Welcome to the DailyFaceoff UFA preview. Over the next 15 days, we’ll be profiling the top 30 players in this years UFA class, as listed by TSN. Contract information is from our friends at Puckpedia. Full UFA list via puckpedia here. Analytics provided by hockeyviz.com and naturalstattrick.com. Contract projections are done by evolving-hockey.com with the presumption contracts are signed between Oct. 9th and Nov. 9th.
Today, we’re looking at the eighth-ranked Anton Khudobin, the seventh-ranked Tyler Toffoli, the sixth-ranked Mike Hoffman, the fourth-ranked Jacob Markstrom, the third-ranked Torey Krug, the second-ranked Taylor Hall and the first-ranked Alex Pietrangelo. The fifth-ranked Robin Lehner re-signed with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Coming off an incredible season and playoff performance, Khudobin might be looking for a new home. He had one of his best years in the league at 34-years-old posting a career-high .930 save percentage and a 16-8-4 record. In the playoffs, he was lights out posting a 14-10 record and a .917 save percentage. He’s a great option in a busy goalie market for a 1B position.
Contract projection: N/A
With a tight cap, the Vancouver Canucks are letting Toffoli walk into free agency. He was acquired from the LA Kings at the trade deadline and scored 24 goals and 44 points in 68 games this year. Battling an injury, he only appeared in seven playoff games scoring four points. Nonetheless, he’s a dynamic two-way winger who can score lots and help out in his own zone, too.
Contract projection: Seven-year, $6.545-m AAV.
Nearly traded at the deadline, he hung around in Flordia and now is heading to the open market. While the boxcars are good as a consistent goalscorer, the underlying numbers suggest he’s more mediocre than his numbers show. He did, however, score 29 goals and 59 points this year and has found the back of the net 172 times in 493 games. He sure can shoot the pill, as they say.
Contract projection: Five-year, $6.557-m AAV.
Arguably the hottest commodity on the market, there’s lots of smoke about where Markstrom will land. An undeniable number one, he has been rock solid in net for the Canucks as a consistent high-end goalie. This year he had one of his best seasons stopping 91.8 percent of the shots he faced. He’ll be good for a long time.
Contract projection: N/A
A small but speedy puck-mover, Krug is known for his offensive output than his defensive acumen. He’s been a consistent point producer for the Bruins defence for the last decade but now, could be taking his talents elsewhere. This year he scored nine goals and 49 points in 61 games as his points per game total continue to climb in his career.
Contract projection: Five-year, $7.376-m AAV.
Number one overall draft picks don’t hit the free-agent market very often, but a superstar like Hall will have his choice of a new home. Dealt to Arizona in December, Hall posted solid numbers once again despite a mid-season trade. He scored 16 goals and 52 points in 65 games this year marking the lowest goals per game average of his career. Despite that, he’s still a Hart Trophy winner and teams will be lining up far and wide for his services.
Contract projection: Seven-year, $8.543-m AAV.
Much like Hall, a sure-fire top-pairing defenceman like Pietrangelo isn’t on the market often. But this right-shot stud, who has spent his whole 12-year career in St. Louis, is on the market. This past year he had the best offensive season of his career at 30 scoring 16 goals and 52 points in 70 games. Whoever lands him will be very happy.
Contract projection: Seven-year, $8.326-m AAV.
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