3 sound trades that will catapult the San Jose Sharks rebuilding efforts

Everyone in the San Jose Sharks organization knew they were in for a rough season, so now, their rebuilding efforts will launch as we approach the trade deadline.

Jan 30, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Anthony Duclair (10) plays the
Jan 30, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Anthony Duclair (10) plays the / Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
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When you think about major sellers for the 2024 trade deadline, the San Jose Sharks are the first team that comes to mind with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks being close runner-ups. If there is any good news for Sharks fans everywhere, it’s that they do have some hidden talents on this roster who should at least give them a positive return in the form of prospects and draft picks. 

While the players listed below may not have had high price tags in the past, their value will inflate as the NHL’s top contenders seek to hoist the Stanley Cup come June 2024. Therefore, don’t be surprised if and when the Sharks get some decent returns for the following three players. 

Anthony Duclair would complete the Edmonton Oilers while giving the Sharks assets

There isn’t a single player on the San Jose Sharks who isn’t struggling, so it’s premature to believe Anthony Duclair won’t bring in a sound haul. Duclair had a down season last year with the Florida Panthers thanks to an Achilles injury limiting his availability, but his sheer ability to score in the past will increase his value. 

Remember, Duclair scored 31 goals during his final full season with the Panthers before injuries struck, and a team like the Edmonton Oilers that is only one solid scorer short of a magical playoff run will be interested in his services. They also have a few solid and high-potential future assets to hand over to San Jose. 

Philip Broberg is the first name that jumps out, but the logistics of this trade would be tough for the Sharks since it would require retaining some of Duclair’s salary, and they only have room to retain one more. 

Instead, Nikita Yevseyev and Matt Copponi head over to San Jose, along with a pair of lower-liners in Connor Brown and Mattias Janmark, and a 2024 second-round pick to complete this trade. This gives the Oilers their scorer, plus valuable assets to the Sharks along with two players who will be unrestricted free agents in the offseason, further freeing space for San Jose to build for the future.