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New York Islanders: Dissecting Offer Sheet for Mitch Marner

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 20: Newly redesigned $100 notes lay in stacks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on May 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The one hundred dollar bills will be released this fall and has new security features, such as a duplicating portrait of Benjamin Franklin and microprinting added to make the bill more difficult to counterfeit. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 20: Newly redesigned $100 notes lay in stacks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on May 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The one hundred dollar bills will be released this fall and has new security features, such as a duplicating portrait of Benjamin Franklin and microprinting added to make the bill more difficult to counterfeit. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Would They Pay Him That Much?

Would they be willing to make Mitch Marner the highest-paid player in the NHL? Yeah. Of course, the New York Islanders would be willing to pay Mitch Marner an average of $13 million a season.

Remember that just over a month ago the Islanders were believed to have offered Artemi Panarin up to a $12.5 million AAV to sign with them. If the Islanders were willing to make Artemi Panarin the joint highest-paid player in the NHL it easy to believe they’d be comfortable with vaulting Marner to the top.

With a 94 point season in only his third year in the NHL Marner is already one of the best right-wing in the league. And he just turned 22 years old three months ago. Marner has yet to reach his peak as an NHL’er.

Panarin is still a great player. Over his 322 career games in the NHL, he’s scored 320 points, just under a point per game. At 27-years-old (turning 28 in October), he’s in his peak now. He can probably still get better, but what you’re seeing from Panarin is what you’re getting.

Again, that’s still a great return. A point-per-game goes a long way in the NHL. But Mitch Marner has shown he can return well over a point-per-game.

Marner is a better player now and can be later. It’s not hard to see the New York Islanders believing that he’s worth a $13 million cap hit.

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