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NHL free agency: Top options, best values, boom-or-bust players

There are different ways for teams to enter the NHL free-agent pool. There are big splashes for star players. Other teams methodically wade in, making sure their feet (and their finances) remain grounded. Some just dip their toes in.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche, currently playing in the Stanley Cup Final, were both active in the pool last summer. The Lightning signed veteran forwards Corey Perry and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — the latter of whom came from the Avalanche, no less. Pat Maroon, an integral part of Tampa Bay’s back-to-back Cup wins, was a free-agent signing in 2019.

Colorado added veteran forward Darren Helm and defenseman Jack Johnson last offseason. In 2019, the Avalanche signed winger Valeri Nichushkin at the low point of his NHL career. He scored 25 goals for them this season.

The 2022 free-agent pool is a deep one, with one franchise player, Johnny Gaudreau; elite offensive talents Filip Forsberg and Claude Giroux; and some famous names, including Evgeni Malkin, Patrice Bergeron and Marc-Andre Fleury, who saw their contracts expire.

Here’s a look at the field of unrestricted free agents, organized into tiers. We’ve opted not to include restricted free agents, as offer sheets remain a rarity in the NHL. Unless, of course, the Carolina Hurricanes are feeling spiteful.

Which players are you hoping your team will sign this offseason?

Jump to: Franchise-changers
Best bets | Best values
Boom-or-busts
Rickety investments
Shocking potential departures

Note: Players are arranged alphabetically within each tier.

The franchise-changers

These are established top-line players who could significantly change a club’s trajectory.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $6 million

Forsberg is coming off his best offensive season with 42 goals and 42 assists in 69 games. He’s the Predators’ career leader in goals with 220. (It was a nice run, David Legwand.) There’s been mutual interest in having Forsberg remain in Nashville. Yet after talks all season and Nashville’s decision not to move him at the trade deadline, Forsberg remains unsigned. There’s been a lot of speculation as to why.

GM David Poile said that a no-movement clause — which he has given only to Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne in the past — has been discussed. But it could come down to money within the Predators’ framework. Josi is their highest-paid player, with a $9.059 million average annual value. Evolving Hockey projects that Forsberg could get $9.458 million on the open market, which is more than his most logical comp, Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen. Can a desire to stay in “NashVegas” bridge that money gap for Forsberg? Last time I checked in with a source on Forsberg, they said it was “50/50” he’ll re-sign.

Age: 28 | 2021-22 cap hit: $6.75 million

It’s not often one of the top 10 scorers in the NHL over a three-year span hits the open market. Or a legit Hart Trophy candidate under the age of 30. He still might not, given the full-court press the Flames are putting on to retain him.

“We’re going to move heaven and earth, and do everything we possibly can, to get Johnny back here,” GM Brad Treliving said. Gaudreau has 222 points in his past 208 regular-season games and had 14 points in 12 playoff games. He’s a line-driving dynamo in his prime.

There’s been heavy speculation that the south New Jersey native will end up with the Philadelphia Flyers or New Jersey Devils. I’ve been told by some close to Gaudreau’s camp that the “Johnny comes home” influence on his decision could be overstated. Wherever he ends up, it’s going to be a blockbuster deal. Evolving Hockey’s contract projections have his next contract at a $10.87 million annual cap hit.

Age: 34 | 2021-22 cap hit: $8.275 million

If you thought Gaudreau cornered the market on “transactional certainty by virtue of birthright,” let us introduce you to Giroux, who moved to Ottawa when he was 14 and who has been fantasy-casted as a Senator since he reached his walk year. Are the Sens close enough to contention for Giroux, who approved a trade to Florida to chase a Cup?

The Panthers don’t have the cap space to return him on a contract that could clear $7 million in AAV. A reunion with the Flyers is always possible if financially tenable. He remains an incredibly impactful top-line winger. It will be fascinating to see where his next step takes him.


The best bets

These players have shown they’re worth the investment.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.9 million

Defense usually has no home with Burakovsky, but that’s OK. He’s a great finisher and had 61 points in 80 games with the Avalanche. That’s with only 11 points on the power play, which should make him an even more intriguing option for teams looking to juice their scoring. He’s on the young end of unrestricted free agents. He’s also been surrounded by elite offensive talent in Washington and now in Colorado, where he’s been well above replacement. Evolving Hockey has him at $6.903 million per year on a seven-year term, which seems rather rich. But maybe that’s the upside we’re dealing with here.

