Bang For The Buck: November Edition

A month ago I started a segment in which I look at who the top bargain players in the NHL are on a month-to-month basis.

October saw Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron grab the top spot as the best bargain player in the league but he has since been surpassed by a red hot goalie from the St. Louis Blues.

Here is who made the cut in November’s edition of Bang For The Buck:

[Here’s the October Edition]

*Note: The list does not include players who are still working off their rookie contracts
*Previous ranking in brackets

10. (NR) Tyler BozakToronto Maple Leafs
Cap hit- 1.500
22 GP, 6 G, 10 A
Most laughable comparison: Colby Armstrong- Cap Hit of 3.000 (5 GP, 0 G, 0 A)
*The injury to Mikhail Grabovski allowed Bozak to slide onto the Leafs top line where he has thrived playing alongside Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul

9. (NR) Jason Chimera, Washington Capitals
Cap hit- 1.875
22 GP, 9 G, 5 A, +8
Most laughable comparison: Alex Semin- Cap hit of 6.700 (21 GP, 5 G, 5 A, -3)
*On a team with Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom it is Chimera who leads the Caps in goals. Enough said.

8. (7) Sheldon Souray, Dallas Stars
Cap hit- 1.650
23 GP, 4 G, 9 A, +9
Most laughable comparison: None
*Has been a tower of power in both zones for one of the league’s most underrated defense cores

7. (5) Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Cap hit- 1.500
24 GP, 6 G, 13 A, + 12
Most laughable comparison: None
*Veteran forward should continue to produce now that #87 is back as his center

Jose Theodore Panthers

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6. (NR) Jose Theodore, Florida Panthers
Cap hit- 1.500
17 GP, 9-4-3, 2.37 GAA, 0.92 save%
Most laughable comparison: Scottie Upshall- cap hit of 3.500 (15 Gp, 1 G, 2 A)
*Has backstopped the surprising Panthers to the top of of the Southeast division

5. (3) Jason Garrison, Florida Panthers
Cap hit
- 0.675
23 GP, 8 G, 4 A, +8
Most laughable comparison: Upshall
*”Boom-Boom” is living up to his nickname by leading all blueliners with eight goals

4. (NR) Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Cap hit- 1.625
24 GP, 10 G, 9 A
Most laughable comparison: Scott Gomez- cap hit of 7.357 (13 GP, 0 G, 5 A)
*With a power-forward’s size and a gifted scoring ability Pacioretty is becoming just that; a goal scoring power-forward

3. (2) Kyle Wellwood, Winnipeg Jets
Cap hit- 0.700
23 GP, 7 G, 10 A
Most laughable comparison: Brian Little- cap hit of 2.383 (23 GP, 6 G, 5 A)
*Leading Jets in scoring and has arguably been the club’s most consistent forward.
2. (1) Marc-Andre Bergeron, Tampa Bay Lightning
Cap hit- 1.000
22 GP, 3 G, 16 A. +5
Most laughable comparison: Eric Brewer- cap hit of 3.850 (22 Gp, 0 G, 6 A, -5)
*Offensive-defenseman racking up points and is also playing surprisingly well in his own end
1. (NR) Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Cap hit- 0.600
12 Gp, 10-1, 1.31 GAA, 0.95 save%
Most laughable comparison: Jaroslav Halak- cap hit of 3.750 (12 GP, 3-7-2, 2.57 GAA, 0.90 save %
*The NHL’s hottest goalie has stolen the number one job from Halak and was one of November’s top performers.
Brian Elliott Blues

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Andrew Sykes

Andrew Sykes

Resident of Windsor, Ontario. Extensive knowledge of both the NHL and junior hockey in Canada, particularly the OHL. Writer for THW covering the Winnipeg Jets and the OHL as well as covering Phoenix Coyotes prospects for Hockey's Future.

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