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Draisaitl gets $8.5 million per year, giving the Bruins a comparable

The German wing signed a big deal with Edmonton today, giving the Bruins and David Pastrnak something to look at.

Edmonton Oilers v Boston Bruins Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $68 million contract today, giving him an AAV of $8.5 million.

Draisaitl was one of the big names on the restricted free agent market, and some speculated that his signing may have been holding up David Pastrnak’s.

The reasoning behind that thought is pretty simple: they’re both young, both coming off of their ELC’s and are both very good players.

Draisaitl will be 22 in October. The German has played 204 NHL games (including playoff games) and has put up totals of 56G-97A-153PTS.

Pastrnak won’t be 22 until May of 2018. He has played in 178 NHL games (including playoffs) and has put up totals of 61G-68A-129PTS.

Draisaitl’s career PPG is 0.75, while Pastrnak’s is 0.72.

Here’s how they stack up in terms of HERO Chart stats:

Leon Draisaitl vs. David Pastrnak

Draisaitl’s numbers are a little better, and his probably a bit more of a well-rounded player in terms of his three-zone game.

If that’s the case, it’s logical that the Bruins could point to Draisaitl’s deal and say “you’re not getting better than that.”

Pastrnak’s camp, on the other hand, could look at a, say, $6 million AAV offer from the Bruins and laugh, pointing at this deal as a comparable.

My guess is that the Bruins use this contract as a ceiling. Pastrnak’s agent isn’t going to have much leverage to say “no, he deserves $10 million” if a guy like Draisaitl is getting $8.5 million.

The Bruins may have been waiting for this deal to set the market rate for young scoring forwards. I say Pastrnak ends up with something like $7.65 million per season.

What do you think?


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