With U.S. Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror and most NHL teams now more than a quarter of the way into their season, general managers have had ample opportunity to gauge the strength of their rosters.
And the weaknesses, too.
That will naturally lead to an uptick in trade talk, even though the NHL remains a league where we don’t typically see much action until the calendar flips to the new year.
Yes, it’s still extremely early — this season’s trade deadline won’t arrive until March 8 — and many organizations don’t yet know which way they’re headed as either sellers, buyers or fence-sitters. But we are starting to see the initial outlines of how the trade market is taking shape.
Here’s the first edition of our Big Board.
Note: Net ratings and market values are via Dom Luszczyszyn’s model and are based on statistics as of Nov. 28 plus projections for the remainder of the season.
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