Brock Faber, Minnesota Wild defenseman, skates with the puck
Will Brock Faber's big raise make him the Wild's highest-paid defenseman? Get the latest contract rumors and analysis.

The Minnesota Wild are facing a crucial decision regarding the future of their blue line. Rookie defenseman Brock Faber has exploded onto the scene, showcasing skills and poise exceeding expectations for a first-year player.

Now in his second season on an entry-level contract, Faber is already drawing comparisons to NHL stars like Charlie McAvoy and Miro Heiskanen.

Is Brock Faber the Next Charlie McAvoy?

Faber’s potential to become a top-pairing cornerstone has the hockey world buzzing. Earning Calder Trophy consideration as the league’s best rookie only adds fuel to the fire.

With contracts like McAvoy’s ($9.5 million annually) and Heiskanen’s ($8.45 million annually) setting the benchmark, a raise in the $9 million range for Faber might not be unrealistic. Of course, such a figure would be a major commitment for the Wild. However, today’s NHL rewards young talent, and the trend of lucrative second contracts is undeniable.

Faber’s emergence has been invaluable for the Wild this season. He’s seamlessly stepped into a top defensive role, logging valuable minutes and displaying offensive upside. While his ceiling remains unknown, the early returns are incredibly promising.

The 21-year-old will be a restricted free agent after next season but without arbitration rights. This puts pressure on Wild GM Bill Guerin to get a long-term deal done or risk the bidding rising further. Wild fans are buzzing with the possibility of Guerin inking Faber this summer to a massive eight-year, $9.5 million per year extension.

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