Top 5 Restricted Free Agents Still Left Unsigned

The NHL offseason is a month old and there's still 47 unsigned restricted free agents left to put pen to paper. There hasn't been much for rumblings about offer sheets, those usually come out of nowhere and could still be an option as we breeze through the summer months. Arbitration dates are set over the next couple of weeks and while we wait for some more agreements to take place, let's dive into the top five restricted free agents who are in need of a contract:

Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars

The 22-year-old versatile winger is an offensive machine who appears to be coming into his own early on in his career. Last season he recorded 41 goals and 79 points in 74 games and is poised to be a constant 40-goal scorer in the league. The Stars have $11.4 million in cap space to work with and are likely looking long term with Robertson's next contract.

Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars

The Stars have two players to worry about as their starting goaltender Jake Oettinger also needs a new contract. The 23-year-old netminder enjoyed 2021-22 as his coming out party and looks like the goaltender of the future in Dallas. 
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Of the $11.4 million, it's likely Oettinger receives at least $5 million of it. 

Noah Dobson, New York Islanders

One of the best young defenseman in the game, Noah Dobson continues to wait out the process with general manager Lou Lamoriello, who can be tough to negotiate against. Dobson enjoyed a huge season last year, posting 13 goals and 51 points in 80 games, playing over 21 minutes a night. The Islanders should look to sign him to the maximum eight-year term as Dobson's going to be a stud for a long time.

Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes

There were some rumblings about a trade earlier this summer, but from all accounts the Carolina Hurricanes want Martin Necas back. The 23-year-old can play the wing and down the middle and they will need his versatility thanks to Vincent Trocheck leaving for Broadway. 
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Necas scored 14 goals and collected 40 points in 78 games last season and looks like he has the potential to regularly post 70 + points in the league.

Kailer Yamamoto, Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers love Kailer Yamamoto and will be getting a deal completed in the very near future. It's likely going to be a long-term extension as the 23-year-old has a great work ethic and team-first attitude. He can also produce as he scored 20 goals and tallied 41 points in his 81 games last season. With all the firepower up front in Edmonton, these numbers should continue to increase season over season.

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