Top 25 2017 NHL Free Agents

Top 25 2017 NHL Free Agents

Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop and Alexander Radulov are our top 2017 NHL free agents


You may not agree with our rankings, but here is our initial Top 25 2017 NHL free agents list.

In creating this list we took into consideration factors such as players age, position, injury history, likelihood of signing with another team, etc.

Joe Thornton drops a bit because he’s 37-years old, and will likely re-sign with the Sharks before July 1st.

Also factoring into the rankings is how a player may be in 3-4+ years, and not just in 1 or 2 years. A player likeĀ Andrei Markov fall down the list a bit because of this. Most free agent deals for the top players are longer than 2 years, hence why we rank this way.

As the season goes on, there will likely be some signings, and we’ll adjust our list according. We’ll also likely adjust based on play of the pending unrestricted free agents.

Top 2017 NHL Free Agents
RKPlayerTeamPos.AgeClausesCap Hit
1Kevin ShattenkirkD27$4,250,000
2Ben BishopG30NMC$5,950,000
3Alexander RadulovRW30$5,750,000
4Karl AlznerD28M-NTC$2,800,000
5T.J. OshieRW29$4,175,000
6Martin HanzalC29M-NTC$3,100,000
7Joe ThorntonC37NMC$6,750,000
8Dmitry KulikovD26$4,333,333
9Michael StoneD26$4,000,000
10Steve MasonG28$4,100,000
11Thomas VanekLW, RW32$2,600,000
12Nick BoninoC28$1,900,000
13Patrick SharpLW, C34M-NTC, NMC$5,900,000
14Kris RussellD29$3,100,000
15Chad JohnsonG30$1,700,000
16Sam GagnerC, RW27$650,000
17Andrei MarkovD37M-NTC$5,750,000
18Scott DarlingG27$587,500
19Justin WilliamsRW35$3,250,000
20Ryan MillerG36M-NTC$6,000,000
21Radim VrbataRW35$1,000,000
22Patrik BerglundC, LW28M-NTC$3,700,000
23Brian ElliottG31$2,500,000
24Brian BoyleC, LW32$2,000,000
25Michael Del ZottoD26$3,875,000

* Contract info and no-trade/no-movement clauses taken from Cap Friendly.