3. Colton Parayko
Sorry, Colton Parayko, but you signed a massive eight-year, $52 million contract, and right now, you just aren’t worth the money. Parayko has the potential to be one of the best defensemen in the league. His game is comparable to Shea Weber and maybe even a lesser skilled Brent Burns, but you are making a lot of money for what you are worth.
His play would make you think he is making closer to $3 million a year, not the hefty $6.5 million that he is carrying right now. He is the third highest-paid defenseman on the team behind Faulk and Torey Krug.
The 28-year old’s stats this season do not match the contract he has earned, and yes, he has earned this contract, he just is not playing up to par. Parayko has 22 points in 51 games this season and is a plus/minus -2 on the year.
We have only seen his nasty side a handful of times this season, and it’s clear to everyone who watches the games what a difference a nasty Parayko makes on the ice.
There’s no doubt that Parayko has the potential to be one of the league’s best defensemen, but the Alberta native needs to pick it up, or the Blues will be stuck with a terrible contract until it expires in 2030.