Let’s be honest. At the highest level of professional sports the vast majority of athletes are overpaid.
Then again, if you’re among the best at your sport in the entire world you’re likely an invaluable commodity to your team. In that sense, it’s hard to argue that the very best hockey players are overpaid, especially in a salary cap system.
With that being said, this list is designed to reveal if the highest paid players in the NHL are really the best players and if they are truly worth the money they’re being paid.
However, instead of simply giving a yes or no answer to the question, I’ve decided to create a pay scale rating system. The scale ranges from one to five. One represents a player who is extremely overpaid and isn’t even coming close to earning his massive contract, while five represents a player who is truly worth the money he’s making. The numbers in between represent how close a player is to being worth what he’s earning.
The criteria for the highest paid players are based on the 13 top cap hits in the league. All contract figures are courtesy of cappgeek.com.