Ranking the Best Young NHL Trade Assets Right Now

January 16th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The NHL trade deadline is usually when pending free-agent veterans tend to be shopped. But as this season's deadline approaches, several young players have emerged as potential trade candidates. Notables include Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin.

A player age 25 or younger can be traded for different reasons. Some, like Nugent-Hopkins, could be moved for a return that addresses another roster need. Sometimes a young player, like Drouin, requests a trade. Others, like Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen, might not be a good fit with their current club.

The following slideshow ranks the best young NHL trade assets right now, indicating why they're believed on the trade block and potential destinations. Feel free to voice your opinion below. 

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