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Top 10 highest paid NHL players 2021

Top 10 highest paid NHL players

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams-25 in the United States and 7 in Canada. It is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. 

The NHL draws many highly skilled players from all over the world. As an NHL player, you play for the chance to raise the Stanley Cup over your head at least once in your career. However, let’s be honest, you also play for the opportunity to be on the NHL payrolls, and when it comes to how much players earn, it’s quite the motivator. Keep reading down below to see who the highest-paid NHL athletes are.

From their current NHL salaries to how much they stand to earn in total in the duration of their contracts with their NHL teams. Even though playing in the NHL doesn’t pay as much as the other significant sports in the US, it’s clear from the figures above that NHL players can still earn at least six figures from playing in the league. Most of the players in the league will earn a couple million per year to go out and do what they love – play hockey.

Here are the top 10 highest paid NHL players.

Team: The Los Angeles Kings

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $11 million

Contract: 8 years, $88 million

Doughty is in the third season of his eight-year contract, one that has the fifth-highest total value in the NHL. Doughty is a two-time Stanley Cup champion in addition to being a member of the two All-Star first teams and two All-Star second teams. His best season was when he brought home the coveted Norris Trophy in the 2015-2016 campaign. In 2027, Doughty’s contract will end, making him a free agent. Closeup of ice hockey sticks lined up on the ice.

9. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Team: The Tampa Bay Lightning

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $11 million

Contract: 8 years, $76 million

Vasilevskiy was greatly rewarded after three consecutive seasons in the top-three for the Vezina Trophy voting, bringing home the prize after the 2018-2019 season with an outstanding .925 save percentage. His prize was an impressive $76 million contract which gives him the third-highest average compensation ($9.5 million) among all the other goalkeepers.

8. Mark Stone

Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $12 million

Contract: 8 years, $76 million

Stone brings home an impressive $12 million this season, the very same amount that he made in the 2019-2020 season, and both of these are the highest figures that he’ll make in yearly salary all through the duration of his eight-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. Stone’s $9.5 million average salary is tied for third-highest among all the NHL players who play at right-wing, following two players who did not make this list: Mitchell Marner and Patrick Kane, both of whom had contracts that were stacked more intensely in the front end.

7. Sergei Bobrovsky

Team: The Florida Panthers

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $12 million

Contract: 7 years, $70 million

Quite impressive for an underrated player, Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy twice, first in 2012-2013 and again in 2016-2017 with the Blue Jackets, and currently finds himself protecting the goal for the Panthers. Regardless of his hefty contract, he hasn’t performed well at all since he arrived in Florida. Stephen Ground of The Hockey Writers has even ranked him as the third-worst starting goalie in the NHL at the moment.

6. Nikita Kucherov

Team: The Tampa Bay Lightning

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $12 million

Contract: 8 years, $76 million

Kucherov missed the whole 2020-2021 regular season yet returned on schedule for the end of the season playoffs, leading his team to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Kucherov is currently out again on a long-term injury reserve; however, he’s expected to recover from his lower-body injury later this season. When he is healthy, he must certainly be considered as one of the top 10 or top 15 players in the NHL.

5. Carey Price

Team: The Florida Panthers

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $12 million

Contract: 7 years, $70 million

Quite impressive for an underrated player, Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy twice, first in 2012-2013 and again in 2016-2017 with the Blue Jackets, and currently finds himself protecting the goal for the Panthers. Regardless of his hefty contract, he hasn’t performed well at all since he arrived in Florida. Stephen Ground of The Hockey Writers has even ranked him as the third-worst starting goalie in the NHL at the moment.

4. Tyler Seguin

Team: The Tampa Bay Lightning

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $12 million

Contract: 8 years, $76 million

Kucherov missed the whole 2020-2021 regular season yet returned on schedule for the end of the season playoffs, leading his team to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Kucherov is currently out again on a long-term injury reserve; however, he’s expected to recover from his lower-body injury later this season. When he is healthy, he must certainly be considered as one of the top 10 or top 15 players in the NHL.

3. Artemi Panarin

Team: The New York Rangers

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $13 million

Contract: 7 years, $81.5 million

Panarin’s $11.6 million average salary is second in the NHL regardless of position, and he’s earned it. A player with a genuine contention to have a place in the top 10 players in the league, Panarin finished second in his assists with 63, and third in points with 95 in his magnificent 2019-2020 season, and his first goal of this season was one of the most memorable.

2. Erik Karlsson

Team: The San Jose Sharks

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $14.5 million

Contract: 8 years, $92 million

The Sharks forfeited a lot to acquire from the Senators and extend Karlsson, and it hasn’t been the most profitable endeavor so far. In any case, with a goal and three assists straightaway in the initial two games of the season, the expectation is that a return to elite-level play is yet to come for the 31-year-old defenseman.

1. Connor McDavid

Team: The Edmonton Oilers

2021-22 NHL Earnings: $15 million

Contract: 8 years, $100 million

This should not shock anyone, but it didn’t take long for McDavid, who is still only 24 years old, to cement himself as perhaps the best player in the league, as he brought home the Hart Trophy for the second time last season. McDavid is the head of the pack yet again this season, with a huge lead in the odds to win. He’s sitting at +190 while the runner up Nathan MacKinnon is at +650.

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