The Anaheim Ducks are a rebuilding team now but if they make the right moves, they will be a contending team very soon. This is what the Anaheim Ducks should do this offseason.
Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made
Anaheim Ducks trade John Gibson to the Buffalo Sabres for Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Dylan Cozens, Jacob Bryson, 2022 1st round pick (16).
The Ducks get a massive haul in exchange for John Gibson, which sees them get a top goaltender prospect, a really good young player in Dylan Cozens, Jacob Bryson, and the 16th pick in the 2022 Draft.
The Ducks also trade Adam Henrique and Sonny Milano to the Minnesota Wild for Brandon Duhaime, a 2022 3rd round pick, and a conditional 2024 3rd round pick. If Minnesota makes the second round of the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick. Anaheim retains 1.25 million of Adam Henrique's annual cap hit.
This trade is more about moving Henrique off the roster so their young players can get more ice time next season.
Jacob Silfverberg and Kevin Shattenkirk are traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Martin Necas and Ethan Bear.
This is a good trade for both teams because Anaheim wants to move their veteran players, while Carolina can use players like Silfverberg and Shattenkirk.
Anaheim also trades Max Jones and Derek Grant to the Florida Panthers for a 2022 5th round pick and a 2023 7th-round pick.
The Ducks move some more players off their roster for some draft picks.
Anaheim Ducks draft 4 Centers, 2 wingers, 5 defensemen, and 1 goalie in the 2022 draft, which improves their already stacked prospect pool.
Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:
Martin Necas-3yrs/3M per
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-3yrs/2.8M per
Ethan Bear-2yrs/2.8M per
Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/1.8M per
Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/1.75M per
Sam Steel-2yrs/1.5M per
Jacob Bryson-2yrs/1.1M per
Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs
Anaheim Ducks sign the following free agents:
Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3.5M per
This is how the lineup looks like next season
2022-23 Anaheim Ducks
F: F.Nazar, S.Pastujov, L.Ohgren, N.Ostlund, F.Bystedt, B-O.Groulx, L.Devlin,
D: O.Zellweger, S.Casey, S.Forsmark, T.Duke, A.Andersson, J.Weir, V.Komarov
G: L.Dostal, C.Clang, R.Elias
The Anaheim Ducks have built a great young team, they might not make the playoffs next season, but for sure can be contenders in two to three years.