This summer looks like a time for some big changes around the NHL and that includes some significant wingers on the move. The environment is ripe for trades, with rebuilding teams seeking greater long-term flexibility and contenders looking for a piece to put them over the top.
The Los Angeles Kings got the jump on this list when they traded to acquire Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild, but there are still some quality wingers that are considered to be available via trade.
While hockey might not generally value wingers on the same level as centers and defensemen, there are still potential impact players available.
Here are 10 wingers that could get traded this offseason:
Alex DeBrincat, Chicago (41 G, 37 A, 48.8 CF%, 49.2 xGF%, 82 GP)
Maybe Chicago will ask for too much and they somehow won’t move DeBrincat, but once word got out that they were willing to trade a 24-year-old who is coming off the second 41-goal season of his career, the bidding was open, and it is hard to imagine that a team seeking to upgrade its offense would not consider paying a steep price for DeBrincat’s skills.
Patrick Kane, Chicago (26 G, 66 A, 49.1 CF%, 46.4 xGF%, 78 GP)
It appears that Chicago is engaged in a game of chicken with its superstars. It makes tons of sense for a rebuilding Blackhawks team to trade Kane and center Jonathan Toews, but both have no-movement clauses and one year left on their current contracts. While the team might want the stars to ask for a trade, because they don’t want to suffer through a rebuilding phase at this stage of their careers, but that has not happened yet. If Chicago can convince Kane to move, he could bring a quality return because, despite his defensive deficiencies, the 33-year-old has produced at least a point per game in nine of his past 10 seasons.
Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton (14 G, 22 A, 58.6 CF%, 59.8 xGF%, 65 GP)
The Oilers have made it clear that, when it comes to their young, homegrown wingers, Kailer Yamamoto will take priority over Puljujarvi, the mammoth 24-year-old winger who had some trouble finishing last season but has established that he is a play-driving force. A smart team might see a great buy-low opportunity for a player who is already solid but with upside for more.