4. Ryan Dzingel
Dzingel is a prime candidate to get a bounce-back, prove-it type deal. After scoring 20+ goals in three straight seasons, Dzingel enters the offseason on a particularly sour note. He played 23 regular season games for the Blue Jackets last season after being traded by Ottawa at the deadline, scoring four goals and adding four assists. He was mostly absent in Columbus’s playoff run, scoring just one goal in nine games. He consistently totaled low ice-times and was thought to be a healthy scratch in the second round against Boston.
Still, it comes down to which Dzingel the Hurricanes think they’ll get: the Dzingel who scored 22 goals before the trade for Ottawa or the Dzingel who was a non-factor in the second half of the season.
For a Hurricanes team that could use help on the power-play and with more scoring help, Dzingel could be an intriguing option, especially considering he’ll be 28 this coming season. He could easily replace Ferland or Williams and provide more upside than either.