Oilers Could Target Ducks' Forward At Trade Deadline

The Anaheim Ducks are well out of the playoff race, so that means they should have already turned their attention to the trade deadline with who they are going to deal and to where. Adam Henrique is one of those names that have come up for the past year, but as he is a UFA at the end of this season, the Ducks will have to move him before the deadline this season or waste an asset and move him for nothing.

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that there is a willingness to move Henrique well in advance of the trade deadline this season. He is going to be a popular player that teams call about, especially since the Ducks are going to be retaining half of his salary and he will be very affordable for what he brings.

Pagnotta notes that if the Ducks are willing to retain half along with bringing back a contract on top of that, he thinks that the Edmonton Oilers could pursue him. He's another great veteran that they can bring in to play in the middle-six of the lineup, whether that be on Leon Draisaitl's wing or at center. He has primarily been a winger for the last number of years, but he is proven at center and can win draws, which is very important. He has sported over 51% in the faceoff circle for six consecutive seasons and has a 53.4% this season.

Henrique plays on the wing of the top line in Anaheim. Obviously this is a weaker team, but he can keep up with top players and continues to produce as he has 15 goals and 32 points in 48 games this season on a bottom of the barrel team. The Oilers will be looking at all options when looking to add a top-six forward and a deal like this could really work for them.

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