Oilers’ Connor McDavid becomes highest-paid player in NHL after signing 8-year, $100 million extension
The NHL has a new highest-paid player. He is 20.
Late in the morning on the West Coast, the Edmonton Oilers announced they had re-signed Connor McDavid, a generational player, to an eight-year, $100 million contract beginning in the 2018-19 season. McDavid will now make an average of $12,500,000 per year, more than any player in the league right now. According to CapFriendly, his future salary cap hit is $2 million higher than the next highest-paid players, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Carey Price.
“I’m so excited to wear the Oilers jersey for the next nine years of my life,” McDavid told reporters during a press conference to announce the deal.
Despite the Oilers struggles throughout the last decade, the wunderkind center is confident the team will continue to improve. That’s mostly because of him.
After McDavid was named the youngest captain in NHL history at the beginning of the season, the first overall draft pick in 2015 lit up the scoreboard. He registered 70 assists and 30 goals, running away with the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading point scorer. McDavid also won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and the Ted Lindsey Award, which the league’s MVP as voted on by his peers. This past season, the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006.