NHL Rumors: Market Heating Up For 4 Ducks Players

The Anaheim Ducks are primed to finish at the bottom of the NHL standings this season with a number of trade candidates on their roster to help them speed the rebuild along. The market is already starting to heat up for four players in particular - John Klingberg, Adam Henrique, Frank Vatrano, and Kevin Shattenkirk.

There's no doubt that Klingberg and Shattenkirk will be moved seeing as they can be rentals for playoff teams and good defencemen are always in demand. Henrique and Vatrano both have at least one more year left on their deal so it will be more difficult to move them, especially with the cap hits they hold.

The Ducks have tons of cap space so it is no problem for them to retain salary on any trade they make, even if it is for multiple years. They are trying to inject youth into their lineup.

Klingberg and Shattenkirk both have an offensive skillset but are lacking a bit defensively. They don't have offensive stats that pop out this season, but that has a big part to do with the Ducks being ranked 29th in goals scored this season. Klingberg recorded 47 points last season in just 74 games. So on a better team, the offence will start to shine through again.

Henrique and Vatrano are good middle-six options. Henrique can play centre or the wing and is productive in both. He has nine goals and 17 points this season with a strong faceoff percentage of 53.7. Ever since he's arrived in Anaheim, his faceoff percentage has been great. Vatrano will play exclusively on the wing, but on a good team he should slot into the bottom-six with the ability to slide up.

The Ducks are going to be very active at this season's trade deadline and likely be able to get a good haul for their players.

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