This data examines the costliest three players on each team, totals their cap hits and determines their contribution to each of their teams payrolls. The data has left out any contracts coming into effect next season, except for McDavid’s massive 12.5 Million dollar cap hit. I made a separate cell for this.

That being said lets start on the lowest cap hit from the top 3 players in an organization. Toronto currently has Marleau, Horton and Lupul on their payroll contributing the highest salaries on the young franchise. Only Marleau is still an active member of the roster. The Leafs are currently over the cap by 3 million, but the 16 million total salary from their highest earners contributes to only 21.683% of their cap.

In contrast the highest paid trio is held by Chicago’s Kane, Toews, and Seabrook. They combine for a whopping $27,875,000, or 37.14% of their cap. Perennial powerhouse, there is a trend of top heavy contracts in the NHL. While Chicago has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row, they still have 3 cups in the last 7 years, and won their division last season.

The next highest concentration of superstars is from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin, Crosby and Letang total $25,450,000, or 35.485% of their cap hit. With back to back cups there clearly is a winning formula having two of the best forwards in the league, along with stud Letang.

A near third on this list is Nashville. Currently Nashville’s 3 highest paid players are Subban, Ry Jo and Pekka Rinne. This trio totals $24,000,000, good for 34.826% of their teams cap hit. The Preds were a few games away from winning the Cup and their budget along with their stacked D core show a winning future.

While these numbers are fudged slightly, as I am using this years salary cap and this years total cap hit for McDavids contract. As we know, his contract comes into effect next season. But because it is the largest contract in the league I couldn’t leave it out. With McDavid, Draisaitl and Lucic as the hjghest earners on the Oilers, their combined cap hit rests at 27 million, exactly 36% of the 75 million dollar cap.

The next two teams are the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals. Both perennial powerhouses. Of these teams

The chart below details the breakdown of each team and their respective budgets. It is worth noting that aside from the Leafs (who were run almost entirely by rookies) the next lowest percentage is owned by a playoff team is St. Louis. With 28.938%, the Blues showed their depth. The Flames, Sens, and Wild were the only other playoff teams with their 3 highest paid players not reaching 30% of their cap hit.

The average percentage among playoff teams is 31.763%, whereas non playoff teams averaged 28.906%. This indicates a smaller concentration of spending and having less talented or ‘franchise’ players on their teams.

3 Highest Paid Players 1 2 3 Total Cap Hit % Of Cap Hit
TEAM
Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Mike Green, Thomas Tatar $6,083,333.000 $6,000,000.000 $5,300,000.000 $17,383,333.000 $78,946,212.000 22.019%
Toronto Maple Leafs Patrick Marleau, Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul $6,250,000.000 $5,300,000.000 $5,250,000.000 $16,800,000.000 $77,479,167.000 21.683%
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Alexander Radulov $9,500,000.000 $7,500,000.000 $6,250,000.000 $23,250,000.000 $75,196,355.000 30.919%
Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook $10,500,000.000 $10,500,000.000 $6,875,000.000 $27,875,000.000 $75,034,795.000 37.149%
Minnesota Wild Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu $7,538,462.000 $7,538,462.000 $6,750,000.000 $21,826,924.000 $72,858,591.000 29.958%
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alex Pietrangelo $7,500,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $6,500,000.000 $21,000,000.000 $72,569,167.000 28.938%
New York Islanders Jordan Eberle, Johnny Boychuk, John Tavares $6,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $5,500,000.000 $17,500,000.000 $72,015,833.000 24.300%
New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Kevin Shattenkirk $8,500,000.000 $7,800,000.000 $6,650,000.000 $22,950,000.000 $71,949,444.000 31.897%
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Ryan Callahan $8,500,000.000 $7,875,000.000 $5,800,000.000 $22,175,000.000 $71,749,167.000 30.906%
Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin, Sydney Crosby, Kris Letang $9,500,000.000 $8,700,000.000 $7,250,000.000 $25,450,000.000 $71,720,000.000 35.485%
Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler $8,625,000.000 $8,250,000.000 $6,875,000.000 $23,750,000.000 $71,684,167.000 33.131%
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom $9,538,462.000 $7,800,000.000 $6,700,000.000 $24,038,462.000 $70,910,107.000 33.900%
Ottawa Senators Bobby Ryan, Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson $7,250,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $6,500,000.000 $20,750,000.000 $70,187,500.000 29.564%
Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Andrew MacDonald $8,275,000.000 $8,250,000.000 $5,000,000.000 $21,525,000.000 $69,859,167.000 30.812%
Vegas Golden Knights Marc Andre Fleury, David Clarkson, James Neal $5,750,000.000 $5,250,000.000 $5,000,000.000 $16,000,000.000 $69,375,832.000 23.063%
Nashville Predators P.K Subban, Ryan Johansen, Pekka Rinne $9,000,000.000 $8,000,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $24,000,000.000 $68,913,333.000 34.826%
Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown $10,000,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $5,875,000.000 $22,875,000.000 $68,168,560.000 33.557%
Buffalo Sabres Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Jason Pominville $7,500,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $5,600,000.000 $19,100,000.000 $68,078,691.000 28.056%
Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan $6,750,000.000 $6,750,000.000 $6,375,000.000 $19,875,000.000 $67,834,210.000 29.299%
Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Loui Eriksson $7,000,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $20,000,000.000 $67,624,999.000 29.575%
Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Scheifele, Toby Enstrom $7,600,000.000 $6,125,000.000 $5,750,000.000 $19,475,000.000 $66,961,666.000 29.084%
Edmonton Oilers (with McDavid in 2018 Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Milan Lucic $12,500,000.000 $8,500,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $27,000,000.000 $75,000,000 (Adjusted Cap) 36.000%
Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl, Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins $8,500,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $20,500,000.000 $66,672,000.000 30.748%
Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber, Carey Price, Thomas Plekanec $7,857,143.000 $6,500,000 $6,000,000.000 $20,357,143.000 $66,537,977.000 30.595%
San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, Logan Couture $8,000,000.000 $8,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $22,000,000.000 $66,290,500.000 33.187%
Boston Bruins David Krejci, Tuuka Rask, Patrice Bergeron $7,250,000.000 $7,000,000.000 $6,875,000.000 $21,125,000.000 $64,848,335.000 32.576%
Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau $7,500,000.000 $6,350,000.000 $5,900,000.000 $19,750,000.000 $64,114,999.000 30.804%
Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson $6,300,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $18,300,000.000 $63,372,262.000 28.877%
Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin, Brandon Dubinsky $7,425,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $5,850,000.000 $19,275,000.000 $62,112,975.000 31.032%
Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk $6,000,000.000 $5,725,000.000 $4,833,333.000 $16,558,333.000 $57,799,166.000 28.648%
New Jersey Devils Taylor Hall, Cory Schneider, Travis Zajac $6,000,000.000 $6,000,000.000 $5,750,000.000 $17,750,000.000 $56,237,501.000 31.563%
Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Bolland $6,500,000.000 $5,500,000.000 $5,500,000.000 $17,500,000.000 $55,710,380.000 31.412%

 

 

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