It's a tough job for a team to manage salaries. Contracts can range from great value all the way down to Scott Gomez, and sometimes it's hard to predict what sort of value a team is going to get from a signing.
Point production is key for offensive players, but it's also important to get a good value for the production. Steven Stamkos leads the league in both goals and points, but his $8 million salary demands those kind of numbers.
Likewise, Evgeni Malkin's production has been blistering this year, but the cost still comes out to more than $111,000 per point.
The following players are the best possible scenario for owners—low salary and high production. Simply put, they yield the greatest returns.