Age: 30 | 2021-22 cap hit: $1.65 million

He spent parts of three seasons in Toronto as a solid but not spectacular, and above all else thrifty, goaltender. While his best usage might be in a tandem, there might still be a lane for Campbell to “pull a Frederik Andersen” and sign in a place where the pressure cooker is reduced and he can thrive — especially in the postseason, where his numbers this spring (.897 save percentage, 3.15 goals-against average) were indicative of Leafs Panic. That said, Toronto would love to have him and his good vibes back. It’s just that someone else is likely to price them out of the Soup market.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.64 million

Copp made himself some money this summer after a trade brought him to New York. He delivered on the offensive promise he showed in a top-six role with the Winnipeg Jets to the tune of 18 points in 16 regular-season games and another 14 points in 20 playoff games, although he cooled off as the postseason continued. His versatility is his calling card, but his offensive spark this season (21 goals) is going to make him a sought-after player, just as he was at the trade deadline. He’ll turn 28 in July.

Age: 36 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.5 million

If this were a wrestling match, the fans would be chanting “you still got it!” at Edler. He was a steadying presence in 41 games with the Kings, in which he had 19 points and was a plus-18. He also helped Matt Roy elevate his game. The wheels aren’t there anymore, which is partially why he had 34 penalty minutes this season on 17 minors. But he can still help on a short-term deal.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $800,000

One of the better two-way forwards available this summer. He had 21 goals in 53 games for the Leafs last season, and his 2.08 expected goals against per 60 minutes was the team’s second best at 5-on-5, behind only Auston Matthews. He also contributed four short-handed goals. He’s trending up at the right time, and his play is potentially worth the $5 million annually that Evolving Hockey projects for him.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2.5 million

It’s still amazing to think about how Nichushkin went from a presumed bust in 2018-19 with the Dallas Stars to an analytics darling to a 25-goal scorer this season for the Avalanche. He’s a big-bodied forward who plays outstanding 5-on-5 defense. He could be an ideal complementary player on a team’s top scoring line, but his lack of power-play production is curious. Evolving Hockey projects his next contract at $6.357 AAV on a seven-year term, which is quite a raise.

Age: 29 | 2021-22 cap hit: $5.25 million

A terrific complementary forward. He’s a tenacious forechecker and a play driver who led the Hurricanes in expected goals percentage at 5-on-5 (58.2%) this season. His production has settled into a 2.4 points per 60 minutes range. Niederreiter could slip into someone’s top six, but he really excelled on a shutdown line with Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast for Carolina. That’s one reason the Canes want him back, and the feeling is mutual. But can they make the money work?

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $5.3 million

The Lightning have used creative cap management to keep their dynastic roster together longer than anyone could have hoped, but this could be the last run for Palat in Tampa Bay. His two-way game and postseason heroics are going to be worth some team tossing him a raise to play in its top six as a consistent offensive contributor. Obviously, there’s always a chance he’ll remain with the Lightning and the only coach he has ever played for in the NHL (and a bit in the AHL). But he’s going to have a lot of value to a contender looking for that last piece and some “rings in the room.”

Age: 28 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.5 million

Saying Strome is a product of Artemi Panarin is both fair and unfair. It’s fair because he plays the majority of his minutes with one of the NHL’s most dynamic offensive players and has been over 2.6 points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 since he arrived in New York. It’s unfair because Strome’s scoring rates without Panarin haven’t seen a severe drop-off to the point of “he’s nothing without the Bread Man” conjecture. Evolving Hockey has Strome as a $7 million player annually. That’s Kevin Hayes money for a guy who, metrically, is a better all-around player. So that’s not unfeasible, especially when competent second-line centers aren’t that commonplace in his league.

The best values

Under-the-radar gems, analytics darlings and low-cost difference-makers. Oh, and one apiece of former Norris and Vezina trophy winners.

Age: 29 | 2021-22 cap hit: $725,000

The Kraken drafted Blackwell away from the Rangers, didn’t really play him and then traded him to the Maple Leafs, where he played 10:48 per game and then 7:12 per contest in the playoffs. Blackwell plays with pace and finishes his chances. There’s something there, and a deal with him won’t cost much, but keep in mind that his next team will be his fifth since 2019.

Age: 32 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2 million

The “Holt Beast” was 27th in goals saved above expected per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 this season. He went to Dallas to stabilize his career after that one-season disaster in Vancouver. He did just that. He’s still got something to offer besides undeniable playoff experience and a killer beard. Could a reunion in Washington, at the right price, be possible?

