Adam Henrique | Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks have some rebuilding to do. They aren’t as far ahead as other teams, like the New Jersey Devils or even the Montreal Canadiens who have stockpiled 14 picks in the 2020 draft.
The Ducks could very well be in the selling business next season.
That could mean they look to convert aging players on big contracts into assets they can use going forward. Guys like Adam Henrique who sit with another four years at a $5.825 million cap hit.
The recently turned 30-year-old Adam Henrique was drafted by Lou Lamoriello in the third round of the 2008 draft. By the 2010-11 season, Lou brought him up to the NHL where he’s been a productive player ever since.
Remember is was the Ray Shero regime that traded Henrique to Anaheim for Sami Vatanen.
With Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Casey Cizikas already on the team, the Islanders don’t need another center. But then again we’ve seen veteran centers move to the wing later in their careers.
Eric Staal and Claude Giroux are two recent examples of players who were centers that were moved to the outside later on. Why not do the same for Henrique who has shown he can be an effective producer at the NHL level with two 50 point seasons in his career. With 39 points in 63 games, he’s on pace for a third 50 point season.
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If the Ducks are in need of picks and prospects, Lou Lamoriello might just call for his old friend Adam Henrique. Sure, Henrique has a ten-team no-trade list, but we’ve seen players waive that no-trade to play for Lou recently. What says Henrique doesn’t follow suit to play for Lou again on the Island?