NHL Salary Band Masterpost (Forwards)

So yesterday I posted a bunch of charts to twitter breaking down salaries, not cap hits, by price ranges, in an effort to help us better evaluate the historical effectiveness of our teams’ GMs.

First, please remember these charts are forwards only. Points per 60 and Primary Points per 60 (Goals+Primary Asissts per 60 minutes played) are not particularly good evaluators of Defensemen, as that’s not the function of that role.

Second, these charts are in all situations played, including penalty kill and power play time. Why not use 5v5? Because players get paid for work on special teams, too.

Last, this includes (hopefully) every single contract that a team has touched within the span of 2006-15. These tools are meant more as a way to evaluate GMs than to call out specific players (though it’s pretty easy to figure out who some of them are. Hi Benn! Hi Seguin!)

To give us a jumping off point, here are a breakdown of the NHL averages.

NHL Averages

NHL Salary Bands - All Sitch P60

As you can see, the boxes indicate similar levels of play across salary bands, making it hard to justify large contracts unless players are going way above and beyond those levels.

NHL Salary Bands - Poss&UsageHere you can see that typically your defensive forwards have lower Scoring Chances For% Relative to their team, but that’s not unexpected when you play more time in the Defensive Zone (especially when you remember that PK time is added here, too). The only blip in this is when high potential forwards are on Entry Level Contracts (that $0.6-1m band) as they tend to get sheltered Zone Starts and produce better possession numbers.

Going forward, I only used SCF% Rel, as it is producing similar outcomes to CF% Rel, and has been shown to be a better predictor of goals.

A few questions that are not yet answered by these charts, but that I will be trying to follow up on:

1) How do we evaluate defensemen by salary bands?
2) Does this landscape change significantly if we just look at UFA/RFA years?
3) Does this change significantly if we pull out ELCs?
4) What is the impact of a single GM?

Anyway, here are all 30 teams, in alphabetical order by location, presented without commentary.

Anaheim

ANA vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit ANA v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Arizona (includes time spent as Phoenix)

ARI vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit ARI v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Boston

BOS vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit BOS v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Buffalo

BUF vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit BUF v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Calgary

CGY vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit CGY v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Carolina

CAR vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit CAR v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Chicago

CHI vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit CHI v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Colorado

COL vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit COL v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Columbus

CBJ vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit CBJ v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Dallas

DAL vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit DAL v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Detroit

DET vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit DET v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Edmonton

EDM vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit EDM v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Florida

FLA vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit FLA v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Los Angeles

LA vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit LA v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Minnesota

MIN vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit MIN v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Montreal

MTL vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit MTL v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Nashville

NSH vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit NSH v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

New Jersey

NJ vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit NJ v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

New York Islanders

NYI vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit NYI v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

New York Rangers

NYR vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit NYR v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Ottawa

OTT vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit OTT v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Philadelphia

PHI vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit PHI v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&UsagePittsburgh

PIT vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit PIT v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

San Jose

SJ vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit SJ v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

St Louis

STL vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit STL v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Tampa Bay

TB vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit TB v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Toronto

TOR vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit TOR v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Vancouver

VAN vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit VAN v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Washington

WSH vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit WSH v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

Winnipeg (includes time spent as Atlanta)

WPG vs NHL Salary Bands AllSit WPG v NHL Salary Bands - Poss&Usage

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