Jaden Schwartz got paid. Plain and simple. How much to be exact? Over the next 5 years, the 24 year old Schwartz will be paid an Average Annual Value (AAV) of $5.35 million. The Blues and Schwartz were also able to come to an agreement of a modified No Trade Clause in which the final 2 years of his contract, Jaden can choose 15 teams in which he cannot be traded to. The Blues now can hopefully feel the Schwartz flow through them until 2021.
The question now becomes of course, did the Blues get a good value for this player? Or was there perhaps some use of the ‘Schwartz’ on Doug Armstrong? Comparing the contract of Schwartz to others around the league, thanks to General Fanager, Schwartz is amongst some very elite company. To throw out a few of my personal favorite contracts signed within recent years… Values are listed in million dollar figures:
John Tavares – New York Islands – 21 years old – 5 year contract – $5.5 AAV
Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs – 21 years old – 5 year contract – $5.4 AAV
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks – 23 years old – 5 year contract – $5.325 AAV
Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks – 23 years old – 5 year contract – $5.325 AAV
Jamie Benn – Dallas Stars – 23 years old – 5 year contract – $5.25 AAV
Reilly Smith – Boston Bruins – 26 years old – 5 year contract – $5 AAV
With Schwartz’s new contract fitting in right between Perry and Kessel, again, Jaden is in good company contract wise. The bigger question comes, will he live up to the hype and point production?
Looking at his point production through the years, Schwartz has not really given St. Louis a reason to doubt his abilities. Schwartz netted 14 points in 20 games this past post season, one of his most impressive outings to date. Coming off an injury for most of the season, scoring 22 points in 33 games and 63 points in 75 games in 2015-16, Schwartz has us feeling good. Jaden is currently at 157 points in 240 career NHL games (.65 points per game) and 21 points in 38 career post season games (.55 points per game). It’s tough to find guys of this caliber. When the opportunity presents itself, the former 14th overall pick from 2010 is earning his keep offensively. It’s his -10 overall post season rating that has me just slightly skeptical about his trending record. Then again, keep putting the puck in the back of the net and you’re doing your job Schwartz: