The best deals in the NHL

Although National Hockey League (NHL) teams often tend to throw money out the window to attract the best players, it is not always necessary to pay a lot to acquire a reliable player.

Here are eight that are worth every dollar invested in them and are no doubt the pride of their CEOs.

Note that players who expire their entry contract, such as Jason Robertson, Adam Fox, Lucas Raymond or Trevor Zegras, were not selected.

Evan Rodrigues – Pittsburgh Penguins – $1,000,000

Jack Eichel’s partner at Boston University only needed a small opportunity to demonstrate the full extent of his talent. Rodrigues took advantage of injuries at the Penguins early in the season to move up the offensive hierarchy.

Author of 30 points in 33 games before Saturday’s games, the 28-year-old Ontarian has already established a career high offensively. At just $33,333 per point, Rodrigues is the biggest bargain this season.

Nicolas Roy – Vegas Golden Knights – $750,000

The Quebecer costs very little for everything he does in Vegas. Particularly effective in the playoffs, Roy transposed his successes in the regular season this year. The 6’4″ guy has 19 points in 34 games at minimum wage.

He will become a restricted free agent at the end of the campaign, and no doubt he will get his hands on a lot more money.

Oliver Kylington – Calgary Flames – $750,000

The only defender on this list, the Swede signed a two-part contract last summer. The way he plays, we won’t be seeing the 24-year-old in the American League anytime soon.

Seventh defenseman for the Flames last year, Kylington surprises many this season and leads the team backs with 19 points in 32 games.

Vitek Vanecek – Washington Capitals – $716,667

With such a small salary, Vanecek can be forgiven for his few mistakes. The 25-year-old Czech has been a busy assistant goaltender this season, appearing in nearly half of the Capitals’ games.

Like several players on this list, he will reach free agency this summer. His decent 6-4-5 record and .910 save percentage could convince more teams to invest in him.

Travis Boyd – Arizona Coyotes – $750,000

With 16 points in 24 games, Boyd is the Coyotes’ fourth leading scorer this season. It also costs a lot less than the Clayton Keller, Shayne Gostisbehere and Phil Kessel who precede it.

The 28-year-old, selected 177th overall in the 2011 draft, gets all the playing time he needs in Arizona.

Michael Bunting – Toronto Maple Leafs – $950,000

On the left wing, Bunting is proving to be a very effective complement to Auston Matthews and John Tavares on the Leafs’ first two lines. The Ontarian, who plays close to home, has amassed his share of points with 19 in 32 games.

Under contract for an additional season at a very honest salary, the former Coyotes has been very patient, he who performed well in the American League for five seasons before getting his chance.

Troy Terry – Anaheim Ducks – $1,450,000

Terry is playing the best hockey of his career with the dynamic Ducks squad. The right winger leads the team with 34 points and forms one of the most effective lines on the Bettman circuit with Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano.

Corey Perry – Tampa Bay Lightning – $1,000,000

No bargain list would be complete without good old Corey Perry. As he did with the Montreal Canadiens, the 36-year-old veteran stands out for his leadership and opportunism.

Perry already has 10 goals and 19 points in 36 games and is heading for his best tally in four years. His future in Tampa is also secured for another year.

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