Which Detroit Red Wings Players Offer The Most Value This Season?

Which Detroit Red Wings Players Offer The Most Value This Season?
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It’s been a slog of a season for the Detroit Red Wings, who are currently seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 34 games to play.  

Barring a late-season turnaround across Michigan betting sites, the Red Wings are on pace to miss the postseason for a seventh straight season, matching the franchise’s longest drought since 1970.  

Despite the Derek Lalonde-coached team being on the outside of the playoff bracket looking in, there have still been a few players that have carried their fair share of the load on the ice this season.  

BetMichigan.com utilized HockeyReference.com to gather the salary information and point shares (including offensive and defensive). Once acquiring that information, we divided the salary by the player’s point shares to determine the players’ current value at this point in the NHL 2022-23 season. For goalies, we used the goalie shares metric on HockeyReference.com.

Here’s what we found for the Red Wings, who BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan has at +50000 to win the Atlantic Division in 2023.

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Most Undervalued Red Wings on '22-23 Roster

Player2022-23 Cap Hit2022-23 Point SharesValue (Salary Per Point Share)*
D Jake Walman$1,050,0002.7$388,889
D Olli Maatta$2,250,0003.0$750,000
F Michael Rasmussen$1,460,0001.9$768,421
* — Rounded to nearest whole number.

What Makes The Detroit Trio Special

The aforementioned trio of Walman, Maatta and Rasmussen have punched above their respective weight classes, when it comes to point production per dollar earned.  

That’s because the trio has combined for 47 points this season, with a plus/minus of 14, providing a solid backbone on both ends of the ice for the youthful Red Wings.  

That point production looks even better when you factor in that the trio has chipped in an average value (salary per point share) of $635,770 per player, when you divide the three players’ combined salary ($4.760 million) by their 2022-23 point shares (7.6).  

That means Detroit, despite likely missing out on the postseason again in 2023 across Michigan betting apps, has a solid core of young players to build around in 2024 and beyond.  

Add in forwards Dylan Larkin and Dominik Kubalik, who have scored 29 goals combined this year, and you have the right ingredients for a playoff run in the years ahead.  

For now, at least GM Steve Yzerman can count on the dynamic blue line duo of Matta and Walman and the youthful energy of Rasmussen to energize the franchise in the years ahead, providing further value for a team in dire need of it. 

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Christopher Boan is a staff writer for BetMichigan.com. He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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