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $750,000

Husso hits unrestricted free agency after a brilliant regular season that saw him go 25-7-6 in 40 games, getting his first real run as a starter. His postseason was a horror show: starting for the Blues, getting replaced by Jordan Binnington, replacing Binnington when the latter was injured and ending with a save percentage of .890. But the 6-foot-3 Finn is extremely talented and could absolutely blossom as a starter in the right situation. Compared with last summer, it’s a paltry goalie market. Husso could end up getting upward of $5 million per year on his next deal. His play could prove worth it.

Age: 30 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2 million

This season ended one of the great value signings of the past six seasons, when Nashville GM David Poile locked in Jarnkrok to a $2 million annual cap hit in 2016. He’ll make more than that on his next deal as a defense-first but not offensively ungifted bottom-six forward. Perhaps the best way we can explain Jarnkrok is that he’s the type of guy teams go searching for at the trade deadline every season, without fail.

Age: 28 | 2021-22 cap hit: $750,000

The Canadiens had two defensemen available at the deadline. One was Ben Chiarot, a veteran whose physicality was coveted, and the other was Kulak, who I predicted would be the better addition. Chiarot went to Florida and wasn’t great. Kulak went to Edmonton and was tremendous at 5-on-5 play, playing the role of defensive failsafe with Tyson Barrie. He could fill that role again alongside any number of other mobile defensemen if he doesn’t remain with the Oilers, who are interested in retaining him.

Age: 29 | 2021-22 cap hit: $1.4 million

An elite defensive center, but one who has hit 10 goals just once in a 10-season career. He missed a chunk of the season with the Coyotes and was traded to the Capitals, with whom he basically played the role of Carl Hagelin for the rest of the season. He’s going to fill a hole in someone’s bottom-six forwards group, and he’s going to do it with an affordable contract.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $800,000

The embodiment of what this tier is. He amassed 47 points in 54 games last season with the Panthers with just 52 seconds of power-play time per game, and not seeing much time with Aleksander Barkov or Jonathan Huberdeau at 5-on-5. He’s a physical player and a tenacious forechecker. Evolving Hockey has his next cap hit at $2.456 million annually, which might be a virtue of having only one season of proof of concept.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $1.35 million

How much money did Paul add to his next contract after being traded to the Lightning? The former Senators forward has been a huge lift to their bottom six and a fantastic penalty killer. Not a ton of offensive upside, but he does go to the net hard. Great in the dressing room, too. If the Lightning don’t retain him, there should be plenty of teams wanting to land him.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $800,000

He had 11.6 goals scored above replacement for the Penguins this season in 82 games, playing as well offensively as he did defensively. His 19 goals were revelatory but not unexpected: He’s been around 0.9 goals per 60 minutes in his last few seasons. It’s just a matter of staying in the lineup. Evolving Hockey sees him getting more than $3 million annually on his next deal. If the Penguins don’t bring him back, someone’s bottom six will benefit.

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $1.3 million

Playing the majority of your minutes next to Victor Hedman is like walking into a club next to Leo DiCaprio. It’s easy to get overlooked. But Rutta is a fine defenseman who plays well at 5-on-5 and had one of his strongest seasons in 2021-22. With his playoff experience and steady play, one wonders whether his old boss in Detroit might like to inquire about his services. That said, Tampa Bay is a plum gig.

Age: 36 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.75 million

The veteran forward had an outstanding season for the Jets. He scored 45 points in 71 games, Stastny’s highest total in four seasons. But the most impressive thing about his 2021-22 campaign was the way he excelled no matter the role. He’s like that person in your office who somehow knows how to fix the printer, clean the coffee machine and help you set up your direct deposit. Stastny is determined to keep playing and has stated he’d like it be with a team that has a chance to challenge for the Cup — which he’s still chasing, 17 seasons into his career.

Age: 33 | 2021-22 cap hit: $9,000,000

Subban should have some new suitors now that he’s not carrying a $9 million AAV. He had a really nice rebound season with the Devils, even if his numbers didn’t necessarily reflect it. We’d love to see him contribute to a contender next season. Evolving Hockey projects him at $3.8 million AAV on a three-year term. That sounds right.

The boom-or-busts

Players who have the ability to justify the investment — or their contracts could eventually become an eyesore on CapFriendly.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2.7 million

The promise of Athanasiou’s 30-goal 2018-19 season still hasn’t been fulfilled, but his 28-game campaign for the Kings this season put him over a goal-per-60 minutes pace for the first time in years. He still has great wheels and wasn’t a defensive liability this season. But can you trust him from year to year?

