NHL Entry Level Contract Requirements By Age 

Examples from chart:

  • 21-year-old signs first NHL contract must have a 3-year entry level deal worth no more than $925,000 per year
  • 24-year-old is only required to sign a 1-year deal for his first NHL contract
  • North American at age 25 can sign whatever deal he wants
  • European at age 25 is still subjected to a 1-year entry level deal
  • European at age 28 can sign whatever deal he wants for first NHL contract

Highlighted below is the clause in the NHL CBA that stipulates different parameters for European players.