As the Nashville Predators head to the trade deadline looking for scoring, they should take a look at trading for Ryan Dzingel.
The Nashville Predators have hit a dry spell lately. Not anything too awful as they are 5-4-1 in their last ten and still sit in second place in the Central division, but still nothing to be happy about as we approach the NHL Trade Deadline.
One thing the Predators desperately need is goal scoring as their offensive weapons have really trailed off as of late, especially during the Preds 5-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night, and there has to be a change made soon. One of those changes could be trading for Ryan Dzingel.
Dzingel is having by far the best season of his career, scoring 22 goals and adding 21 assists for a career-high of 43 points in 56 games this season. He is also one goal away from tying his career high of 23 goals he set last season.
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In three full seasons of NHL play Dzingel has scored 62 goals and 125 points in 246 games, good for just over half a point a game, along with a quarter of a goal per game, which is very good considering the team he plays for now.
The 26-year-old forward will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is unlikely to resign with the Ottawa Senators, as he will be one of three players they will be looking to deal at the deadline for this reason.
Dzingel is the most underappreciated of the three, which is why I think it is the best idea for them to trade for him, as it won’t take as many assets as it would acquire Matt Duchene or Mark Stone from the aforementioned Senators.
All it could take for the Predators to acquire the services of Ryan Dzingel could be their first-round draft pick, which is a steep price to pay for a guy who can leave you after the season’s end, but looking at what the Predators gave up for Brian Boyle two weeks ago, the deal seems worth it.
Dzingel is a guy that can add goal scoring to a team that desperately needs it, and for the cost of a first round pick, I think it’s worth it. If things go as planned, that first-round draft choice the Predators give up in this deal could be a very low pick, so it wouldn’t matter as much.
The Nashville Predators are in win-now mode, and if they can trade for Ryan Dzingel, they could very well have the missing piece to their Stanley Cup puzzle.