Posted September 11, 2018 09:00:10With the NHL season now in full swing, there’s no shortage of players that are expected to make an impact on the league’s roster this season.
But it’s also clear that some of the players that could make a difference are in no hurry to move on.
In fact, there are plenty of players on the NHL’s depth chart who are in a different stage of their career.
Here are five players who have the most value on their respective teams and the chance to be a difference-maker this season:The Coyotes are in need of a third line center and have been looking for a new addition to the lineup this offseason.
According to reports, they’ve turned to the likes of Matt Duchene and Mattias Ekholm to fill the gap and have already received several offers.
Duchene is set to hit the open market next month and Ekholm has a contract that is set for the 2018-19 season.
However, the team could still turn to another player that could provide depth on the third line if they decide to bring in a player with a similar name to Duchene.
“I think we’ve got a pretty good group of guys that can help us,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told Arizona Sports 98.5 FM.
“We’re pretty excited.
We’ve got some depth in our group that can play right away.
I think we’re all looking forward to the challenge.
I don’t know if they want to sign [Duchene] or if they’ll sign him.
I’d be more surprised if we brought in someone that’s as good of a player as Duchene.”
The Ducks and Coyotes have both been in search of a center this offseason, but there is a chance that the Ducks could be willing to take a chance on Duchene, who is in his second NHL season after spending his first nine seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 22-year-old scored 22 goals and 47 points in 59 games last season, making him the top-scoring center in the entire NHL.
“We’re definitely looking for that third line piece,” Tippet said.
“Matt is a guy that can make a lot of plays and score a lot, but he’s also a guy who can get the puck up the ice and create for himself.
So, he’s got some skills that could be very valuable in the right situation.”
With the possibility of a Duchene-led third line on the horizon, the Coyotes could also look to the Sedins and Kesler twins as potential options for the third-line center role.
However and in different scenarios, the Ducks might be more inclined to stick with Ekholm, who was acquired by the Ducks in a trade that sent former Ducks winger Nick Bonino to the Nashville Predators.