In any free economy there is a standard for determining value of a currency, historically gold was considered the standard, which is where the term Gold Standard comes from. In the NHL the Gold Standard is Connor McDavid, he is widely considered the best player in the world, a generational talent. Many people feel that once Connor signed his contract no player will/can/could sign above the standard his contract set. Enter our two RFA stars who until recently were both up for contracts, one recently signed for $11.6 million per year over 5 years and the other is yet to be signed. I thought in terms of production, if they had equal TOI how do our two stars compare to the gold standard. I based this purely on how many points should our players have if they had equal TOI to Connor, there is no allowance for any other factors. Assuming that Mitch and Austin are conditioned to carry Connors TOI, to my surprise extrapolating production over similar TOI, Matthews and Mitch actually compare very favorably. Connor currently has 31 goals, 49 assists, for 80 points over 54 games, with a total TOI of 1231 minutes. First Matthews, as he is already signed, he currently has 24 goals and 23 assist over 41 games, with a total TOI of 749 minutes. If we assume Matthews played similar TOI to Connors 1231 minutes, that works out to 39 goals and 38 assists, for 77 points for Matthews. Now on to Mitch, he currently has 20 goals and 46 assist over 55 games, with a total TOI of 1082 minutes. If we assume Mitch played similar TOI to Connors 1231 minutes, that works out to 23 goals and 52 assists, for 75 points for Mitch. Again for those that missed it earlier, this is purely a math exercise, there is no allowance for variables like teams they play vs, Connor might play vs better defensive teams or visa versa. Connors conditioning may be better than Mitch and/or Matthews therefore he can play at that high level of TOI. Team style may have an influence, one team may have better structure / more opportunities for one team vs the others. Quality of teammates, Connor mat have more opportunities because his team is not as deep as the Leafs and so on and so on.