Auston Matthews - 13.25 million
The Maple Leafs ice hockey center became the highest-paid player in the NHL after signing a 4-year extension contract worth $53 million.
Matthews will earn an average salary of $13.25 million starting from the 2024-25 season. He has one year left in the current five-year, $58,195,000 deal signed on February 5, 2019.
After being selected as the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston initially signed a 3-year entry-level contract worth $11,325,000 on July 21, 2016.
Matthews made an immediate impact winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. Moreover, he won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for two consecutive seasons in 2020-21 and 2021-22.
After relishing a phenomenal season scoring 60 goals and 46 assists, Auston was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.