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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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With one week to go before the NHL’s trade deadline, the TSN Trade Bait Class of 2019 is shaping up to be the best in recent memory.

Rarely has such a prolific pack of players been up for grabs – a group jaw-dropping in both its star power and sheer depth.

Think back to years past and names like Wayne Simmonds (No. 4) or Kevin Hayes (No. 6) likely would have been enough to headline their class.

Three megawatt stars – Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Mark Stone – are all better than point-per-game players in the NHL and all seem more likely than not to be traded over the next week.

Last year, two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson was the marquee name on the board on Deadline Day – and Karlsson remained in play right up until the buzzer at 3 p.m. The Senators waited all summer to trade him. Evander Kane, Paul Stastny and Tomas Tatar all brought back first-round picks on the day of the deadline, making it a monster year.

Yes, there has seemingly always been one star attraction over the years – whether it was Kevin Shattenkirk (2017) or Eric Staal (2016), Keith Yandle (2015) or Martin St. Louis and Marian Gaborik (2014). But that is usually where the fun fell off.

But looking at the previous Trade Bait boards, some years felt more like a dudline rather than deadline. Jeff Petry was the No. 1 player available in 2015 once Yandle was dealt. The other “big” names available that year included Marek Zidlicky and Jan Hejda.

Seriously.

Two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky is looming on the board at No. 11. He has little chance to remain with the Blue Jackets beyond this season, but Bobrovsky alone controls his destiny by holding a full no-trade clause hammer.

Karlsson was the leading scorer on the board last season with 41 points. Cross off the Big Three at the top (Panarin, Duchene and Stone) and Gustav Nyquist at No. 8 has already put up 47 points with a week still to play.

The surging Carolina Hurricanes have been dangling one of their three right-shooting defencemen (Dougie Hamilton, Brett Pesce or Justin Faulk) all season long in search of a sniper. They all come with cost certainty in term on their deals. 

The Florida Panthers have internally discussed the idea of moving point-per-game winger Jonathan Huberdeau. Upper-echelon prospects Eeli Tolvanen and Jack Roslovic, who have yet to make their mark on the NHL, could be on the move along with first-round picks.

There is no shortage of intrigue, even well down the board, with potential heat on Minnesota’s Eric Staal (No. 30) to waive his no-trade clause, or whether a buyer will step up to meet the New York Rangers’ high asking price on Chris Kreider (No. 34).

The clock is ticking. The market is still sorting itself out, momentarily gummed up at the top while teams jockey between Stone and Panarin as the top prize, but the promise seems to be fireworks are on the horizon.

Here is TSN Hockey’s latest Trade Bait board, which always seeks to blend prominence of a player with his likelihood of a trade:
 

The Top 50

 
Trend Player Pos Age GP G PTS Cap Hit Years
  1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ LW 27 55 24 67 $6M UFA
  2. Matt Duchene, OTT C 28 49 27 56 $6M UFA
  3. Mark Stone, OTT RW 26 58 27 59 $7.35M UFA
  4. Wayne Simmonds, PHI RW 30 59 16 27 $3.98M UFA
  5. Jets' 1st-Round Pick             2019
  6. Kevin Hayes, NYR C 26 49 14 42 $5.18M UFA
  7. Mats Zuccarello, NYR RW 31 44 11 37 $4.5M UFA
  8. Gustav Nyquist, DET RW 29 59 15 48 $4.75M UFA
  9. Charlie Coyle, MIN C 26 59 10 28 $3.2M 1
  10. Jimmy Howard, DET G 34 41 2.80 0.913 $5.3M UFA
Embedded Image 11. Ryan Dzingel, OTT LW 26 56 22 43 $1.8M UFA
  12. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ G 30 42 2.88 0.904 $7.43M UFA
  13. Micheal Ferland, CAR LW 26 50 16 33 $1.75M UFA
  14. Marcus Johansson, NJD LW 28 47 11 25 $4.58M UFA
  15. Dougie Hamilton, CAR RD 25 59 10 23 $5.75M 2
  16. Adam Henrique, ANA C 29 59 12 31 $5.83M 5
  17. Jack Roslovic, WPG RW/C 22 58 7 17 $894K 1
  18. Brett Pesce, CAR RD 23 50 5 15 $4.03M 5
  19. Jakob Silfverberg, ANA RW 28 50 15 23 $3.75M UFA
  20. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA LW 25 57 13 53 $5.9M 4
  21. Eeli Tolvanen, NSH RW 19 4 1 2 $894K 2
  22. Artem Anisimov, CHI C 30 55 9 26 $4.55M 2
  23. Derick Brassard, FLA C 31 48 10 19 $5M UFA
  24. Cody Ceci, OTT RD 24 54 5 19 $4.3M RFA
Embedded Image 25. Nick Jensen, DET RD 28 59 2 15 $813K UFA
  26. Luke Glendening, DET C 29 60 9 20 $1.8M 2
  27. Alex Chiasson, EDM RW 28 49 17 27 $650K UFA
  28. Andre Burakovsky, WSH LW 23 53 7 16 $3M RFA
  29. Brayden Schenn, STL C 27 54 11 39 $5.13M 1
  30. Eric Staal, MIN C 34 58 17 37 $3.5M UFA
  31. Justin Faulk, CAR RD 26 59 5 21 $4.83M 1
  32. Adam McQuaid, NYR RD 32 34 2 5 $2.75M UFA
  33. Jeff Carter, LAK C 33 52 10 25 $5.27M 3
  34. Chris Kreider, NYR LW 27 58 24 45 $4.63M 1
  35. Colton Parayko, STL RD 25 58 9 18 $5.5M 3
  36. Alex Steen, STL LW 34 42 6 18 $5.75M 2
  37. Alec Martinez, LAK RD 31 43 4 15 $4M 2
  38. Jay Bouwmeester, STL LD 35 54 2 12 $5.4M UFA
  39. Carl Hagelin, LAK LW 30 37 2 8 $4M UFA
  40. Patrick Maroon, STL LW 30 50 4 16 $1.75M UFA
  41. Alex Edler, VAN LD 32 38 5 20 $5M UFA
  42. Ben Lovejoy, NJD RD 34 50 2 7 $2.67M UFA
  43. Vlad Namestnikov, NYR LW 25 54 6 19 $4M 1
  44. Nikolay Goldobin, VAN LW 23 52 6 25 $863K RFA
  45. Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM RW 20 46 4 9 $925K RFA
  46. Mikkel Boedker, OTT LW 29 51 6 28 $4M 1
  47. Tobias Rieder, EDM LW 26 44 0 10 $2M RFA
  48. Andreas Johnsson, TOR LW 24 51 15 31 $788K RFA
  49. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR RW 22 58 18 36 $863K RFA
  50. Jeff Skinner, BUF LW 26 58 36 53 $5.73M UFA
 

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