Multiple Bruins In Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Scorers of 2023-2024

Two of the most efficient players on a points per dollar earned basis in the NHL hail from the Boston Bruins, in veteran wingers Danton Heinen and James van Riemsdyk.  

Between Heinen, who scored 36 points on a salary cap hit of $775,000 for Boston this season, and his fellow winger van Riemsdyk, who made $1 million in a season where he scored 38 points, the pair finished among the 10 most undervalued players in the 32-team league. 

For this study, utilized CapFriendly to find the top 10 NHL players in cap hit per point scored during the regular season. For the rankings, any players on their entry-level contract were excluded.  

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Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Scorers of 2023-2024


Player Name 

Cap Hit (2023-24) 

Points (2023-24) * 

$ Per Point* 

Avalanche W Jonathan Drouin 




Predators C Thomas Novak 




Lightning W Brandon Hagel 




Hurricanes W Stefan Noesen 




Bruins W Danton Heinen 




Lightning D Darren Raddysh 




Canucks W Dakota Joshua 




Bruins W James van Riemsdyk 




Rangers D Erik Gustafsson 





Coyotes W Michael Carcone 




*$ Per Point was rounded up for visual purposes 

Where Bruins Forwards Rank NHL Wide

Across the 32 team league, Heinen had the fifth lowest dollar per point total in the NHL’s 2023-24 season, at $21,527, while van Riemsdyk finished eighth overall with a total of $26,315 per point. Both were a boon to the Bruins last season across Massachusetts sports betting.

The most efficient players in the league wound up being Jonathan Drouin of the Colorado Avalanche ($14,732 per point), while Thomas Novak of the Nashville Predators ($17,777 per point), Tampa Bay Lightning winger Brandon Hagel ($20,000 per point) and Stefan Noesen of the Carolina Hurricanes ($20,608 per point) were the next closest.  

Heinen finished the year with 36 points, while van Riemsdyk had 38 points, which ranked well behind the leaders points wise on the most efficient list, with Hagel (75 points), Drouin (56 points) and Novak (45 points) leading the way.  

Of the 10 players, Hagel had the largest salary cap hit at $1.5 million, while van Riemsdyk was the only other player on the list to make seven figures this season, coming in at $1 million on the dot.  

The veteran of 1,011 NHL games finished ahead of Erik Gustafsson of the New York Rangers, who earned $26,612 per point, while Michael Carcone of the Arizona Coyotes rounded out the top 10 this season, with a dollar per point total of $26,724.  

USA Today photo by Bob DeChiara.

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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