Top 10 next $10-million men

Tom Collins

2018-04-23

 

For those of us in cap leagues, the season never truly ends. We’re always trying to keep an eye on the next big contract and how it might impact our team.

It seems as if the $10-million mark will now be the standard for big-money contracts. This past season, only three players had $10-million cap hits (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Anze Kopitar). Next year, that number at least doubles (Jack Eichel, Carey Price and Connor McDavid), with a couple of more to be possibly added to that list.

Below are 10 players that have a shot at joining the $10-million club. All of these players will be free agents either this summer or in 2019. Of course, not all of these players will make $10 million a season as some of them may take a hometown discount. However, it’s a situation to monitor closely in cap leagues. Keep in mind that even players that are free agents in 2019 can sign their extensions starting this summer.

 

10. Brock Boeser

Don’t forget Vancouver is about to inherit a ton of cap space with the Sedin twins retiring. If Boeser can stay healthy as a sophomore and improves on this year’s numbers (a 38-goal, 73-point pace), then he is certainly in the running for a massive contract when he becomes an RFA in 2018. I personally think he’ll sign a smaller shorter-term deal rather than get $10 million right off the bat, but stranger things have happened.

 

9. Tyler Seguin

Seguin is one of the more interesting cases on this list. He’s averaged just under a point-per-game since joining Dallas and will be 27 years old when he’s a UFA next summer. The Stars will have plenty of cap space to re-sign him at that stage, and he’ll be valuable to teams that covet a centre. But is Seguin worth $10 million a year? All it takes is one team that really believes he’s the missing piece and bam, massive overpayment.

 

8. Artemi Panarin

No matter where he goes, Panarin puts up points: KHL, world championship, the Blackhawks and now Columbus. The 26-year-old has 233 points in 243 career NHL games, has missed a total of three games over three NHL seasons, is a power-play specialist and a threat every time he is on the ice. Columbus has the cap space once Panarin is a free agent in 2019, and Panarin would easily be able to command $10 million on the open market.

 

7. Blake Wheeler

Wheeler has 243 points in the past three seasons, fifth-highest in the league, and his 168 assists in that time span puts him third. An unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019, Wheeler’s odds at making $10 million increase dramatically if he leaves Winnipeg. In the next year, Connor Hellebucyk, Jacob Trouba, Kyle Connor and