NHL Trade Deadline Player Rankings: Top Targets for 2024 Deadline

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel prepares for a face-off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.
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Michael DeRosa @ Feb 29, 2024, 10:04 AM

The 2024 NHL Trade Deadline is one week away, and we will soon see several moves because of it. One of the NHL’s top trade targets, Chris Tanev, was dealt to the Stars on Feb. 28, marking the end of his four-year tenure with the Flames.

Due to this, let’s now discuss the NHL’s top trade targets for the deadline as of Feb. 29. 

NHL Trade Deadline Player Rankings

RankPlayerTeamLast Week
1Jake GuentzelPenguins1
2Noah HanifinFlames2
3Adam HenriqueDucks6
4Jacob MarkstromFlames4
5Vladimir TarasenkoSenators7
6Sean WalkerFlyers10
7Pavel BuchnevichBluesNR
8Scott LaughtonFlyers9
9Frank VatranoDucksNR
10Tyler ToffoliDevilsNR

1. Jake Guentzel – Penguins 

With the way the Penguins’ season is trending, a Jake Guentzel trade is becoming more likely. The Penguins’ playoff hopes are continuing to decrease, and they simply cannot afford to lose the star winger for nothing through free agency. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan also recently shared that the Penguins have set an asking price for Guentzel – two first-round picks or a first-round pick and a top prospect. Potential landing spots for Guentzel are the Golden Knights, Canucks, and Oilers.

2. Noah Hanifin – Flames 

Noah Hanifin is easily the best defenseman available on the trade market. This is because the 27-year-old is a proven top-pairing defenseman who plays a reliable game defensively and also provides offense from the point. Teams linked to Hanifin include the Lightning, Devils, Bruins, Panthers, Avalanche, and Maple Leafs, but more are likely to pursue him as we get closer to the deadline. 

3. Adam Henrique – Ducks  

The center trade market is not the strongest, but Adam Henrique is easily the best of the bunch. The veteran forward is having a strong season and would be an impactful addition to a contender’s middle six if acquired. With that, his two-way play makes him an option for both the power play and the penalty kill. Henrique is a hot commodity, too, as he is linked to the Avalanche, Bruins, Rangers, Devils, Hurricanes, Oilers, and Islanders. 

4. Jacob Markstrom – Flames 

Jacob Markstrom needs to be watched extremely closely over the next week. Recently, the star goaltender was almost traded to the Devils, but the deal fell through. With this news, it is clear that the Flames are more than willing to move on from their starter, and teams needing goaltenders will be calling. Besides New Jersey, the Hurricanes have been connected to him. The Kings should also be watched. 

5. Vladimir Tarasenko – Senators 

Ottawa Senators winger Vladimir Tarasenko is one of the top trade targets heading into the deadline. With the Senators well out of the playoff race, they are expected to shop the pending UFA. Teams needing help in their top six would be wise to target him. Some clubs who have been linked to him in recent weeks include the Panthers, Lightning, Islanders, and Avalanche. The Rangers and Bruins also should be watched in the sweepstakes. 

6.  Sean Walker – Flyers

With Tanev being moved to the Stars, Sean Walker is now the top right-shot defenseman on the trade market. Because of this, his trade market will heat up from here, and a move could be on the way very shortly. Walker has shown this season that he can handle top-four minutes due to his steady all-around game. Teams currently linked to him include the Maple Leafs, Devils, Oilers, Lightning, and Avalanche. The Bruins also could enter the sweepstakes. 

7. Pavel Buchnevich – Blues

While the Blues are currently in the playoff race, there have been plenty of rumblings about a potential Pavel Buchnevich trade. The star winger will be a pending UFA after next season, and St. Louis could take advantage of his high trade value. One team connected to him in recent weeks is the Sabres. 

8. Scott Laughton – Flyers  

Scott Laughton is a Flyers forward who could be dealt before the deadline. They are listening to offers for the veteran forward, and he is the perfect kind of player that a playoff team should be adding. This is because he is a strong two-way forward who plays a heavy game and is excellent on the penalty kill. Teams currently linked to him include the Sabres, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Avalanche, Senators, and Oilers. 

9. Frank Vatrano – Ducks 

Frank Vatrano is having a career-best season with the Ducks. With Anaheim being in the middle of a big-time rebuild, there is a real shot that they will deal with the skilled winger before the deadline passes. He would be a notable addition to a contender’s middle six and power play. Teams linked to him include the Red Wings, Rangers, Avalanche, and Islanders. 

10. Tyler Toffoli – Devils 

Tyler Toffoli is starting to create some chatter in the rumor mill. The Devils are having a disappointing season and currently do not hold a playoff spot. If they struggle over their next few games, the expectation is that Toffoli will get moved due to his pending UFA status. The Kings have a confirmed interest in him. 

When’s the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline?

The 2024 NHL Trade Deadline is on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Leading up to the final minute, we will see several trades completed. 

Who’s the Top NHL Trade Candidate in 2024?

Jake Guentzel is the NHL’s top trade candidate in 2024. Snipers of his ability are rarely available on the trade market, and he will be a massive addition for a contender if he is traded. How the Penguins perform over the next week will determine if he gets dealt. 

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