Which player gets the highest compensation in the NHL? Every ice hockey fan some day or another asks this question.
To answer this question we must be clear on the contract compensation and the annual compensation. If we look for the player with the highest paid contract then it is no other than Shea Weber whose contract is of $110 million but when it comes to annual paid money he is not the highest paid player.
So we will be considering the annual salary instead of the entire contract.
1. Nathan Mackinnon
NHL player from the Avalanche, Nathan Mackinnon recently signed a $100.8 million deal making him the highest paid player for the 2022-23 season.
His contract sums up to $12.6 million yearly. Mackinnon was drafted into the NHL by the Avalanche in 2013. At the age of only 18 years he was the 2nd youngest player at the tournament.
2. Connor McDavid
It was obvious to list the beast scorer McDavid on the no1 list but this time he is not, he comes 2nd from Mackinnon.
With an yearly salary of $12.5 million he lacks behind Nathan by $100,000.
Being the best player in the NHl he makes the most. We will not disclose his earnings earned from advertising done on social media only paid salary.
3. Artemi Panarin
Artemi Panarin is currently playing for the Rangers and is paid $11.642 million annually. He was drafted into the NHL by the Chicago Blackhawks in April 2015 and made his first NHL goal against the New York Rangers.
He is usually called with the nickname ‘Bread Man’
4. Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews is currently paid $11.64 million annually for playing in the Maple Leafs team. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Auston for a 5 year extension in Feb of 2019.
He is the first player in NHL history to score 4 goals in debut and also the top entry prospect for NHL entry draft.
5. Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson is currently signed for an 8-year deal with San Jose Sharks for which he is paid $11.5 million annually. He was drafted by Ottawa in 2008 and is often known for his offensive ability though he is a defenseman.
He was awarded with the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2012 and 2015.
6. Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl is currently enrolled for an 8-year deal of $68 million with the Edmonton Oilers which converts to $11.33 million annually. He tops the scoring list in the NHL and was 2nd in the 2020-21 season and 1st in the 2019-20 season.
The German born ice hockey player, Leon also won the Hart Trophy in 2020.
7. John Tavares
John Tavares is enrolled with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 7-year deal of $77 million. This converts to $11 million annually.
He was first drafted into the NHL by the New York Islanders in 2009 and first played against the Oilers which resulted into a 3-2 loss
8. Drew Doughty
His annual salary is even with that of John Taveres of $11 million. Drew Doughty is the second defenseman to top the highest paid players list.
The native of Ontario was drafted into the NHL in 2008 and has been awarded with the Stanley Cup twice.