Minnesota Wild Trade Targets: Forwards

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Jan 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; AArizona Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette (50) prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Antoine Vermette, center

6’1”, 198 lbs

July 20, 1982

Average Annual Value: $3,750,000

Antoine Vermette is well established as a two-way forward with skill and aptitude on the penalty kill. With over 800 games to his name, he can provide leadership, secondary scoring, and the size/skill element that is so crucial in the western conference.

As far as points go, he hasn’t performed much in the playoffs, with nine goals and nine assists in 58 career playoff games. He’s also a minus-20 this year, but that is with an Arizona Coyotes squad that has been dismal this year.

The native of St. Agapit, Québec has a 56.1 faceoff percentage on the season. Minnesota has a history of going for guys strong in the faceoff circle over the last few years. They acquired Zenon Konopka for the 2012-13 season, and signed David Steckel to a professional tryout prior to the 2013-14 season. And my mom thinks he’s good looking… so there’s that.