An unusually large number of restricted free agents haven’t been signed this off-season, including some of the best players in the NHL. Mitch Marner was 11th in league scoring last season with 94 points. Brayden Point was right behind him with 92 points and was sixth in goalscoring with 41 goals. Other top RFA forwards that have yet to be signed include Mikko Rantanen, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Travis Konecny, and Colin White. Then there’s the defencemen, like Zach Werenski, who had 44 points last season, Ivan Provorov, who was sixth in the NHL in ice time per game, and Charlie McAvoy, the new number one defenceman for the Boston Bruins. This group of RFAs have limited leverage, as they haven’t played in the NHL long enough to be eligible for salary arbitration, a process that brings in an independent arbitrator to decide on a fair contract. Teams generally try to take advantage of that lack of leverage to sign players to team-friendly contracts that extract the most value possible.