Dollars Per Point: Who Was The Best Bargain On The Buffalo Sabres Last Year?

Greg Fiume

It's always entertaining, but only slightly useful - it's time to figure out who scored the most points per dollar last season for the Buffalo Sabres.

The growing world of hockey's advanced stats has many interesting and useful applications. Corsi and Fenwick can help determine possession, and thus, future success. The ratio of penalties drawn to taken can help determine the most effective pests. Offensive zone starts tell you which players a coach is trying to either feature or protect.

Figuring out who scored the most points relative to their salary is generally not considered a useful "advanced stat," but it's certainly one of the more fun ways to compare players. It answers the question, "Who was the best bargain?" It's an easy-to-understand way of determining which contracts have worked out well for the team, and which players have been disappointing.

Of course, this calculation only takes in to account offensive production. It's an incredibly weak stat that doesn'tfactor in any other aspect of hockey, so take it with a massive grain of salt, but hey, the summer's no time to strain your brain, so onwards and upwards we go.

Note: This numbers use the 2012-13 season's player cap hits, not base salary. To be eligible for this list, all players must have played at least 10 games with Buffalo, so no Ville Leino, Cody McCormick, Matt Ellis, Luke Adam, or Chad Ruhwedel.

Forwards

Player Points Cap Hit Dollars Per Point
Cody Hodgson 34 $1,666,666 $49,019.59
Marcus Foligno 18 $900,000 $50,000.00
Kevin Porter 9 $537,500 $59,722.22
Jochen Hecht 14 $1,250,000 $89,285.71
Tyler Ennis 31 $2,812,500 $90,725.81
Brian Flynn 11 $1,025,000 $93,181.82
Steve Ott 24 $2,950,000 $122,916.67
Nathan Gerbe 10 $1,450,000 $145,000.00
Thomas Vanek 41 $7,142,857 $174,216.00
Jason Pominville 25 $5,300,000 $212,000.00
Drew Stafford 18 $4,000,000 $222,222.22
Mikhail Grigorenko 5 $1,775,000 $355,000.00
Patrick Kaleta 1 $1,250,000 $1,250,000.00
John Scott 0 $600,000 #DIV/0!

As is always the case with this calculation, younger players still on their entry level contracts or very cheap veterans will dominate the top of the list, and that's no exception here with Cody Hodgson leading the way, and Kevin Porter, Marcus Foligno, and Brian Flynn right behind.

It turns out the much-maligned Jochen Hecht was actually pretty productive in this category, while Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott also provided excellent value. It's very difficult for the bigger contracts to match the value of the smaller ones, as you can see with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville. Also, John Scott has made the universe collapse trying to divide by his salary by his zero points.

Defensemen

Player Points Cap Hit Dollars Per Point
Mike Weber 7 $950,000 $135,714.29
Mark Pysyk 5 $870,000 $174,000.00
Alexander Sulzer 4 $725,000 $181,250.00
Christian Ehrhoff 22 $4,000,000 $181,818.18
Andrej Sekera 12 $2,750,000 $229,166.67
Jordan Leopold 8 $3,000,000 $375,000.00
Adam Pardy 4 $2,000,000 $500,000.00
TJ Brennan 1 $550,000 $550,000.00
Tyler Myers 8 $5,500,000 $687,500.00
Robyn Regehr 2 $4,020,000 $2,010,000.00

Again we see an ELC player near the top of the the pack in Mark Pysyk, but in a stunning twist of events, offensive powerhouse Mike Weber comes in first place on this list. Despite his large contract, Christian Ehrhoff still produced at a very nice level (especially when you consider everything else he does) while the obvious disappointments in this category are Tyler Myers and Robyn Regehr's $2 million-per-point salary.

So there you have it - a silly but fun stat that comments on offensive value, and helps to drive home the fact that successful teams need cheap and young players to produce, not just the most highly-paid players. Anything on either of these lists jump out at you, Sabres fans? Let us know in the comments.

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