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Entry Level Player

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NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 03: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on February 3, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Definition: Players between the ages of 18 and 21 must sign "entry-level" contracts for their first three NHL seasons. Those aged 22-23 are entry-level players for two years, those aged 24 for a single year.

Entry-level players are subject to maximum salaries and bonuses. The maximum entry-level salary will rsie to $925,000 per year by the time the current collective agreement expires in 2011.

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