NHL Trade Speculation: 4 Best Fits for Carolina Hurricanes’ Jay McClement

February 28th, 2015 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
With a number of flashier trade targets already off the board, steady Carolina Hurricanes defensive center Jay McClement could emerge as a quietly sought-after item as Monday's NHL trade deadline approaches.

McClement, who also turns 32 on Monday, has helped the Carolina penalty kill rise to the top of the league during his first (and likely only) season in Raleigh.

The 742-game veteran ranks 12th in the NHL in short-handed ice time per game and eighth in short-handed faceoff wins among forwards—which has contributed to his No. 12 ranking in overall faceoff winning percentage.

Registering four goals and 12 assists in 60 appearances for the Canes so far this season, McClement has already surpassed the scoring production of his 81-game 2013-14 campaign in Toronto. Eleven of his 16 total points this season have come since the turn of the calendar.

Although never a game-changing playmaker nor a big-minutes star, McClement brings a dynamic combination of experience and reliability that makes him one of the better defensive role players in the NHL.

A free agent this summer, he should be an enticing and inexp ...

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