By Drew Ericsen
Due to the recent acquisition of Dustin Tokarski, it would appear the Anaheim Ducks are setting up for another trade. Obviously this trade will need to be for someone who can score goals on a regular basis, something that the Ducks just haven’t quite seemed to figure out. Following, you will find a list of some of the rumored potential targets for the Ducks to make their trade for.
1. Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Common knowledge around the league is that Drouin has asked to be traded. Several different teams have expressed great interest in the talented 20 year old. As of late it is rumored that he will most likely be dealt out to a Western Conference team, which can be good or bad news for the Ducks. So far this season, Drouin has played 19 games with the Lightning. In those games he has put up 2 goals and 6 assists for a total of 8 points. While a lot of people say that Drouin may be untested, I believe that he would still be a vast improvement over what the Ducks currently have going on. For instance, a player who most fans thought would be incredible this year, Jakob Silfverberg, has managed to put together 10 points in 42 games played, just over double the number of games that Drouin has seen. I personally believe that while taking Drouin may be a risk, there is a good chance that he may be the answer to the prayers of many a Ducks fan.
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2. Kerby Rychel (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Another option for the Ducks is to perhaps go for a guy who appears to be slightly less talented as Drouin, but still has the ability to provide big results. The California native, born in Torrance, Rychel is another option for the Ducks. Back in the 2013, Bob Murray was looking heavily into picking up the young winger. Rychel ended up being taken 19th overall in the draft, just 7 picks before the Ducks could get to him. Due to Rychel being taken however, the Ducks were able to pick up Shea Theodore who certainly seems to be panning out well. Rychel has played 12 games up at the NHL level this year and has posted 4 assists for 4 points. He has also played 21 games in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters and has put up five goals and 15 assists for a total of 20 points. Rychel seems to be the slightly cheaper, less expensive option if the Ducks choose not to go after Drouin.
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers)
Another player whose name has popped up as a possible option is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers, who seem to still be of a rebuilding type of mindset may be willing to split with one of their higher talent guys. Nugent-Hopkins has played 43 games so far this year, posting 8 goals and 21 assists for 29 points. If Hopkins were on the Ducks he would be the points leader by two points, and have the second most assists, with just 2 points less than Ryan Getzlaf.
4. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers)
If Nugent-Hopkins is not the route the Ducks would want to take, another trade option with the Edmonton Oilers is Jordan Eberle. He is a little bit more of a goal scorer than Nugent-Hopkins is, which may play more into what the Ducks need right now. This season, Eberle has played 31 games and has put up 10 goals and 11 assists for a grand total of 21 points. Eberle has been a 20+ goal scorer on the season for the past two seasons, and looks to continue that trend this season.
5. Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets)
This one seems like somewhat of an odd one to me, seeing as the Anaheim Ducks have a plethora of good, young defensemen. However, it is a name that has been rumored as an option for the Ducks. Byfuglien has played 43 games so far this season putting up nine goals and 14 assists for a total of 23 points. While I don’t necessarily agree with this option, he would bring some added scoring to the Ducks blue line, and the wisdom of a guy who has played in the league for some time.
These are the five options that I have heard rumors about over the past week. I would love to hear your opinions on this, so please feel free to leave a response in the comment section!
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