The "Middle-Class" of NHL Forwards
The "middle-class" of NHL Forwards is a small group, and their production does not reach the level of the top paid players.
All data obtained using the PuckPedia.com Player Dashboard.
Of the Top 30 Points, other than 4 on Entry Level Deals (Marner, Point, Rantanen, Aho), there were no players with a cap hit less than Kucherov’s $4.77M. In the top 50 of points, only 3 (Couturier, Teravainen, Domi) had cap hit less than Kucherov's $4.77M other than those on Entry Level Contracts.
Only 23% of Forwards who played 40+ Games had a Cap Hit between $2M and $4.7M. Those Forwards averaged 14 Goals & 33 Points. Players with a Cap Hit less than $2M averaged 12 Goals & 27 Points. There was very little additional production in Forwards who were paid $2M to $4.7M compared to the less expensive Forwards under $2M.
Will this lead to an even greater disparity where teams pay their top players big amounts, and everyone else is close to the minimum?