With NHL free agency slowing down, it's a good time to reflect on some of the big contracts that were signed.
A contract that lucrative is fairly common for big-name forwards, as it is much easier to quantify a forward's production than a defenseman's. Consider, before the 2010 offseason, each of the five largest NHL contracts were signed by forwards.
Sidney Crosby signed a 12-year, $104.4 million deal, which is $8.7 million per year. Alex Ovechkin has a 13-year, $124 million contract.
Forwards get the big deals, but this offseason, two defensemen have cashed in big.
If talented young defensemen can earn $6.5 million per year like Karlsson, we may see some young blueliners sign some big contracts in the future.
Here are five young (23 or younger) defensemen who could break out and sign big contracts soon.