|Salary Cap Sensations|
Sidney Crosby was the best player in the NHL last season, he won the scoring title, and took home enough hardware at the NHL awards to fill his living room. There was very little Sid the Kid didn't accomplish in 2006-07. But was Sidney the best bang for your fantasy dollar? Fantasy general managers living in a salary cap world
can often be faced with some tough decisions when a player lands a big contract. Young superstars like Thomas Vanek where relative bargains at last years prices. All that changed in a hurry this summer when Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe signed Vanek to a $50 million dollar offer sheet. While Thomas was no doubt thrilled about his new salary, and still remains one of the top young players in the NHL, fantasy GM's were less than elated with the wingers new fortunes. Vanek went from one of the most coveted players in salary cap leagues to overpaid in record time.
While there aren't many Buffalo Sabres left in the bargain bin there are still a few. Let's take a look at some of the Sabres and other players around the NHL that are the best bang for your fantasy dollar.
In top spot we have Milan Michalek of the San Jose Sharks. Milan was paid a mere $7,139 per point last season which makes him top dog in our salary cap world. Michalek will be tough to knock off his perch as long as he is skating beside Joe Thornton. Expect more of the same from the well-rounded winger, and possibly even an increase in performance.
While the St. Louis Blues didn't finish near the top of anything last season they appear to have found themselves a good deal in Lee Stempniak. Amounts like $8,654 per point sound like a lot, but in todays NHL that's good enough for the second best dollar per point ratio in the league. Like Michalek, Stempniak is young enough that he should improve on last years numbers and be amoung the $/point leaders again this season.
Third spot on our list belongs to Colorado's Paul Stastny. Stastny finished the season on fire and was one of the top rookies of 2006-07. The Avalanche were well represented at both ends of our list with players like Andrew Brunette, and Peter Budaj also offering top value. While others like Rob Blake and Jose Theodore were among the NHL's worst per dollar performers.
As with every year there will be changes and the upcoming NHL season will be no different. Players like Vanek are no longer coveted by salary cap GMs like they once were. While others like Derek Roy, Zack Parise, and Dustin Penner also with hefty new contracts have fallen from the top as well.
Look for the Anaheim Ducks still to be well represented on our list with young guns Cory Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Chris Kunitz still making reasonable amounts of coin. One of our favorites, Alexander Radulov, should be among the young guns replacing our leaders. Jason Pominville in Buffalo will be hurt by the loss of Briere but should see his minutes increase with the new openings and is a good bet maintain his value as a top point per dollar fantasy player.
Here's a look at last seasons top 50 bang for your buck forwards:
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