2023-24 NHL Prediction: 5 Forwards Who Will Be Traded This Season

Training camps have opened up across the NHL as media day is in the books and the fun all begins soon. We've already seen a few late summer trades and you can expect to see some more transactions throughout training camp and the preseason. 

With the new season on the horizon, so too are a slew of new trade rumors as rosters take shape across the league. Let's have some fun and predict five forwards who will be traded at some point this season, they include:

Anthony Mantha, Washington Capitals

Mantha is entering the final season of his contract and is on the books for $5.7 million. Last season with the Caps, the hefty winger produced 11 goals and only 27 points in 67 games. 27 points, $5.7 million, that's not good math. Washington tried to deal Mantha throughout last season and were close to a deal but things fell through before the trade deadline. That won't be the case this season.

Adam Henrique, Anaheim Ducks

Henrique is one of the best pure centers on the rental market and will most certainly be dealt from the Ducks. He's in the final season of his deal which pays him $5.8 million. Anaheim's in a slow rebuild/transition phase but will likely be cashing in on their asset before the March deadline. Henrique recorded 38 points in 62 games last season for the Ducks.

Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks

Speaking of the Ducks, you can add veteran winger Jakob Silfverberg to the list. At 33 years old and in the final season of his contract, Anaheim's GM Pat Verbeek will surely be testing the trade market throughout the season. In 2022-23, Silfverberg scored 10 goals and added 16 assists in 81 games. He's way too expensive for his contract so Verbeek's going to have to retain some salary to get a team to bite.

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

A player with some term, Couture is a name to watch this season. The veteran center has four seasons left on his deal at $8 million and holds a modified trade clause where he submits a list of three teams he's interested in joining. Last season the 34-year-old Couture recorded 67 points in 82 games. Keep an eye on the Boston Bruins as they'll be hot on the center market this season.

Kevin Labanc, San Jose Sharks

Labanc is a pending unrestricted free agent who is owed $4.7 million against the cap in 2023-24. He's been a part of the trade chatter the past couple of seasons and Sharks' GM Mike Grier will surely be scaling the market to see what types of offers come his way. San Jose is in a full rebuild mode and will be selling off more than just Labanc. In 2022-23, the former sixth-round pick registered 33 points in 72 games and holds no trade protection for this season.

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