The best production per cap hit rental players

It’s the day after the Super Bowl and the one question on everyone’s mind is how does the Kansas City Chiefs win affect the Toronto Maple Leafs where does Jakob Chychrun go? While we seem no closer to an answer when I write this (the reality could be very different when you read this) there is a strong chance that Chychrun doesn’t wind up in Toronto. For that matter, there’s a very good chance that Timo Meier doesn’t wind up in Toronto either. It’s with that cold, harsh dose of Monday Morning reality that I am trotting out the rental forward list for another look, this from the perspective of who has been producing the most for the least amount of coin.
Looking at the list of pending unrestricted free agent forwards it’s very easy to become underwhelmed and frankly, a little bummed out about the Leafs ability to improve their roster, but there are some potentially interesting options in the mix as well, so not all hope is lost. Here are the rentals:
Player
Cap Hit
Pts per $
Age
Pos
GP
G
A
P
PPG
ATOI
GF%
CF%
Nick Bjugstad
$900,000
$39,130
30
C
53
13
10
23
0.43
13.68
58.5
45.8
Derick Brassard
$750,000
$57,692
35
C
41
8
5
13
0.31
10.61
54.2
51.7
Josh Leivo
$750,000
$57,692
29
LW
38
4
9
13
0.34
11.5
50
52.3
Noel Acciari
$1,250,000
$69,444
31
C
52
10
8
18
0.34
12.41
40
43.4
Max Domi
$3,000,000
$85,714
27
C
51
14
21
35
0.68
14.34
48.1
42
Ivan Barbashev
$2,250,000
$93,750
27
C
52
9
15
24
0.46
13.52
49.1
46.6
Tyler Pitlick
$750,000
$93,750
31
C
37
2
6
8
0.21
9.15
40.9
42.9
Nick Bonino
$2,050,000
$113,889
34
C
51
9
9
18
0.35
11.91
45.3
42.9
Nick Ritchie
$2,500,000
$119,048
27
LW
50
9
12
21
0.42
11.13
38.1
42.8
Jayson Megna
$750,000
$125,000
33
C
41
1
5
6
0.14
8.35
27.33
41.58
Patrick Brown
$750,000
$125,000
30
C
36
2
4
6
0.16
9.77
38.9
46.2
Dylan Larkin
$6,100,000
$127,083
26
C
50
18
30
48
0.96
13.07
47.5
49.6
Oskar Sundqvist
$2,750,000
$144,737
28
C
42
7
12
19
0.45
10.71
45.7
45.5
Adam Erne
$2,100,000
$150,000
27
LW
43
6
8
14
0.32
11.92
38.5
42.2
Tyler Motte
$1,350,000
$150,000
27
C
35
3
6
9
0.25
10.37
54.2
48.2
Andreas Athanasiou
$3,000,000
$157,895
28
LW
50
11
8
19
0.38
13.64
37
43.2
Jujhar Khaira
$975,000
$162,500
28
LW
29
3
3
6
0.2
10.56
27.8
43.3
Nathan Walker
$750,000
$187,500
29
LW
29
1
3
4
0.13
8.98
50
36.2
Gustav Nyquist
$5,500,000
$250,000
33
RW
48
10
12
22
0.45
13.17
42.1
46.2
Sammy Blais
$1,525,000
$254,167
26
LW
41
1
5
6
0.14
9.31
52.4
45.1
Pius Suter
$3,250,000
$270,833
26
C
48
6
6
12
0.25
11.47
42.9
45.6
Patrick Kane
$10,500,000
$300,000
34
RW
48
9
26
35
0.72
15.32
38.1
40.29
James van Riemsdyk
$7,000,000
$318,182
33
LW
35
9
13
22
0.62
12.51
53.5
50.9
Evgenii Dadonov
$5,000,000
$357,143
33
RW
43
4
10
14
0.32
12.02
44.4
49.5
Jonathan Toews
$10,500,000
$375,000
34
C
46
14
14
28
0.6
12.88
33.29
43.3
Sean Monahan
$6,375,000
$375,000
28
C
25
6
11
17
0.68
11.54
46.2
53.2
Derek Grant
$1,500,000
$375,000
32
C
18
2
2
4
0.22
11.16
28.6
36.4
Ryan O’Reilly
$7,500,000
$441,176
32
C
38
11
6
17
0.44
13.81
34.5
49.2
Jonathan Drouin
$5,500,000
$458,333
27
LW
29
0
12
12
0.41
10.62
38.1
42.3
Tyler Bertuzzi
$4,750,000
$678,571
27
LW
20
2
5
7
0.35
12.77
38.1
53.3
Not the most awe-inspiring list of potential additions, especially when Dylan Larkin is very likely staying put in Detroit. That puts the Chicago trio of Kane, Domi, and Toews at the top of the list for actual production with Athanasious not too far down the list either. That’s pretty grim Toews might be the best offensive option, especially if you are looking for goal scoring in the rental market, but alas he …

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Denis Malgin
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