2016-2017 is a brand new season when it comes to NHL (National Hockey League) contracts. Many of them got extended, some got old and retired while some decided to take their chances abroad in European leagues. There’s plenty of excitement around salary cap increases for this season which means more money for some of the elite players in the league. Each team is allowed to have a total of 23 guys under their roster, 20 skaters and three goalies.
For each player, there’s a salary cap hit involved, which is the number you see on their recent contracts. For example, Connor McDavid has an annual cap hit of $3.775 million with Edmonton Oilers for this season all dollar figures are in millions.
average nhl salary 2016
- Forwards: $2,817,500
- Defensemen: $2,575,000
- Goalies: $1,150,000
- Maximum player salary: $14 million (over 35)
- draft pick salary chart 2016
Draft picks under 3 years of pro experience are subject to a maximum entry level salary according to their draft position. Picks over the limit have the same contract rules as NHL players. All entry level contracts have a maximum length of 2 years with an option for the club to extend it by 1 more year.
How much money do NHL players make on average per year?
Forwards: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers $6 million Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins $10.9 million Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks $10.5 million Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks $10 million Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues $7.5 million defensemen: P.K Subban, Montreal Canadiens $9 million Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens $7.857 million Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks $8 million goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets $7.425 million Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers $8.5 million Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens $6.5 million
NHL top paid players
Some of the best players in the world get to play for some of the worst teams and vice versa, without any close connection to their performance. For example, Sidney Crosby is one of the highest paid NHL hockey players and he’s playing for Pittsburgh Penguins who had a less than average season and will most likely miss the playoffs. Not to mention he didn’t have the best season himself.
How does the salary cap affect team spending on player salaries in the NHL 2016 season?
An important thing to mention is that the salary cap does not affect the total amount a team can spend on player salaries. The NHL has a soft-cap, meaning there’s multiple ways for teams to exceed it by utilizing the LTIR (long term injured reserve). Also, some teams have been given exemptions from the league because of their financial situation.
In the NHL, a salary cap is placed on how much each team can spend on player salaries. This number is determined by the revenue earned from ticket sales and scalped tickets, TV rights, merchandising and league wide sponsorship. The salary cap for the 2015-2016 season was at $71.4 million USD .
What is the average salary for a rookie player in the NHL 2016 season, and how has it changed over time?
The first thing we’ll do today is take a look at average rookie player salary for this upcoming season. We’ll break it down by forwards, defensemen and goaltenders to better analyze which positions in the NHL are currently most valued when it comes to salaries.
Average nhl salary per year 2016 Below you can see cap hit distribution in number of players (minimum of 20 games played) on every team. Salary cap space may not be exact, especially if there are injured players in the lineup they count on the payroll too and it affects how much a team can spend money on free agents.