BOSTON — Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray told NHL.com that Anaheim is willing to trade center Ben Bishop for a conditional first-round pick and a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The Ducks have one pick in the first round, but Murray says they’re looking to add another player to the mix.
“We’ve been working with the team, talking to their coaches, the players,” Murray said Thursday, “and we feel like we can improve our roster with this draft.
We can get him a first-rounder, a second-rounder.’ “
It’s one of those things where you think, ‘Well, we can trade him.
We can get him a first-rounder, a second-rounder.’
And that’s one way to try to improve the team.
And obviously the second- round pick is a good one, so we’ll take that and move forward.”
The Ducks acquired Bishop last season from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round draft pick.
Bishop played in 81 games for the Kings this season and recorded five goals and six assists for 16 points.
Murray said that the Kings would likely use Bishop in the future, and it’s possible he could be traded again if the team is still on the clock.
The Anaheim Ducks will be looking for another center in the NHL Draft, as they have struggled to find one this season.
“This year, they’ve been really inconsistent offensively,” Murray told the team’s official website.
“They’ve scored two or three goals a game, and they’re a team that’s really inconsistent in terms of scoring.
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I don’t think they have the depth, or the ability, or that they’ve got enough quality players around them.”
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Anaheim will likely use the second and third picks of the draft, which are the two picks that are awarded for winning the Stanley Cup.
If Anaheim is able to land a top-six forward, that would allow them to take a player like Ben Bishop with the first pick.
BOSTons top two defensemen in the draft are Brandon Montour and Nick Ritchie.
Montour is a defenseman who played last season with the Calgary Flames, while Ritchie was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round.
The Bruins would be in a better position if they land Bishop, who would be a solid defender on a team trying to improve its defense.
“The two-way players we’re looking for are guys who can play both the forward position and the back-end defense,” Murray added.
If the Bruins do get a top defenseman in the second round, that could allow them a second chance to draft a player such as Brandon Carlo, who played in the 2016-17 season with Florida Panthers. “
And the other thing that we want is someone who can score and add to our power play.”
If the Bruins do get a top defenseman in the second round, that could allow them a second chance to draft a player such as Brandon Carlo, who played in the 2016-17 season with Florida Panthers.
Carlo was the Panthers top-line center, and he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Carlo, 23, had 31 goals and 62 assists for 99 points in 61 games for Florida in 2016-2017.
Murray is confident the Bruins will be able acquire Bishop with their pick.
“Bryan is one of the best players in the league, and I think he’s got a good opportunity to be a great player for the Bruins,” Murray stated.
“In fact, I’m really excited to see what he can bring to our team.
It’s just a great fit.
He’s a really good player and he’s an exciting player to watch, so hopefully we get to add him to our roster.”
Berkeleys best hope, Berkeley is a team player, but he’s still young and still learning, Murray stated, adding that the Bruins would need a couple of more years to get to that point.
“There’s no doubt about that.
Berkely is a young kid.
He needs to continue to develop, and we’re excited about that,” Murray concluded.
Berkes best hope is that he can develop into a better player, who will help the Bruins to improve in the next season.
He is a great hockey player, and when you see him playing, it’s a lot of fun.
He makes plays, he’s always willing to take the puck to the net.
I think Berke will be a very good player for us in the near future.
“Berkes next move will likely be to play in the AHL next season, but it would not be surprising to see him return to the NHL sooner