Age: 37 | 2021-22 cap hit: $7 million

At the risk of incurring the wrath of his surrogates, let’s be real: Fleury did not play to an elite level last season. Money Puck had him at minus-0.250 goals saved above expected per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, which ranked him 42nd in the league. He was below replacement as a penalty-killing goalie, too. In Fleury’s defense, it was a tumultuous season for him: Having his family and career uprooted from Vegas, then having another trade to Minnesota at the deadline. But his underwhelming play was what it was, and it continued into the postseason (.906).

He turns 38 in November. He’s a known commodity. The goalie market means he’ll play next season if he desires to do so, and Evolving Hockey sees Fleury getting north of $4.7 million per year. Can he recapture the magic?

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.5 million

What an advantageous time to deliver a career year. Kadri had 87 points in 71 regular-season games for the Avs, anchoring their second line. He was outstanding in the playoffs before his injury, notably because he was actually playing games instead of talking to the Department of Player Safety.

One assumes he’s going to command a rather large salary to make up for being slightly undercompensated over the past few seasons. Evolving Hockey thinks he can clear $8.4 million annually on a seven-year deal. The Avalanche have the space to absorb that cap hit now, but given some of the contracts they’ll have to dole out in the next few years (including for Nathan MacKinnon), would they do anything that rich for that long for someone who turns 32 in October and had a nearly anomalous season in a contract year? And if they don’t, who will?

Age: 30 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2,108,696

Kane’s social media post after the season felt like a farewell to Edmonton, didn’t it? The Oilers want to retain him. It’s going to be hard to replace 22 goals in 43 regular-season games and 13 goals in 15 postseason games. When you find someone who clicks with Connor McDavid, you want to keep that person around. For other teams, they know what Kane can do offensively — although a 22.8% shooting rate in the playoffs probably isn’t going to happen again. They also know what comes with Kane, which is no shortage of off-ice issues. Heck, he’s still in a contract grievance with the Sharks.

That said, Evolving Hockey projects him landing a five-year deal worth over $7.4 million annually.

Age: 34 | 2021-22 cap hit: $8 million

In a way, one wishes Kessel could play for the Coyotes next season. The idea of Phil The Thrill walking the campus of Arizona State like Will Ferrell in “Old School” is an indelible image. But given their youth movement, he could be headed elsewhere. Kessel, who is eight games from breaking Keith Yandle‘s NHL consecutive games played record, had 44 assists and eight goals last season. He can still help offensively. Just don’t ask him to do anything at all on the defensive end.

Age: 29 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.25 million

Klingberg’s resurgent offensive season (48 points in 74 games) came at the right time because the only way he’s getting a projected $6.8 million AAV contract as a free agent is if teams feel his scoring rate is worth the defensive black hole he has become at 5-on-5. Or, failing that, if they believe they have a left side “defensive defenseman” good enough to compensate for those lapses, as Dallas had with Esa Lindell. For years, one of Klingberg’s virtues was his cap number. That’ll change this offseason.

Age: 32 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.5 million

Kuemper is a difficult one to predict. There are those in the hockey analytics community who feel he’s been living off the reputation he forged as the best thing on some bad Coyotes teams. The second half of his season was extraordinary — .934 save percentage and a 2.16 GAA at even strength — but not all that far off from what Pavel Francouz did metrically in the same span. Again, he’s a solid starter and an improvement in goal for 80% of the league. But “buyer beware,” as the playoffs have indicated.

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $5 million

Smith is expected to be a cap casualty for the Golden Knights, as another original Golden Misfit leaves the fold. He’s a consistent scorer who can contribute on special teams. He also played a top-line role with the Knights, so that can’t be ignored. The problem is that he turns 32 next April and has 686 games under his belt. In the short term, he could help a contender. On a five-year free-agent deal north of $6.3 million per year? It could end up being an albatross.

Age: 28 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2,533,333

Trocheck’s two seasons with Carolina have been fine. His 2020-21 campaign, with 43 points in 47 games, was followed by 51 points in 81 games this season, which was metrically stronger offensively and defensively. He can be a little inconsistent, and this strong defensive season could be an anomaly. He’s probably better cast as a third-line center than a No. 2 on a good team.

