Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin has been money in the bank for Chicago this season … literally.
According to hockeyscap.com, Panarin is the best value in the NHL at $54,000 per point.
On an entry-level deal with a cap hit of $812,500, Panarin has 15 points this season on four goals and 11 assists.
He’s followed on the list by Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau (17 points at $54,412 per), the Rangers’ Oscar Lindberg (11 points at $59,091 per), Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (14 points at $66,071 per) and Florida’s Vincent Trocheck (10 points at $66,167 per).
Among players who have registered at least one point this season, Columbus’ David Clarkson’s was the most expensive, costing the Blue Jackets $5.25 million right now.
Among Blackhawks players, Bryan Bickell ($4 million cap hit) and Marcus Kruger ($1.5 million cap hit) have been the worst values. Bickell was recently sent down to AHL Rockford, taking his cap hit down to $3.05 million.
Neither player has registered an NHL point this season.
Panarin, 24, has made his transition from the KHL to the NHL look easy.
With two goals and an assist, Artemi Panarin has passed the injured Connor McDavid for the league lead in points (15) among rookies.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) November 9, 2015
He scored this dandy of a goal last night: