Goal Scoring ROI: How Much Are NHL Players Paid Per Goal Scored?

June 18th, 2010 by Reed Kaufman Leave a reply »
The Free Agency period is almost upon us in the NHL and one area seems to be more in focus this offseason: goal scoring. It is very difficult to determine what kind of return a club gets on its financial investment in a hockey player. There are many factors to take into account when looking at the worth and value of NHL players—other than goal scoring.

This article will do none of that. We are only talking about goals, goals, and goals. Got it? Good.

What is a player who scores 50 goals per season worth per year?

$5 Million?
$7 Million?
$10 Million?

At $5 million a year, a player who scores 50 goals gets $100,000 per goal scored. That seems like a huge number, yet a 50 goal player should easily get paid more than $5 million.

At $10 million a year, that's $200,000. Seem ridiculous?

Here is a chart of the most prolific goal scorers of the last three years:


Players averaging 30 or more goals per season over the last three years

This chart is sorted by average goals scored over the past three years. These are the only pla ...

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