Vulgar Statistics: Production vs. Pay
This player is overpaid! Get the pitchforks! You hear it every year, someone isn’t earning the sackfuls of cash they receive from the franchise. Sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes the fans all board the same hate train for one player for no real reason. So, which Sabres don’t see their production living up to the dollar signs?
I’m only going to measure the forwards because their production is a much better indication of their value than a defenseman’s. A defenseman can go an entire year with minimal points and still be productive, a forward really can’t.
So…um…yeah, Derek Roy everyone, wooo! I think the most interesting player is Paul Gaustad. On the ice, Gaustad’s contract simply hasn’t looked very good. Giving that amount of money to a player who really isn’t that offensively talented seems like a waste. However, this season he’s actually earning his pay. When you factor in how good he’s been on faceoffs (64.9%, third in the league among players with more than 50 faceoffs taken), his contract even looks even better.
Now, take that with a grain of salt though, the team isn’t playing well right now. Vanek, Pominville, and Hecht aren’t scoring. Ideally their numbers would be a bit better, and Gaustad’s offensive contribution would be diminished. Other than that, what can you say? I don’t think any team is going to play well when its two highest paid players aren’t even coming close to living up to their contracts.
Derek Roy everyone!