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NHL Fortune: $58,051,220

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Blake Wheeler’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$58,051,220 (US$62,017,515 in today's dollars), ranking #108 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: USA
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2004
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 5
  • By: Phoenix Coyotes

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2008-09 $875,000 $1,051,219 433
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $875,000 $1,054,943 436
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $2,200,000 $2,609,612 275 $1,325,000 151%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $2,450,000 $2,817,271 301 $250,000 11%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $1,551,220 $1,747,630 274 -$898,780 -37%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $2,650,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $4,600,000 $5,107,469 117 $3,048,780 197%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $5,800,000 $6,337,028 82 $1,200,000 26%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $5,800,000 $6,329,542 96
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $5,800,000 $6,250,690 103
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $5,800,000 $6,120,382 119
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $5,800,000 $5,974,386 135
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $10,000,000 $10,117,343 20 $4,200,000 72%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $6,500,000 $6,500,000 67 -$3,500,000 -35%
Source: NHLPA
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL plays a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries are not pro-rated but 10% of $6,500,000 is deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season has been increased to 20% and performance bonuses are pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
Career Earnings: US$58,051,220
(In today's dollars: US$62,017,515)

NHL Rank: 108
(In today's dollars: 147)

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