Age: 28 | 2021-22 cap hit: $2,533,333

Vatrano is another tricky one. He’s 28 and hit 24 goals once with the Florida Panthers, in 2018-19. He shot 11.5% that season. In 22 games with the Rangers, skating with Mika Zibanejad among other top-line players, he shot 14.3% and then 12.2% while scoring five goals in 20 playoff games. That could be ample evidence that the Rangers should keep him around and that he could benefit someone else’s middle six. But only at a price that isn’t impacted by recency bias.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.75 million

His 22 points in 74 games was a career high and the rare time the defenseman didn’t offset his admittedly stellar shutdown game with an anemic offense. Probably better as the third-pairing defenseman on a good team than the second-pairing defenseman on a bad one. Evolving Hockey sees him earning a $4.255 million AAV, which is a reasonable raise.

The rickety investments

Danger, danger! Familiar names, strong reputations, but options teams might think hard about before signing.

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.5 million

Chiarot’s calling card is being a defensive defenseman, and he has played at a sub-replacement level defensively for two straight seasons. His physicality and “grit” will always earn him another contract — Evolving Hockey thinks it could be north of $5.4 million annually — even if his underlying numbers don’t warrant it.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $5.3 million

Domi was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Columbus Blue Jackets with the lowest of expectations — fill in on the fourth line. He surpassed those with seven points in 19 games and six points in 14 playoff games that include a two-goal performance in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. That might be enough to entice some offers for his services, but after seven seasons of him showing little interest in playing defense at an NHL level, it might not be worth it unless he’s given another narrowly scoped role.

Age: 31 | 2021-22 cap hit: $5.5 million

Leddy has always been an interesting defenseman. He can really move the puck and set up scoring chances. Between the Red Wings and Blues, he had 24 points in 75 games. But he was below replacement on the defensive end this season, continuing the erosion of that side of his game. He still could garner $5 million or more annually against the cap, but defensemen can end up on a slippery slope at this point in their careers.

Age: 30 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4.1 million

The risk here is that Manson’s reputation as a physical defensive defenseman combined with his role in the Avs’ run to the Stanley Cup Final is going to manifest into a ridiculous contract offer from someone. Despite some of his playoff numbers, Manson is an offensive pit who also takes too many penalties. On the right terms, having him is an asset. Too much investment, though, and he could be seen in a much different light.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $1.225 million

Motte is one of those bottom-six players who is an absolutely smart signing at a certain price point but whose lack of offensive output in balance with good-but-not-spectacular defense could become glaring at a higher AAV. It’s possible his next deal will fall into the latter category this summer.

Age: 27 | 2021-22 cap hit: $3.64 million

It’s pretty obvious that those 30-goal campaigns from Rakell around five seasons ago were anomalous. His ability to finish chances is substandard — this was the first time in four seasons that Rakell finished above 10% in shooting percentage. He’s a player who tallies around two points per 60 minutes and has been well above replacement level in two of the past three seasons. But there are better, cheaper options as far as offensive wingers who don’t offer much defense at 5-on-5 — and they’ll score more goals, too.

The shocking potential departures

The players we simply can’t envision wearing another uniform.

Age: 36 | 2021-22 cap hit: $6.875 million

The best defensive forward in NHL history is a free agent in name only. He’s not sure whether he’ll return to play in his 19th NHL season, but if he does, it’s undoubtedly going to be with the Bruins. Bergeron’s decision, however, could impact how Boston approaches any number of other names on this list.

Age: 35 | 2021-22 cap hit: $7.25 million

One of two key free agents for the Penguins, along with Evgeni Malkin. Letang remains an elite offensive defenseman, tallying a career-high 68 points this season and averaging 2.0 points per 60 minutes in three of the past four seasons. His even-strength defensive metrics have declined in each of the past three seasons, which is to be expected with age.

Still, it would be advantageous for the Penguins to keep him around, as replacements for his skill set aren’t easy to come by. If not, he’ll quarterback someone’s power play to great success.

Age: 35 | 2021-22 cap hit: $9.5 million

Evgeni Malkin, ex-Penguin? It’s hard to comprehend that, but for the first time, the possibility exists that Malkin could continue his career elsewhere. Rob Rossi of The Athletic reported this week that the Fenway Sports Group has prioritized keeping Malkin and Letang in Pittsburgh for “the remainder of their respective careers.” Now it’s just a matter of money, and that’s always the trickiest matter.

