The third player the Wild should look at trading is speedy left-shot winger Jason Zucker. It’s funny to think Paul Fenton spent nearly all of last season trying to give Zucker away as he did with a couple of other players. Zucker hasn’t had the best season, but after missing close to five weeks with an injury his numbers are not bad. Zucker has quietly amassed 14 goals and 14 assists in 40 games this season. The only tough thing about pulling off a Zucker deal is his modified NTC and the fact that he still has three more years on his contract after this season at 5.5 million (per capfriendly.com).
Zucker is an intriguing piece for any team trying to make a deep playoff push. Zucker can wheel around defenders not only using his speed, but Zucker is a great skater and shows unbelievable edge work. His ability to fly through the neutral zone and change angles with a heel-to-heel turn is crazy. Zucker can bring speed and scoring to any team with the cap space that are looking to upgrade their top six, and who doesn’t want a King Clancey award winner in their locker room? Zucker could bring back a noteworthy package for his services. Any team in contention would be willing to give up a first-round pick for Zucker along with a prospect or two.