1. Thomas Vanek, Winger, Montreal Canadiens

Overview: Vanek is a three time 40-goal scorer. Last year, playing between Buffalo, the Islanders and Montreal; Vanek had a career low 27 goals through a full season of hockey. Vanek is the best scoring winger on the market, but lacks a defensive presence in the lineup, as he is also not very physical and tends to get overworked and out matched for the puck. Regardless of his lack of physicality and puck possession skills, he is an experienced winger who will provide an instant boost to any offense who needs it. He will not throw hits, or block shots, nor can he protect a late game lead. He is a goal scorer only, and in my guess; will earn somewhere between $6-7 million per season.

2013-2014 Stat Line: 27 Goals, 41 Assists, 68 Points, +7 P/M

2. Radim Vrbata, Winger, Phoenix Coyotes
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Overview: Vrbata is a very different player then Thomas Vanek, as Vrbata is a solid fore-checking, possession winger with a very nice scoring touch. He had a ridiculous 26 shootout goals over the past five seasons in Phoenix. He had a career high 35 goals in 2011-2012 with the ‘Yotes and has scored over 15 goals per season since 2009 except for the shortened lockout season where he had 12 goals. Vrbata is also very solid in the defensive zone and although he is certainly not a defensive specialist, he is also not a liability in his own zone. He would be a great fit for a team like New Jersey or Los Angeles.

2013-2014 Stat Line: 20 Goals, 31 Assists, 51 Points, -6 P/M

 

3. Matt Moulson, Winger, Minnesota Wild

Overview: Moulson is the 2nd best scoring option at Winger in this years free agency. Although, he’s not a two-way player, he will hustle back into his own zone and attempt to make some plays. He spent this season between 3 teams, the Islanders, Sabres and Minnesota Wild. Going into last seasons lockout shortened season, Moulson had three straight 30-goal seasons. Moulson, over the last three seasons has scored 22 even strength goals in all 3 seasons. He is also a very shifty and solid player on the power play. He had 19 points on the PP this year, and finished in the top 10 for PP Goals. Moulson is not, as I stated; a two-way winger, and will only fill a role as a top-6 scoring forward. One other interesting thing about Moulson, is his lack of playoff experience. He has only made the playoffs once in his career, and was bounced out in the first round.

2013-2014 Stat Line: 23 Goals, 28 Assists, 51 Points, +2 P/M

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