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Who are the highest-paid NHL players for the 2023-24 season? View our list and decide if it is fair or if they are overpaid?

Now that NHL free agent frenzy has wound down and contracts signed it is time to look at who is the highest-paid NHL player for the 2023-24 season.

In the table below we are looking at what players are actually getting paid this coming season and not their NHL salary cap hit.

Who do you think is the highest-paid player for the 2023 NHL season? Is it Connor McDavid? Auston Matthews? Erik Karlsson? Last season Tyler Seguin took the honors of being the highest-paid NHL player in the league with a salary of $13 million.

Top 20 NHL player’s salaries for the 2023-24 season

1. Nathan MacKinnonCOL$16,500,000 27C714269111
2. David PastrnakBOS$13,000,000 27RW826152113
3. Dougie HamiltonNJD$12,600,000 30RD82225274
4. Alex OvechkinWSH$12,500,000 37LW73423375
5. Kirill KaprizovMIN$12,500,000 26LW67403575
6. Seth JonesCHI$12,500,000 28RD72122537
7. Alex PietrangeloVGK$12,300,000 33RD73114354
8. Aleksander BarkovFLA$12,000,000 27C68235578
9. Timo MeierNJD$12,000,000 26LW, RW78402666
10. Adam FoxNYR$12,000,000 25RD82126072
11. Zachary WerenskiCBJ$12,000,000 25LD13358
12. Roope HintzDAL$11,500,000 26C73373875
13. Erik KarlssonSJS$11,500,000 33RD822576101
14. Brayden PointTBL$11,250,000 27C, RW82514495
15. Matthew TkachukFLA$11,250,000 25RW794069109
16. Mikhail SergachevTBL$11,050,000 25LD/RD79105464
17. Connor McDavidEDM$11,000,000 26C826489153
18. Artemi PanarinNYR$11,000,000 31LW82296392
19. Mark StoneVGK$11,000,000 31RW43172138
20. Cale MakarCOL$11,000,000 24RD60174966

Next year, you have to think Auston Matthews will have a front-loaded contract and we would not be surprised to see him being paid $17 million in actual salary for the 2024-25 season.

Who are the players that are overpaid for this coming season and have the worst contracts in the NHL? Any guesses because there are some awful salaries that NHL teams are paying out this year.

Top 5 worst NHL contracts for the 2023-24 season

  1. Zach Werenski $12,000,000
  2. Seth Jones $12,500,000
  3. Mark Stone $11,000,000
  4. Darnell Nurse $10,400,000
  5. Morgan Reilly $10,000,000

We have Zach Werenski in the top spot for the top 5 NHL worst salaries being paid out this coming season. He has not lived up to his contract and is injured quite often.

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