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NHL trade rumors: Ducks’ blueliners Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm could be in play

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Trade rumors are heating up in advance of this weekend’s draft.

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The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is just a couple days away and trade talk is really starting to pick up league wide.

With that in mind TSN’s Frank Seravelli has released a big board featuring 30 notable assets that could be moved during draft weekend.

Featured on that list are a pair of Ducks defensemen in Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm.

The latter has been listed as a possible trade candidate since an initial list of 20 was released so it’s not surprising his name remains. I expect it will until if and when a contract extension can be worked out.

To me Fowler, who hasn’t been mentioned a lot until recently, joining the list is the bigger story here.

For the longest time the thought was that Hampus Lindholm - undoubtedly the Ducks’ top defenseman - would re-sign, Fowler would stay put and Sami Vatanen would be the one on the move.

Things have changed, though, and it now seems Fowler is the most likely candidate to be moved.

TSN’s list puts more of a premium on the likelihood of a trade as opposed to the quality of the player (Pavel Datsyuk’s contract is No. 2, P.K. Subban is No. 30) and Fowler is higher on the list than Lindholm.

Fowler comes in at 10 while Lindholm sits 21st. Vatanen was not listed at all, which is to be expected.

Hopefully the rankings are telling because, of the three, Fowler has the worst on-ice results.

As you can see over the last two seasons the Ducks have controlled the smallest portion of the shot attempts and goals with Fowler on the ice. Lindholm is clearly the best of the bunch and Vatanen has more than held his own while having Clayton Stoner as his most frequent defense partner.

Despite the pedestrian underlying numbers Fowler undoubtedly has a lot of value on the trade market - he’s young, he can move the puck and he has a pretty good contract - so if Bob Murray decides to move him he should fetch a good haul.

Given the on-ice results and perceived value Fowler has I think he should be traded if one of the big three have to go.

We’ll find out soon if Ducks management feels the same way.