Top 5 Remaining Unrestricted Free Agent Forwards

There has been a lot of action over the last couple of days since the Free Agent Frenzy began in the NHL, but for teams still looking to fill some holes in their lineups, there are some unrestricted free agents who remain out there. You just have to look a little harder, particularly after Vladimir Tarasenko came off the board earlier on Wednesday, and then Jack Roslovic later in the day.

Here we have a look at the Top 5 remaining UFA forwards, as of Wednesday evening, based on points-per-game, as provided by CapFriendly.

  1. Daniel Sprong 
  2. Alex Nylander
  3. James van Riemsdyk
  4. Max Pacioretty
  5. Tyler Johnson
For teams looking for a boost in offense, Daniel Sprong is the best bet, with 39 goals and 89 points over the past two seasons, despite playing bottom-six minutes at between 11 and 12 minutes per game over that span. He's projected for a $4.1M AAV by AFP Analytics.

A sneaky good under-the-radar choice could be Alex Nylander, who notched 11 goals in his last 21 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but was surprisingly not tendered a qualifying offer. 

James van Riemsdyk is no longer the 30-goal scorer he once was, or even a 20- or a 15-goal scorer, but at 35, he still has a nose for the net, and can be a decent third liner for a team in need. He's in line, according to projections, to be able to land a contract in the $1.2 to $1.5 million range. 

Then, of course, there's 35-year-old former six-time 30-goal scorer Max Pacioretty, whose last two seasons have been ravaged by injury. But if he can get healthy again... In his last two healthy seasons, he was a point-per-game player with the Vegas Golden Knights. He netted 19 goals in just 39 games just two seasons ago, and lit the lamp 24 times the year before that.  

Tyler Johnson was brought into Chicago this past season to provide a veteran presence, and he did that, while adding 17 goals in 67 games. 

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