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I've discussed at great length value contracts in the NHL. Every team needs to have at least one or two to be successful. No team can be a perennial winner if they're consistently paying full value for every contract on the roster. 


Oiler's Value Deals

Edmonton has Brandon Davidson ($1.425 million), Patrick Maroon ($1.5 million), Darnell Nurse ($863K), and Leon Draisaitl ($925K) all on great value deals with the potential to play major roles on this team and contribute in a big way. One might argue even Nail Yakupov ($2.5 million) is a value deal if he gets an opportunity to play first line minutes and take advantage of it. Personally, I still think he has the potential to be a 20-25 goal winger in the NHL.

We can potentially add Adam Larsson ($4.16) and Oscar Klefbom ($4.17) to the list if they play a top-two defensive role all year and stay healthy. Crunching 23-25 minutes a night isn't easy and at just over $4 million, if they're good at it, it should be seen as good value.
Connor McDavid's entry level contract will be cap friendly, only until he signs his second contract and he sees a $10 million per year number associated to his 80-100 points every season. He's a superstar and there will come a time in the not-to-distant future that the Oilers will pay him like one.

Non-Value Deals

Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle top the list. It's not that these players will be unproductive, but Edmonton will be paying premium dollars for every point produced. Even if each has a tremendous season, $6 million dollar deals make it so that none of these contracts will ever be seen as a cap friendly contract. Lucic has the potential to turn into a very unfriendly cap situation in year four and beyond of his deal. 

Top Three Cap Friendly Contracts

To me, there are three players outside of McDavid (who I've excluded simply because he's Connor McDavid) who have the potential to be the most cap friendly contracts to the Oilers this year.

3rd Place

Patrick Maroon who is being paid by both the Oilers and the Ducks, but Edmonton is only on the hook for $1.5 million. If Maroon does what he did toward the end of the season last year, he could be good for 20 plus goals and 40 points. That's so far beyond $1.5 million it's a steal.

2nd Place

Leon Draisaitl comes in second place due to the performance bonuses attached to his deal. His entry-level contract numbers are fine, but if he hits his marks, the Oilers will be on the hook for another $2.475 million dollars. Leon should get plenty of playing time an opportunity to hit these bonuses.

1st Place

Brandon Davidson has no bonuses attached and is making $1.425 million. If he continues to progress and sees ample time in the top-four on defense, he'll blow this out to the water. 

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.

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