On Tuesday, the NHL announced the salary cap’s upper limit for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4M.
As it stands prior to the NHL Awards, the Blackhawks have roughly $64.84 million committed to 14 players for next season. Those numbers do not include restricted free agents Brandon Saad or Marcus Kruger.
ESPN’s Scott Powers offered a few updates to the cap figures for some of Chicago’s top prospects.
- Artemi Panarin, forward – $3.388 million (includes $2.575 million in potential bonuses)
- Ville Pokka, defenseman – $1.775 million (includes $850,000 in potential bonuses)
- Mark McNeill, forward – $1.4 million (includes $537,500 in potential bonuses)
- Stephen Johns, defenseman – $1.1 million (includes $300,000 in potential bonuses)
- Phillip Danault, forward – $1.038 million ($175,000 in potential bonuses)
- Mike Paliotta, defenseman – $925,000
- Kyle Baun, forward – $925,000
- Ryan Hartman, forward – $894,000
- Antti Raanta, goalie – $750,000
- Tanner Kero, forward – $650,000
- Garret Ross, forward – $636,677
Some of these youngsters will impact the Hawks this season, especially on the blue line where the team expects Trevor van Riemsdyk ($925,000 cap hit) to fit into the mix as well. GM Stan Bowman will undoubtedly be aggressive between Wednesday night’s NHL Awards and Friday evening’s first round of the 2015 NHL Draft to find enough cap space to accommodate Saad and, hopefully, Kruger and look to add veteran depth wherever possible when free agency begins on July 1.