NHL Unrestricted Free Agents: Top Picks In The Market
The new NHL season is about to begin, and franchises have already spent 90 percent of their cap dollars to acquire and release players. But the draft period isn’t over yet. The selection still offers promising unrestricted free agents.
Teams that continue to fill their rosters for the 2020-21 season should keep an eye on the following players:
Mike Hoffman, F, Florida Panthers
Hoffman is considered by many as one of the best pure goal scorers in the offseason. His agent recently told media outlets that multiple teams already contacted Hoffman, but the player has yet to sign deals. At press time, Hoffman is the No.1 free agent in the market.
Anthony Duclair, F, Ottawa Senators
Duclair is still navigating the world of NHL, but his expertise in ice hockey is unquestionable. Although Duclair failed to receive a qualifying offer in the offseason, now’s the chance for teams to make a deal with him without risking too much.
Mikael Granlund, F, Nashville Predators
Granlund’s stay with the Predators was disappointing, but his value as a player increased during his time with the Minnesota Wild. Based on his track record, Grandlund is a flexible and low-maintenance player.
Erik Haula, F, Florida Panthers
Haula dealt with injuries and consistent trades in the previous season. Still, Haula is a strong player when he’s in his fully-functional form. He’s one of the free agents at the centre position today.
Carl Soderberg, F, Arizona Coyotes
Notwithstanding his disappointing run a few years ago, Soderberg has been a consistent player with solid production. He contributed an average of half-point per game last season.
Iya Kovalchuk, F, Washington Capitals
Kovalchuk is a legendary scorer, and he has proven himself across a 22-game run with the Montreal Canadiens last season. It’s surprising that Montreal didn’t offer Kovalchuk a spot, but his next team could surely utilize his strengths.
Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins
Chara won the James Norris Memorial Trophy while playing for the Bruins in the 2008–09 season. He was the first Slovak to captain a Stanley Cup champion. It’s the Bruins or nothing for Chara this season.
Travis Hamonic, D, Calgary Flames
Hamonic followed up one of his best seasons in 2018-19 with a poor third regular-season run with the Flames, so maybe that’s why he’s still a free agent. Regardless, Hamonic has been consistent as an individual player.
Andy Greene, D, New York Islanders
The trade opens brought by Devon Toews opened many opportunities for Greene to return to the Islanders. He was partially responsible for the team’s success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But we still need to wait for the Islanders’ final decision.