There is not an impressive list of available free agent forwards left in the NHL this offseason. Still, some quality wingers and centers remain.
While many teams have signed the majority of the players they need already, there are some still looking.
This is a list of the 13 best forwards still remaining and available for the picking.
Alexei Kovalev scored 16 goals last season and could still reach 20 next year.
He isn’t retiring and, with the right team, could continue being a difference-maker.
Steve Bernier is one of the younger free agents available.
He’s a speedy winger and would be able to help any team kill penalties.
John Madden is nearing the end of his days with the NHL.
He’s still got a year or two left in him though, and could be a good backup to a contender. He wouldn’t be a long-term solution but could make a difference for a season or so.
Another older guy, Vaclav Prospal is not a player you’d want for your top six. He was injured last year but in the eight seasons prior he averaged slightly under 80 games a year.
He’s good enough to improve a third or fourth line for many teams.
Kyle Wellwood is great defensively. He is not very physical but he helped the Sharks last season.
Last season he allowed the least amount of goals per minute playing 5 on 5 and does really well when his team is short handed.
J.P. Dumont has the veteran leadership any team would want.
He had a down year last season but if he gets back to his past seasons, he’d be a great use to whatever team chose to pick him up.
Mike Grier has over 1000 games of experience and would be an asset to any team.
He was the Sabres’ top penalty killer last season and could continue that next year.
It’s hard to tell if Chris Drury will be able to last through another season.
If he can stay healthy, his experience and leadership could help a team.
Brendan Morrison would be a cheap pickup.
He’s good defensively and can be a big help with penalty kills. He’s a good addition for his price.
Nikolai Zherdev is more of a one-dimensional player, but at this point he’s one of the best remaining.
He has skill but a team likely will not sign him unless he comes cheap.
Sergei Samsonov ended his season better than he started it.
He had three goals and 11 assists with the Panthers, and could fare well somewhere in a team’s bottom six.
Teemu Selanne is close to retirement. If he doesn’t retire, chances are he’ll stay with the Anaheim Ducks.
He’s the highest scoring free agent available at this point, so a team could choose to pick him up.
If anything, Cory Stillman is an accomplished veteran. He’s won the Stanley Cup twice and had 12 goals with 27 assists last season.
He’s getting older but could have another good year or two in him.