The Highest-Paid NHL Players for 2021

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BetMGM Jun 16, 2021, 2:22 PM

Hockey is officially back as the NHL and NHL Players’ Association reached an agreement on Dec. 20 for the 2021 season. Training camp will begin on Dec. 31 and the official start date for the season is Jan. 13 for all of you NHL betting gurus out there.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2020 and will look to repeat in 2021 with three of the 25 highest-paid players in the NHL. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is tied for the fifth highest-paid player in the league as he is expected to make $13 million this year.

Auston Matthews remains a favorite in hockey odds and is currently the highest-paid NHL player this upcoming season at $15.9 million. Toronto signed the center to a five-year contract last season in a deal worth $58.17 million.

Here is a list of the highest-paid NHL players for the 2021 season:

RankPlayerTeamSalary
1Auston MatthewsToronto$15.9 million
2Mitch MarnerToronto$15 million
3Connor McDavidEdmonton$14 million
4Artemi PanarinNew York$13 million
T-5John TavaresToronto$12 million
T-5Erik KarlssonSan Jose$12 million
T-5Nicklas BackstromWashington$12 million
T-5Mikko RantenenColorado$12 million
T-5Sergei BobrovskyFlorida$12 million
T-5Andrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay$12 million
11Roman JosiNashville$11.7 million
12Sebastian AhoCarolina$10.5 million
T-13Brent BurnsSan Jose$10 million
T-13Jeff SkinnerBuffalo$10 million
T-13Jack EichelBuffalo$10 million
T-14Alex OvechkinWSH$10 million
T-14Drew DoughtyLos Angeles$10 million
T-14Jacob TroubaNew York$10 million
T-14Chris KreiderNew York$10 million
20Carey PriceMontreal$9.7 million
21Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh$9.6 million
T-22Evgeni MalkinPittsburgh$9.5 million
T-22Steven StamkosTampa Bay$9.5 million
T-24Leon DraisaitlEdmonton$9 million
T-24Nikita KucherovTampa Bay$9 million

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