Contract Analysis: New York Islanders

In the “Contract Analysis” series, we will be compiling a ranking of forwards, defenseman, and goalies according to their contract value factor (production / $0.5 million). First, players on individual teams will be looked at. These results will be combined to form an overall ranking (one for forwards, another for defensemen, and one for goalies).

It is important to note that the stats that are to be used are their midseason statistics (stats they have accrued when respective team has played 41 games / half an NHL season) and that their total cap hit, per Spotrac, will be utilized.

  • This first formula will be used to calculate the contract value factor of forwards and defensemen: Total cap hit / $0.5 million = x; points / = contract value (p points / $0.5 million)
  • This second formula will be used to calculate the contract value factor of goalies: Total cap hit / $0.5 million = x; wins / x = contract value (g wins / $0.5 million)

Players will only be excluded if they…

  • are non-roster players OR
  • were acquired via trade within the 2 weeks leading up to their new team’s 41st game

* (asterisk) = a player who has been demoted to the AHL

@ (at sign) = a player, due to injury, has missed all of the 2018-19 season thus far.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Metropolitan Division

Western Conference

Central Division

Pacific Division

New York Islanders

Forwards

RW Jordan Eberle (age 28)

  • Games played: 37
  • Points: 18 (8 goals and 10 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $6 million
  • Contract value factor: 1.5 (1.5 points / $0.5 million)

RW Cal Clutterbuck (age 30)

  • Games played: 38
  • Points: 7 (2 goals and 5 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $3.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 1

RW Tom Kuhnhackl (age 26)

  • Games played: 19
  • Points: 6 (3 goals and 3 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $0.7 million
  • Contract value factor: 4.29

C Brock Nelson (age 26)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 29 (15 goals and 14 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $4.25 million
  • Contract value factor: 3.41

C Anders Lee (age 28)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 31 (15 goals and 16 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $3.75 million
  • Contract value factor: 4.13

C Casey Cizikas (age 27)

  • Games played: 34
  • Points: 17 (10 goals and 7 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $3.35 million
  • Contract value factor: 2.54

C Leo Komarov (age 31)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 14 (5 goals and 9 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $3 million
  • Contract value factor: 2.33

C Valtteri Filppula (age 34)

  • Games played: 39
  • Points: 19 (9 goals and 10 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $2.75 million
  • Contract value factor: 3.45

C Mathew Barzal (age 21)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 38 (12 goals and 26 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $0.863333 million
  • Contract value factor: 22.01

LW Josh Bailey (age 28)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 31 (8 goals and 23 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $5 million
  • Contract value factor: 3.1

LW Matt Martin (age 29)

  • Games played: 31
  • Points: 12 (3 goals and 5 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $2.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 7.92

LW Ross Johnston (age 24)

  • Games played: 12
  • Points: 3 (0 goals and 3 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $1 million
  • Contract value factor: 1.5

LW Anthony Beauvillier (age 21)

  • Games played: 40
  • Points: 16 (11 goals and 5 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $0.894167 million
  • Contract value factor: 8.95

*LW Michael Dal Colle (age 22)

  • Games played: 12
  • Points: 2 (1 goal and 1 assist)
  • Total cap hit: $0.863333 million
  • Contract value factor: 1.16

LW Andrew Ladd (age 32)

  • Games played: 14
  • Points: 7 (3 goals and 4 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $5.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 0.64

Defensemen

D Johnny Boychuk (age 34)

  • Games played: 40
  • Points: 10 (3 goals and 7 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $6 million
  • Contract value factor: 0.83

D Nick Leddy (age 27)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 14 (1 goal and 13 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $5.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 1.27

D Ryan Pulock (age 23)

  • Games played: 41
  • Points: 18 (3 goals and 15 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $2 million
  • Contract value factor: 4.5

D Adam Pelech (age 24)

  • Games played: 38
  • Points: 8 (3 goals and 5 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $1.6 million
  • Contract value factor: 2.5

D Luca Sbisa (age 28)

  • Games played: 8
  • Points: 1 (0 goals and 1 assist)
  • Base salary: $1.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 0.33