If he becomes available, Malkin will make a fraction of his current cap number. He has reached the age where his speed, such as it ever was, has declined and injuries are a concern. But then you see those hands make a play that takes your breath away. This is Joe Thornton-type twilight for Malkin; will a series of one-year deals follow?

Age: 34 | 2021-22 cap hit: $4 million

This wouldn’t be the first time Perron left St. Louis, as this is actually his third stint with the Blues. But after four seasons, the Stanley Cup win and his place next to Ryan O’Reilly on the top line, it now feels as if there’s a sense of permanence with Perron and the Blue Note. Perron wants back, and GM Doug Armstrong has expressed the same.

“He’s a true pro, and [has] been a very good St. Louis Blue, and if we can make it work out, I’d love to,” Armstrong said. If Perron goes, expect a contender with an eye for playoff heroism to make a pitch.

The spackle

The free agents available who don’t fall neatly into one of the other tiers. But note that there are past (and probably future) Stanley Cup champions in the bunch.

Noel Acciari, C, Florida Panthers
Josh Archibald, F, Edmonton Oilers
Zach Aston-Reese, F, Colorado Avalanche
Jay Beagle, C, Arizona Coyotes
Nathan Beaulieu, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jordie Benn, D, Minnesota Wild
Matt Benning, D, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, C, Minnesota Wild
Brian Boyle, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Tyler Bozak, C, St. Louis Blues
Derick Brassard, C, Edmonton Oilers
Justin Braun, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Will Butcher, D, Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Carpenter, C, Calgary Flames
Zdeno Chara, D, New York Islanders
Alex Chiasson, F, Vancouver Canucks
Andrew Cogliano, C, Colorado Avalanche
Ian Cole, D, Carolina Hurricanes
Nick Cousins, C, Nashville Predators
Calvin de Haan, D, Chicago Blackhawks
Danny DeKeyser, D, Detroit Red Wings
Nicolas Deslauriers, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild
Casey DeSmith, G, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Dzingel, F, San Jose Sharks
Cody Eakin, C, Buffalo Sabres
Tyler Ennis, C, Ottawa Senators
Sam Gagner, C, Detroit Red Wings
Alex Galchenyuk, F, Arizona Coyotes
Thomas Greiss, G, Detroit Red Wings
Erik Gudbranson, D, Calgary Flames
Robert Hagg, D, Florida Panthers
Jaroslav Halak, G, Vancouver Canucks
Darren Helm, C, Colorado Avalanche
Thomas Hickey, D, New York Islanders
Vinnie Hinostroza, F, Buffalo Sabres
Brad Hunt, D, Vancouver Canucks
Mattias Janmark, F, Vegas Golden Knights
Marcus Johansson, F, Washington Capitals
Jack Johnson, D, Colorado Avalanche
Martin Jones, G, Philadelphia Flyers
Mikko Koskinen, G, Edmonton Oilers
Curtis Lazar, C, Boston Bruins
Trevor Lewis, RW, Calgary Flames
Ilya Lyubushkin, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
Olli Maatta, D, Los Angeles Kings
Greg McKegg, C, New York Rangers
Colin Miller, D, Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Murray, D, Colorado Avalanche
Riley Nash, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Markus Nutivaara, D, Florida Panthers
Cedric Paquette, C, Montreal Canadiens
Mathieu Perreault, C, Montreal Canadiens
Tyler Pitlick, RW, Montreal Canadiens
Mark Pysyk, D/RW, Buffalo Sabres
Michael Raffl, F, Dallas Stars
Victor Rask, C, Seattle Kraken
Brad Richardson, C, Vancouver Canucks
Brett Ritchie, F, Calgary Flames
David Rittich, G, Nashville Predators
Kevin Rooney, C, New York Rangers
Antoine Roussel, F, Arizona Coyotes
Kris Russell, D, Edmonton Oilers
Zach Sanford, C, Ottawa Senators
Justin Schultz, D, Washington Capitals
Riley Sheahan, C, Seattle Kraken
Dominik Simon, C, Anaheim Ducks
Brendan Smith, D, Carolina Hurricanes
Nico Sturm, C, Colorado Avalanche
Brandon Sutter, F, Vancouver Canucks
Marc Staal, D Detroit Red Wings
Troy Stecher, D, Los Angeles Kings
Derek Stepan, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Anton Stralman, D, Arizona Coyotes
Chris Tierney, C, Ottawa Senators
Jimmy Vesey, LW/RW, New Jersey Devils
Keith Yandle, D, Philadelphia Flyers

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