The NHL is a rich man’s game.
Players are making more money than ever, with the highest-paid player in the league earning $15.9 million this season.
The Vancouver Canucks don’t have anyone in that stratosphere, but they do have a large middle class. As a rebuilding franchise, Vancouver is projected to have the 26th-highest payroll in the NHL this season.
While important players like Bo Horvat, Chris Tanev, and Alex Edler are among the team’s highest-paid players, production and salary don’t always align.
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Vancouver’s highest-paid player, both in terms of salary and cap hit, is Loui Eriksson. Need I say more?
Eriksson scored just 24 points in 2016-17 and 23 points in 2017-18 – well below the 63-point season he had in Boston before Jim Benning signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract.
Erik Gudbranson will be paid $5 million this season – tied for third-highest on the team despite averaging the fifth-most minutes among Canucks blueliners this year and last.
Among the underpaid players are two of the team’s best – Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson – who are both on rookie contracts. Though their base salaries are low, they will earn more through performance bonuses.
Here’s the full list, ordered by 2018-19 salary:
|Loui Eriksson||Forward||$6 million||$7 million|
|Bo Horvat||Forward||$5.5 million||$7 million|
|Chris Tanev||Defenceman||$4.45 million||$5 million|
|Erik Gudbranson||Defenceman||$4 million||$5 million|
|Alex Edler||Defenceman||$5 million||$4.5 million|
|Jay Beagle||Forward||$3 million||$4.4 million|
|Brandon Sutter||Forward||$4.38 million||$4.38 million|
|Sven Baertschi||Forward||$3.37 million||$4 million|
|Antoine Roussel||Forward||$3 million||$3.8 million|
|Jacob Markstrom||Goaltender||$3.67 million||$3.6 million|
|Michael Del Zotto||Defenceman||$3 million||$3 million|
|Ben Hutton||Defenceman||$2.8 million||$2.8 million|
|Troy Stecher||Defenceman||$2.33 million||$2.33 million|
|Anders Nilsson||Goaltender||$2.5 million||$2 million|
|Tim Schaller||Forward||$1.9 million||$1.9 million|
|Markus Granlund||Forward||$1.48 million||$1.48 million|
|Derrick Pouliot||Defenceman||$1.1 million||$1.1 million|
|Jake Virtanen||Forward||$1.25 million||$1 million|