Predators Novak In Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Scorers of 2023-2024

Predators Novak In Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Scorers of 2023-2024
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While the last few years have been anything but glorious for the Nashville Predators, that’s not to say that there haven’t been silver linings galore for the Volunteer State’s lone NHL franchise.   

One such bit of good news is the play of 27-year-old center Thomas Novak, who finished with 45 points in 71 games for the franchise this season, earning a point for every $17,777 that he earned during the league year.  

Novak, who was drafted by Nashville in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft, had a point share total of 4.3 in 2023-24, upping his 149-game career total to 9.2, while ranking second in the league in points per dollar earned.  

For this study, BetTennessee.com utilized CapFriendly to find the Top 10 NHL players in cap hit per point scored during the NHL regular season. For the rankings, any players on their entry-level contract were excluded. This study could assist those participating in TN sports betting

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Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Scorers of 2023-2024

Rank 

Player Name 

Cap Hit (2023-24) 

Points (2023-24) * 

$ Per Point* 

Avalanche W Jonathan Drouin 

$825,000 

56 

$14,732 

2 

Predators C Thomas Novak 

$800,000 

45 

$17,777 

Lightning W Brandon Hagel 

$1,500,000 

75 

$20,000 

Hurricanes W Stefan Noesen 

$762,500 

37 

$20,608 

Bruins W Danton Heinen 

$775,000 

36 

$21,527 

Lightning D Darren Raddysh 

$762,500 

33 

$23,106 

Canucks W Dakota Joshua 

$825,000 

32 

$25,781 

Bruins W James van Riemsdyk 

$1,000,000 

38 

$26,315 

Rangers D Erik Gustafsson 

$825,000 

31 

$26,612 

10 

Coyotes W Michael Carcone 

$775,000 

29 

$26,724 

*$ Per Point was rounded up for visual purposes 

Where Predators’ Novak Ranks NHL Wide

Across the 32-team league, Novak’s dollar-per-point total of $17,777 finished up as the second most efficient overall, behind Colorado Avalanche winger Jonathan Drouin, who had a $14,732 dollar per point total this season.  

Novak ranked ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Brandon Hagel ($20,000 per point), Carolina Hurricanes winger Stefan Noesen ($20,608 per point), Boston Bruins winger Danton Heinen ($21,527 per point) and Lightning blue liner Darren Raddysh ($23,106 per point).  

Rounding out the NHL list for the year was James van Riemsdyk of the Bruins, who earned $26,315 per point, while Erik Gustafsson of the New York Rangers earned $26,612 per point and Arizona Coyotes winger Michael Carcone made $26,724 per point this year.  

Looking back, there weren’t many players in the league that did more while earning less than Novak did for Nashville, which should parlay its way to a bigger payday sooner rather than later for the Minnesota native.  

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan writes for BetTennessee.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.