Your hockey team can have the greatest goalie of all-time and an impenetrable defense on the blue line. This is useless unless you have forwards who can put the puck in the net. You can never have enough offense in hockey. For the upcoming 2014-2015 season, these are the best free agent forwards available.
For the majority of his career Thomas Vanek was playing for the hapless Buffalo Sabres. The 2013-2014 season was a crazy one for him as he spent it with three different teams: the Sabres, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens. Never having an opportunity to play for a team the average NHL fan pays close attention to; Vanek has the opportunity to jump to superstardom as he has the ability to consistently score over 30 goals a season. If Vanek was put in a situation with talent around him he may drastically improve his individual game and be worth more than ever.
After a buyout from the New York Rangers, Brad Richards finds himself a nomad in the NHL. He’s not quite a captain, but definitely not a scrub either. Richards is the perfect second line center who when playing well can make those around him better. Like many other talented centers, Richards benefits from talented wingmen. He has a true knack for passing the puck to goal-scorers, his career 489 assists in 552 games working as the perfect example.
One of the quietest yet most productive careers in the last ten years belongs to Mike Cammalleri. He has spent time with the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, and Montreal Canadiens yet has never gotten much credit for all that he has done. Cammalleri is not the most dominant player on the ice nor could he be at only 5’9. He is instead a well-disciplined player who seems to find ways to antagonize opponents without drawing too many penalties. In 2013-2014 he scored 26 goals in 63 games. For any team looking to add a missing piece, Cammalleri might be the experienced player to look at.
One of the most underrated goal-scorers of his generation and maybe ever, Jarome Iginla will join the free agent market for the upcoming NHL season. After spending 2013-2014 with the Boston Bruins he will be on the look for a new home. Even though he will be 37-years-old at the first puck drop he has proven that he can still play. Last season Iginla scored 30 goals and added 31 assists. In fact, other than the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season Iginla has scored 30 or more goals with 60 or more points every season since 1999. He has been pretty healthy throughout his entire career too. Still without a Stanley Cup win on his resume, Iginla will be ready to give whatever team he joins everything he has to help them win.
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