D Scott Mayfield (age 25)

  • Games played: 39
  • Points: 15 (3 goals and 12 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $1.45 million
  • Contract value factor: 5.17

D Devon Toews (age 28)

  • Games played: 7
  • Points: 3 (2 goals and 1 assist)
  • Total cap hit: $0.7 million
  • Contract value factor: 2.14

D Thomas Hickey (age 29)

  • Games played: 32
  • Points: 4 (0 goals and 4 assists)
  • Total cap hit: $2.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 0.8

Goalies

G Thomas Greiss (age 32)

  • Games played: 24
  • Wins: 12
  • Total cap hit: $3.333333 million
  • Contract value factor: 1.80 (1.80 wins / $0.5 million)

G Robin Lehner (age 27)

  • Games played: 21
  • Wins: 11
  • Total cap hit: $1.5 million
  • Contract value factor: 3.67

Contract Value Rankings

Forwards

1. C Mathew Barzal (age 21)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 22.01

2. LW Anthony Beauvillier (age 21)

  • Games played: 40
  • Contract value factor: 8.95

3. LW Matt Martin (age 29)

  • Games played: 31
  • Contract value factor: 7.92

4. RW Tom Kuhnhackl (age 26)

  • Games played: 19
  • Contract value factor: 4.29

5. C Anders Lee (age 28)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 4.13

6. C Valtteri Filppula (age 34)

  • Games played: 39
  • Contract value factor: 3.45

7. C Brock Nelson (age 26)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 3.41

8. LW Josh Bailey (age 28)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 3.1

9. C Casey Cizikas (age 27)

  • Games played: 34
  • Contract value factor: 2.54

10. C Leo Komarov (age 31)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 2.33

11. RW Jordan Eberle (age 28)

  • Games played: 37
  • Contract value factor: 1.5

11. LW Ross Johnston (age 24)

  • Games played: 12
  • Contract value factor: 1.5

13. *LW Michael Dal Colle (age 22)

  • Games played: 12
  • Contract value factor: 1.16

14. RW Cal Clutterbuck (age 30)

  • Games played: 38
  • Contract value factor: 1

15. LW Andrew Ladd (age 32)

  • Games played: 14
  • Contract value factor: 0.64

Defensemen

1. D Scott Mayfield (age 25)

  • Games played: 39
  • Contract value factor: 5.17

2. D Ryan Pulock (age 23)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 4.5

3. D Adam Pelech (age 24)

  • Games played: 38
  • Contract value factor: 2.5

4. D Devon Toews (age 28)

  • Games played: 7
  • Contract value factor: 2.14

5. D Nick Leddy (age 27)

  • Games played: 41
  • Contract value factor: 1.27

6. D Johnny Boychuk (age 34)

  • Games played: 40
  • Contract value factor: 0.83

7. D Thomas Hickey (age 29)

  • Games played: 32
  • Contract value factor: 0.8

8. D Luca Sbisa (age 28)

  • Games played: 8
  • Contract value factor: 0.33

Goalies

1. G Robin Lehner (age 27)

  • Games played: 21
  • Contract value factor: 3.67

2. G Thomas Greiss (age 32)

  • Games played: 24
  • Contract value factor: 1.80

Average forwards contract value factor (15): 4.53

Average defensemen contract value factor (8): 2.19

Average goalies contract value factor (2): 2.74

Average contract value factor (encompassing all positions): [(4.53 * 15) + (2.19 * 8) + (2.74 * 2)] / 25 = (67.93 + 17.54 + 5.47) / 25 = 3.64

The average contract value factor for forwards, defensemen, and goalies are not comparable. It is also important to note that these values do not indicate which player is most valuable going forward; rather they convey who is contributing most (offensively) relative to their total cap hit (what counts towards their team’s salary cap) thus far this season. Additionally, one can examine a player’s contract value factor relative to the team’s average contract value factor for that position (forwards, defensemen, or goalies).

We can also compare team A’s average contract value factor to team B’s average contract value factor to see which team is getting more (production) for their money.

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