With Christmas fewer than two weeks away I thought it was a good time to toss in a quick two part series on team's wish lists. I'll take a look at prospective deadline buyers and identify current needs of each. I will also look at some deadline sellers so we can see what might become available at the deadline.
There's no better way to start this off than with the biggest surprise of the NHL season. One team we thought for sure was a deadline buyer is now all but guaranteed to be an NHL deadline seller.
New York Islanders – 24 Games Played, 19 Points
Division: 7th Conference: 14th
Wildcard: 12 points back of Detroit (5 games in hand)
Wishlist: Grab a couple picks and regroup for 2022/23.
Don't let the games in hand on Detroit fool you. The Bruins lurk 1 point behind Detroit, also with several games in hand. The hill to climb back into the playoff picture is immense.
Lou Lamoriello still likes the core of this team so I don't see a huge tear down on the horizon. Moving out a couple free agents to restock the cupboards is more in order.
Unless they go on a historic run I suspect we'll see Andy Greene and Cal Clutterbuck dished for picks. Neither holds any real fantasy value beyond your deepest of multi-cat pools. Zack Parise is another name we should expect to be on the move and is the only name you should watch for. There could be some late season value if he lands in the right spot and at $750K, it doesn't get cheaper than that.
Anaheim Ducks – 28 Games Played, 37 Points
Division: 1st, Conference 3rd
Wishlist: Patience. Make decisions on free agents Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson. Are they part of the future of this team or not?
The Ducks are the biggest surprise of the season. We’ve waited years for Sam Steel, Max Jones and Maxime Comtois to reach their potential. Instead, Troy Terry, Sonny Milano and Trevor Zegras have all surpassed them. There is a lot to like moving forward. Especially with $40 mi