During the 2009/2010 NHL season, Petteri Nokelainen played center for the Phoenix Coyotes, wearing number 71. He reportedly had a salary of $900,000. The total team salary for the Phoenix Coyotes was reportedly $49,025,000, so his salary was about 1.8% of the team's total reported payroll. Comparing his salary to the other players on his team, reportedly, the average salary for a player on the Phoenix Coyotes was $1,885,576, while the median salary was $1,125,000. During the 67 games that he played that season, he scored 5 goals and had 8 assists - a total of 13 points. To find out how much he earned per game played, we can divide his reported salary by the number of games played. He earned $13,432.84 per game. Petteri Nokelainen had a plus/minus of -9, 27 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 88 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2009/2010 season of 5.70%. If we want to evaluate his performance strictly on offense, we can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists). His salary per goal scored was $180,000 and his salary per point was $69,231.
Don't forget about taxes. Although each NHL season is composed of months two separate calendar years, having a salary in the United States of $900,000 we can estimate that he would have to hand over $290,649 in federal income taxes. For comparison, that is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 36 median high school teachers, 41 median police officers, or 58 median fire fighters. After paying the federal government, he would have $609,351 left over. However, he may still need to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.