Projecting Noah Dobson's Next Contract with the NY Islanders

Noah Dobson's three-year bridge deal worth $12M expires after the 2024-2025 season. I shudder to think what he could cost the Islanders after that.

Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson is going to be a very wealthy man someday soon.
Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson is going to be a very wealthy man someday soon. / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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MIRO HEISKANEN, DALLAS STARS

Miro Heiskanen
Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars has long been one of the more underrated defensemen in the NHL. / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

Another comparable defenseman who was a young star who had not quite broken out is Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars. Heiskanen, coming off of his entry-level contract and back-to-back 12th place Norris Trophy finishes, signed for the maximum eight-year term at $8.45M AAV. Heiskanen signed this contract a few months before Fox, so the salary cap at the time was the same $81.5M. $8.45M is 10.37% of the cap.

Against an $87.7M cap, 10.37% would be approximately $9.1M. However, the highest Heiskanen had finished in the Norris race was 12th; Dobson seems primed for a much higher finish this year. Dobson is also closer to UFA and maintains more leverage than Heiskanen had at the time.