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This list comprises 20 names based on
CapFriendly’s listing of this year’s NHL unrestricted free agent
class at all positions. We’ve evaluated the top 10 based on their
level of talent, current contract, what they could seek on their next
deal and recent media speculation.

We’ve excluded Boston Bruins captain
Patrice Bergeron from this ranking. On May 16, the 36-year-old center
told the Boston media that his intention is to sign with the Bruins
or retire.

Approaching July, our initial group is
as follows in no particular order:

Ville Husso, St. Louis Blues

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

Andre Burakovsky, Colorado Avalanche

Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Vincent Trocheck, Carolina Hurricanes

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Darcy Kuemper, Colorado Avalanche

Andrew Copp, New York Rangers

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars

Claude Giroux, Florida Panthers

Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche

Evander Kane, Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Strome, New York Rangers

Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights

David Perron, St. Louis Blues

Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche

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