when you consider that the Sabres have a scoring problem so dire that they’re challenging the franchise record for fewest goals scored in a season, this kind of analysis should have some relevance.

Player – Cap cost per point

*Adam   $26,677
*Kassian   33,598
*Ennis   36,280
Gerbe   41,129
Ellis   44,817
Kaleta   64,558
Pominville   70,135
Roy   95,610
Gaustad   97,092
Stafford   103,924
Vanek   106,229
Hecht   118,216
Boyes   154,472
Leino   182,927
McCormick   256,098

*Entry level contract

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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