I forget where it was mentioned about player salaries and normal distribution and such... however I will throw out some info here:
According to NHLnumbers.com about 796 players counted towards the cap in 2011/2012. They ranged from Ovi at a cap hit north of 9mil to Stephen Gionta at 0.006 mil (1 game, league minimum).
The average cap hit was 1.966mil per player, the mid-point cap hit was lower at 1.2mil. Standard deviation was 1.88mil.
About 77% of players are +/- 1 StDev of the average. Only 5.5% are more than 2 StDevs away from the mean. Not that far off a normal distribution by these measures.
Incidentally, the average for games played was about 54 (53.8) and the mid-point was 63.
This data only pertained to cap hits for players in 2011/2012 so minor leaguers (Redden) or injured players (Savard) are not included. Goalies are also not included.
There is some question regarding consistency of their compilation with regards to players like Crosby who only played 22 games yet had a cap hit over 8mil listed.
On the whole though I'd say it is a fair ballpark look at salaries.
Anyway, make of it what you will.
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