Colorado Avalanche Should Consider 5 Hurricanes Players

RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 17: Carolina Hurricanes Center Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates with the puck in front pf Colorado Avalanche Center John Mitchell (7) in a regular season NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena on February 17, 2017. Colorado defeated Carolina 2 - 1 in OT. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 17: Carolina Hurricanes Center Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates with the puck in front pf Colorado Avalanche Center John Mitchell (7) in a regular season NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena on February 17, 2017. Colorado defeated Carolina 2 - 1 in OT. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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SUNRISE, FL – APRIL 2: Trevor van Riemsdyk #57 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on April 2, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Age: 26
2017-18 Stats: 3 goals, 13 assists (16 points) in 79 games
Career Stats: 11 goals, 36 assists (47 points) in 237 games

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Trevor van Riemsdyk is one of those names that gets attached to trade rumors all the time. Before the expansion draft, it was thought the Chicago Blackhawks would trade him to Vegas so the Golden Knights would take Marcus Kruger. Instead, though, Vegas just chose him in the expansion draft… and promptly traded him and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for the No. 62 overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound  defenseman is a solid and dependable player. He displays some versatility and hockey smarts. He also has a good shot from the point. He’s not going to wow you with skill, but he’s not going to make a ton of costly errors either.

He’s also a right-hand defenseman. You can never have too many of those, though Colorado does have three on the current roster and Conor Timmins coming in.

Van Riemsdyk is a pending RFA who’s coming off his two-year bridge contract, worth $825,000 annually. That contractual status should make him pretty cheap.

Willing to give up: Sixth-round draft pick
Line in the sand: Any prospects or draft picks higher than the sixth round