MIRO HEISKANEN, DALLAS STARS
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.