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How much will Brock Boeser get as NHL free agency opens?

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University of North Dakota's Brock Boeser fires a shot into the vacant Quinnipiac goal during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four championship game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. David Samson / The Forum
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VANCOUVER -- A massive 30-foot poster of Brock Boeser hangs on the side of Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver.

His jersey is one of the most popular among Canuck fans. At last weekend's NHL Draft, one even walked around with his No. 16 UND sweater.

Boeser, who played a starring role on UND's 2016 NCAA national championship team, has only been in Vancouver for two full seasons, but has already become one of the faces of the franchise -- for good reason.

He has scored 59 goals in 140 NHL games for the Canucks. The only player from the 2015 NHL Draft with more goals per game than Boeser, who went No. 23 overall, is No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

When the NHL's free agency period opens Monday, Boeser could be in line for a big contract.

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Boeser, a restricted free agent, is the most prominent former UND player who will be hitting free agency this summer. Because he's a restricted free agent and the Canucks sent him a qualifying offer, Boeser is all-but-assured to sign with Vancouver. The only question is the length and financial details of the contract.

It is likely that Boeser will become the seventh former UND player to be on a contract greater than $30 million.

Brock Nelson recently joined that crew, signing a six-year, $36 million deal with the New York Islanders. Minnesota's Zach Parise ($98 million), Chicago's Jonathan Toews ($84 million), New Jersey's Travis Zajac ($46 million), Washington's T.J. Oshie ($46 million) and Arizona's Nick Schmaltz ($40.95 million) all have deals in excess of $40 million.

Former UND forward Rocco Grimaldi (Nashville Predators) and defenseman Christian Wolanin (Ottawa Senators) also are restricted free agents who have received qualifying offers and will almost surely re-sign with their current teams.

Three members of the 2016 team did not receive qualifying offers from their teams and are now unrestricted free agents -- forward Luke Johnson, defenseman Keaton Thompson and goalie Cam Johnson. Luke Johnson played for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, while Keaton Thompson was in Anaheim's organization and Cam Johnson was with New Jersey.

Goalie Zane McIntyre and forward Drew Stafford also are unrestricted free agents. McIntyre has played his entire pro career with the Boston Bruins, while Stafford played with the New Jersey Devils last season.

UND's top active NHL contracts

$98 million -- Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild (2012-25)

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$84 million -- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (2015-23)

$46 million -- Travis Zajac, New Jersey Devils (2013-21)

$46 million -- T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (2017-25)

$40.95 million -- Nick Schmaltz, Arizona Coyotes (2019-26)

$36 million -- Brock Nelson, New York Islanders (2019-25)

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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