How to fix the PPG: An infographic on the state of the NHL’s draft
A lot of draft-eligible players have already signed contracts that run through the 2019-20 season.
And many of them, especially in the top five, will receive significant raises if they remain with their current team.
However, there are some players who are already guaranteed deals beyond the 2019–20 season that will receive a raise.
“This year, there’s an increase in guaranteed money for all the guys at the top of the draft,” said Tom Gulitti, an agent for the New Jersey Devils, who has negotiated contracts for the likes of Alex Tuch and Matt Puempel.
“There’s a whole group of guys who are going to get a raise, including some guys that will not get a big raise, like Jacob Trouba and Mikhail Grabovski.”
“Theoretically, it should be easy for players to get into their [2019-20] contracts,” Gulittisaid.
“If you can figure out a way to do it, it will be easy.”
Puempel, who was taken with the 14th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and Tuch, the 15th overall selection in 2016 by the New York Rangers, both signed their contracts through the 2020-21 season, but are no longer with their respective teams.
The Devils have a player option for Puempels next season, and the Rangers have a $4.5 million option for the 22-year-old winger, who would likely receive a larger raise.
The New York Islanders have a third-round pick, and defenseman Alexei Ponikarovsky, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 NHL season, has an $8.5-million option for 2020-19.
However, some players will likely receive raises, as the PGA Tour will continue to award bonuses to its players.
Among those who are eligible for bonuses are top-five picks like Tuch (20.8%), Puemplers teammate, Vladimir Tarasenko (21.4%), and goaltender Martin Jones (23.3%).
“There is some flexibility to do these things,” Gulissisaid of players earning bonuses.
“You can get into the bonus, but I think there is more flexibility than that.
I think a lot of players, maybe even a lot more, are going out and doing their best.
But I think that’s what makes it so exciting.”
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