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Top 20 NHL Players Who are Underpaid for Their Worth

When it comes to NHL players, it doesn’t really matter how hard they try, the bottom line is production. If you can’t produce on the ice and do your job then you’re not much use to your team and aren’t valued highly by them. Of course, different players produce in different ways since some are paid to stop the puck and others cash their paycheque for scoring goals and setting up teammates. If you’re making $7 million a year to lead the team in scoring and only manage to find the back of the net 15 to 20 times a season then you’re not earning your salary and are basically overpaid.

On the flip side of the coin, we have players who aren’t making the big bucks, but are producing at an equal or better rate than the league’s higher paid players. This list consists of 20 players who are underpaid when compared to others of similar talent in the league. This doesn’t mean they’re no-name or underrated players. It simply means they represent a great bargain for their clubs due to the relative value of their contracts. We have taken their age and contract status into consideration as well as their current and prior statistics. This includes the length of their contract and its average salary per year.

To make this a level playing field those who are presently on entry-level rookie contracts such as Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Jack Eichel of Buffalo haven’t been included. Also, players who are on the last year of a current deal and have already signed a contract extension with a well-deserved raise won’t be found here. When compared to many of their peers who make more money for offering the same or less value to their teams, these are the top 20 NHL players who are underpaid for their worth.

20 Gustav Nyquist

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19 Max Pacioretty

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18 Lee Stempniak

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17 Mark Stone

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16 Torey Krug

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15 Tomas Tatar

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14 Kyle Turris

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13 Jason Zucker

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12 Nail Yakupov

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11 Jiri Hudler

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10 Ryan Johansen

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9 Tyler Toffoli

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8 Kyle Okposo

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7 Ondrej Palat

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6 Tyler Seguin

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5 Tyler Johnson

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4 Jamie Benn

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Jamie Benn is the go-to guy for the Dallas Stars and his four-point output in last season’s finale earned the forward the scoring title. He’s another guy who has picked up where he left off last season and a second straight Art Ross Trophy isn’t out of the question. Benn was leading the NHL in goals and points in early November and could improve on last year’s totals of 35 goals, 52 assists and 87 points. Benn has been producing in Dallas since his rookie season of 22 goals and 41. Other than the shortened season, Benn’s goal and points total has increased each year and he’s just 26-years-old. He also chipped in with 4 goals and 5 points in 6 postseason games last year. Benn is the team captain, plays the power play and big minutes and at $5.75 million until the end of next season is quite a bargain.

3 Roman Josi

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2 John Tavares

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1 Victor Hedman

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Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman should win the Norris Trophy sooner or later due to his excellent play in both ends of the rink. The 24-year-old Swedish defenceman was drafted second overall by Tampa in 2009 and has lived up to his billing. Hedman had 192 points in his first 402 regular-season games and 23 points in 48 postseason encounters. He scored 93 points in 134 appearances over the past two years and led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup finals last season. He’s off to a fine start this season as well. However, he’s currently in the fourth season of a five-year deal which pays him an average of $4 million annually. This makes Hedman the fifth-highest paid blue liner on his own team.

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