Buried in the high-profile masses of the 2013 NHL free-agency market lies a young and talented bunch of restricted free agents. They're waiting for their next pay raise and new contract just like every other player.
And while they may be restricted by definition, the possibility of finding a new team for 2013-14 always lingers in the shadows.
RFA offer sheets are becoming increasingly less taboo in the legally savvy universe of NHL general managers. In the past year alone, both Nashville's Shea Weber and Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly have signed such a contract (although both were matched by their current teams).
The costs in both cash and compensation—any offer-sheet salary above $3.3 million costs at least a first-round pick in return—are far from slim, yet the odds remain that at least one star 2013 RFA will sign an offer sheet at some point this summer.
Which restricted free agents are most likely to receive a mega-sized offer sheet in the coming month? We break down seven particularly good candidates on the coming slides.