| Point per dollar a telling
Who is the priciest point producer for
As Sharks hit the corner pole of the 2015 season I
thought I'd take a look at some of the performance numbers that we've seen from
players through the first 17 games of the season in an attempt to try and
identify where the Sharks may be deriving some true value. I decided to look at
point production for each player in context to their salary this season.
Separating the forwards from the defenseman of course. Would it be of any
interest to see how each player's point output corresponds to their salary this
The equation is a pretty rudimentary one. Simply take their
2015-16 salary and divide the number of points each respective player has
recorded for the Sharks this season.
The whole point of the exercise
is to see where there may be some value in terms of point production coming
from players who don't necessarily command the big salaries the season. How do
the big money guys compare to the lower salaried players when it comes to point
Let's start by eliminating players that havent had
the opportunity to produce, because they havent played in enough games.
Logan Couture has only played in three games this season, so his lone assist
would look ugly if you simply divide salary by points. Thats a $6,000,000
assist for crying out loud. So guys like Couture and Melker Karlsson get a
So where are the pain points.
Thornton isnt the priciest player on the Sharks roster. Hes third.
Based on 2015 salaries, Mike Brown holds the distinction of producing
the most expensive point for the Sharks the season. His lone goal essentially
equates to a $1.25 tally. Brown has played in 16 games for San Jose this season
and in fairness to him, has amassed 27 penalty minutes, but if you're only
applying points for salary Brown becomes the priciest player on the San Jose
Now things get interesting. Beleaguered trade rumor monger
Patrick Marleau comes in as the priciest Sharks regular. His 10 points this
season come to a $650,000 per point price tag. His $6,500,000 contract make it
easy to pick on him. This wasnt intended to be another recruiting party
for the he-man Marleau haters club. Its simply a simple excercise,
intended to see how dollars are applied to points. Joe Thornton is a close
third behind Brown and Maleau, racking up a cool $613,000 per point cost this
Tommy Wingels comes in at fourth for the Sharks. Is
five points this season net a $495,000 per point price tag.
this wasn't intended to be a another swipe at Marleau, but his contract does
come into play when it comes to any type of trade rumor. Marleau in on the
wrong side of 35 and his production has decreased over the last three seasons..
Thorton is not exempt from this issue either, as he commands the biggest salary
on the club, yet his point production is certainly not as economical as a
Thomas Hertl or Joel Ward.
Hertl comes in as the bargain basement deal
for San Jose thus far. His nine points are costing the Sharks roughly $102,000
per point this season. That's a sixth of the cost for a Marleau or Thornton.
Now take all of these numbers and throw them out the window. There are
many factors that go into why and how an NHL team wins hockey games. There are
intangibles beyond point production. There are leadership factors that go into
how a team wins or loses. None of these things can be determined directly from
a player salary.
But then I ask, do players like Marleau and Thornton
exemplify a player that has all those intangibles. If youre playing game
7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, are those the two guys you entrust with your
San Jose did that the season before last, and it ended in one
of the most colossal implosions in NHL history. So is losing either of these
guys really the worst thing that can happen to this franchise?
Theres no doubt that players like Marleau and Thornton can be world
beaters when they bring their A games. The problem is, those A games tend not
to show up when it matters the most. San Jose used to rely on these two to in
order to trudge through the long and arduous NHL season. Once the playoffs
started, it was anyones game to win or lose.
Ten years of
failure in the playoffs seem to be a pretty clear indication that they
werent cut out for the task. So if they cant even get you to the
playoffs, I ask whats the point of burning through more than $12 million
on two players that cant even set you up for a playoff run, much less
make a run once the second season begins.
If Marleau and Thornton hold
any value with GMs around the league, Doug Wilson needs to figure out how to
pair their value with those teams. Get something that will position the Sharks
for a course correction and the opportunity to be competitive sooner than
Waiting out their contract as their skill decline just seems
like a slow and agonizing way to keep the Sharks mired in limbo.
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