Top 20 players fans must know about ahead of the 2024 NHL trade deadline

The 2024 NHL trade deadline season is in full swing following a big move that occurred last night involving Chris Tanev. Here are 20 more names to know.

Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice / Brett Holmes-USA TODAY Sports
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Scott Laughton would bring an edgy playing style to a contender’s lower lines

While Jake Guentzel and Noah Hanifin are worthy of playing on the top lines and pairings and thus will give their respective teams blockbuster compensation in a trade, Scott Laughton is a player who wouldn’t go for such a maximum price. However, a team that needs to bring on a physical presence will see value in Laughton, and there is a significant chance they will give up more than just solid compensation to land him. 

Laughton is scoring just a half point per game with 30 in 60 contests, with nine goals, and a meager 7.0 shooting percentage. Therefore, teams that call the Flyers will be those looking for more defense from a forward who is landing almost two hits per game and has nearly a 50-50 chance of winning faceoffs. 

Teams looking for better performances out of their special teams will also see value, as Laughton has recorded over 70 minutes on the man advantage, plus nearly 110 minutes on the penalty kill. 

His value when shorthanded has been incredible, with the Flyers giving up an average of one power play goal every five games when he’s on the ice, not to mention their eye-popping seven shorthanded goals. Teams like the Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Vancouver Canucks can use some help when they are at 4-on-5.