On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings inked forward Dylan Larkin to a five-year contract extension that carries a reported cap hit of $6.1 million per season.
Larkin, a first round pick of the Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored 16 goals and dished out 47 assists last season for the Red Wings, and also has a 20-goal season under his belt.
With those kind of numbers, and with the NHL salary cap set to rise into the foreseeable future, Schmaltz will likely command a similar salary, especially if he can start to win more face-offs at the center spot. He scored 21 goals and had 31 assists in his second full NHL season, and at just 22 years old, he has a lot of potential to bring those numbers up in future seasons.
Schmaltz is entering the final year of his entry-level contract this season, and will likely be due a significant pay bump from the $925,000 that he is currently making. Other players, including Dylan Sikura and Victor Ejdsell, will also be due for raises following the coming season.