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The top 20 pieces of trade bait on the NHL market

Tim Tucker   ·   22 janvier 2020
With the NHL trade deadline less than five weeks away, you can bet GMs around the league are busy on the phones attempting to either shore up their lineup for a deep playoff run or adding assets for the future. Some teams are still deciding whether they are buyers or sellers but time is running out to make a decision. With that in mind, TSN recently ranked the top 20 pieces of trade bait on the NHL market this season. We'll post the list at the end and take a closer look at the top five.

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While positions in a top 20 list are always debatable, the first person on this list is the consensus of the vast majority of analysts for the hottest potential pick up heading into the playoffs. That would be Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. Kreider is in the final year of a deal worth $4.63 million per season and it seems a given he will end up with another team by the trade deadline. The 28-year-old has 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 48 games this season. While never a star, Kreider has been extremely consistent throughout his NHL career and was recently named an NHL All-Star for the first time in his career, filling in for injured teammate Artemi Panarin. Kreider can definitely add an offensive threat and some grit to a team looking to make a playoff run. He will likely command the biggest asking price, rumoured to be a first round pick plus a prospect, and the Rangers will enjoy a bidding war for his services. Kreider was drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 2009. He can always return to the team on July 1st, if he so chooses.

Number two on the list, according to TSN, is L.A. defenceman Alec Martinez. Martinez still has one year left on his contract after this season, paying him $4 million per. However, with the Kings in the midst of a rebuild and Martinez being 32-years-old, it's likely to two parties will part ways for the right price. Unfortunately for the Kings, it hasn't exactly been a banner year for Martinez, with just one goal and six points in 32 games. However, he can still provide sound defense for a team hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.



The number three spot on the trade bait list belongs to Ilya Kovalchuk of the Montreal Canadiens. If you follow hockey at all you're likely already well aware of his resurgence in Montreal in the eight games he's played for the team. Kovalchuk has four goals and four assists in that time span and looks very different from the player who had his contract with the L.A. Kings terminated in December. The issue for Montreal is the team has to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. Currently out of a playoff spot in the east, the situation looks bleak, but not impossible. Should the Habs decide to sell, Kovalchuk's signing at the league minimum could fetch a very nice return.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau of the Ottawa Senators comes in fourth. Pageau, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, is on pace for his best year ever with 31 points, including 19 goals, in 46 games. Outside of Kovalchuk, he's also one of the cheaper players on this list, making $3.1 million this season. With Ottawa looking for assets for the future, Pageau is a great trade chip to have for the team.

Rounding out the top five is a goaltender that has been the subject of trade talks since around November. With Igor Shesterkin seemingly appointed the goalie of the future for the New York Rangers, there have been rumours swirling about Alexandar Georgiev. Georgiev has been very good this season while playing on a team that is far from it. In 23 games, he has a 12-10-1 record with a 3.11 goals against average and a save percentage .910. His name has been linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs several times but there are likely a few teams vying for his services. He can provide great goaltending depth for a Cup contender.

The rest of the top 20 can be viewed below.

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FEBRUARY 20, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
MARK SCHEIFELE
3 1 4
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 3 4
TRAVIS KONECNY
1 2 3
JAKE MUZZIN
1 2 3
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
2 - 2
BEN CHIAROT
2 - 2
STEVEN STAMKOS
2 - 2
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
DREW DOUGHTY
1 1 2
NICK FOLIGNO
1 1 2
KEVIN HAYES
1 1 2
ALEC MARTINEZ
1 1 2
MAX PACIORETTY
1 1 2
MARK STONE
1 1 2
GABRIEL VILARDI
1 1 2
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
- 2 2
AARON EKBLAD
- 2 2
NIKITA GUSEV
- 2 2
VICTOR HEDMAN
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
60 95
NATHAN MACKINNON
59 84
DAVID PASTRNAK
61 84
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
ARTEMI PANARIN
58 79
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 76
JACK EICHEL
59 75
PATRICK KANE
60 75
BRAD MARCHAND
61 75
NIKITA KUCHEROV
59 74
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
61 43
AUSTON MATTHEWS
62 43
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
59 41
SEBASTIAN AHO
59 34
LEON DRAISAITL
60 34
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
60 61
JOHN CARLSON
60 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
61 54
BRAD MARCHAND
61 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
60 70
ROMAN JOSI
59 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
59 51
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
ALEX PIETRANGELO
61 47
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
CALE MAKAR
51 45
VICTOR OLOFSSON
45 40
NICK SUZUKI
63 40
DOMINIK KUBALIK
58 38
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
45 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
44 26
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 26
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
46 25
CAREY PRICE
52 25
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
30 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
44 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
50 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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