2 Players Listed As "Natural Fits" In Trade Return For Nikolaj Ehlers

The Winnipeg Jets are considering trading winger Nikolaj Ehlers, and two players have been identified as "natural fits" in a potential deal: Jakob Chychrun and Martin Necas, according to
Murat Ates of The Athletic. 

Ehlers, renowned for his scoring ability, is seen as a valuable asset for teams looking to enhance their offensive firepower. Given Ehlers' potential unwillingness to re-sign with the Jets when his contract expires in 2025, the team is exploring options to maximize his trade value now.

The 28-year-old recorded 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 total points across 82 games played this past season.

Jakob Chychrun, a defenseman from the Ottawa Senators, would significantly bolster Winnipeg's blue line. 

Like Ehlers, Chychrun is one year away from free agency, making a trade mutually beneficial. His defensive skills and offensive capabilities would provide the Jets with a substantial upgrade, addressing a critical area of need. 

This past season, Chychrun put up 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 total points over 82 games played, along with a -30 plus/minus rating and 154 blocked shots.

Chychrun’s impending free agency aligns with Ehlers’ contract situation, making a direct swap a feasible and strategic move for both teams.

Alternatively, Martin Necas from the Carolina Hurricanes presents another intriguing option. At 25 years old, Necas is a restricted free agent who has demonstrated consistent scoring ability, averaging 57 points per 82 games over the past three seasons. 

Although Ehlers has a slightly higher production rate, acquiring Necas would help offset Ehlers' departure while adding youth and potential to the Jets' roster.

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