Given that Ryan O'Reilly's agent has said that negotiation for a new contract will start at $6,500,000, I thought it might be interesting to see how Ryan's compensation, thus far in his career, compares to his 2009 draftmates. I used the CapGeek fact sheet on ELC's as a guide and credited Tavares, Dutchy, Hedman, and Kane with maximum bonuses they could have earned. You can find the CapGeek page here. For the lockout season, I prorated the contracts, but not bonus, at (48/82) percent.
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As you can see, Ryan has currently made more than a $1 million more than Duchene, $2 million more than 3rd place draftee Hedman, and only trails first overall Tavares by about $300k.
Fun Fact: Tavares, Duchene, and Kane are all set to make $6 mil for the next 4 seasons. If ROR signs a contract at $6.5 million, he will have made more money than any of them 9 seasons after their draft. This holds true even if he makes only $5,660,000 for the next two seasons.