Nylander signs ELC

The Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander(‘s agent, probably) have had some conversations over the past few days, and as such, have decided to transfer the output of these conversations onto several pieces of paper with signatures and fun legalese. By that, I mean the two sides have agreed on a three year entry level contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Yawn…

This isn’t horribly important news. Let’s be real – teams and their first round draft picks, particularly ones that aren’t playing the NCAA long-con (looking at you, Blake Wheeler and Kevin Hayes) agree to ELC’s all the time. As well, there isn’t a ton of variation on salary. Higher draft picks tend to make a base salary at or near rookie max (currently $925,000), along with a lot of variable bonuses that depend on their position in the draft.

While we wait for the actual numbers, here’s a look at previous 8th overall picks and their earnings:

  • 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen ($925,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.775 million)
  • 2012: Derrick Pouliot ($925,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.35 million)
  • 2011: Sean Couturier ($925,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.375 million)
  • 2010: Alexander Burmistrov ($900,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.5 million)
  • 2009: Scott Glennie ($900,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.65 million)
  • 2008: Mikkel Boedker ($875,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.725 million)
  • 2007: Zach Hamill ($875,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.375 million)
  • 2006: Peter Mueller ($850,000 + bonuses, max cap hit of $1.7 million)

Safe to say, we’re looking at $925,000 as a base and about $1.5-$1.8 million as a potential salary after performance bonuses. Even if Nylander were to totally rip it up, he’s not going to break the bank. In the event that he goes back to Sweden for another year, he’ll make a number that doesn’t matter to MLSE. If he plays on the Marlies this year, which his European background allows, his deal will slide (like sending a player back to junior) as long as he doesn’t touch the Leafs roster afterwards. Most players in his pick range get between $60,000 to $70,000 on the AHL part of their deal, which likely makes Sweden a more lucrative option for him in the immediate.

  • Poluza

    “Yawn…

    This isn’t horribly important news…

    Most players in his pick range get between $60,000 to $70,000 on the AHL part of their deal, which likely makes Sweden a more lucrative option for him in the immediate.”

    Let’s wait to see how the contract looks. Perhaps the AHL side of the deal has bonuses or is somewhat more lucrative than average.

    Having Nylander stay in North America might fill a lot of extra seats for the Marlies and a little extra incentive to stay here might be money well spent.

    I understand that the average SEL club salary for the entire team is $8.9M. Divide with 23 and you get $385k/player. The best paid SEL players draw ~$700k per season.

    One source says pay range is 60,000 Euro to upwards of 275,000 Euro.

    Maybe a $300,000 AHL salary keeps him here.

  • STAN

    Not sure how they Dave accomplished this without the invaluable wisdom imparted by Messers Loiselle and Poulin. I think Nylander rips it up with the Marlies this season.

  • Poluza

    Not the most exciting time of year, but I appreciate how you guys at TLN (mostly Jeffler, lets be honest) have been so on top of the Leafs news. Keep it up!