Every year a number of NHL players receive new contracts containing pay raises. This usually occurs during the offseason free-agent period, though at times players are also re-signed prior to their eligibility for free agency. Sometimes these raises are criticized by fans or pundits questioning the justification behind the pay increase.
The respective performances of the 10 players on this list make them worthy of significant pay increases. Some are established stars while others are promising talents on the rise. Several are currently restricted free agents, while others are eligible for free agency next summer.
Current salary, overall performance in consecutive seasons, arbitration rights and projected salary factored into this ranking.