That’s 11 of the top 94 scorers from the 2016-2017 season suiting up for a new team next year. Of those top 11 scoring forwards to move this offseason, seven have gone via trade and one in the expansion draft, leaving three unrestricted free agent forwards that scored at least 50 points last season to change teams
2016-2017 SCORING LEADERS, FORWARDS CHANGING TEAMS FOR 2017-2018 SEASON
|PLAYER||OLD TEAM||NEW TEAM||POS.||GP||G||A||PTS|
|Marcus Johansson||Washington||New Jersey||LW||82||24||34||58|
|Brayden Schenn||Philadelphia||St. Louis||LW||79||25||30||55|
|Derek Stepan||N.Y. Rangers||Arizona||C||81||17||38||55|
|Jonathan Drouin||Tampa Bay||Montreal||LW||73||21||32||53|
|Jordan Eberle||Edmonton||N.Y. Islanders||RW||82||20||31||51|
Panarin and Saad both find themselves on this list as they were traded for one another. Saad returns to the Blackhawks offering depth options and Panarin will likely find himself on the top line of Columbus. The former Calder winner will likely miss Kane’s passes as he has topped 70 points in back to back seasons.
Johansson was traded from Washington for picks and cap relief to New Jersey. Eberle was moved to the Islanders for Ryan Strome in a cap move from the Oilers.
Marchessault was acquired by the Golden Knights in a somewhat questionable decision by the Panthers organization. He is the only player on this list moved to the expansion team.
Drouin was moved to the Habs for prospect Sergachev. Radulov also signed with the Dallas Stars after negotiations between himself and the Montreal organization came to a stand still.
Brayden Schenn, and Derek Stepan were moved from the East to the Western Conference. Stepan goes from New York to Arizona, with Schenn being moved from Philadelphia to St. Louis.
Vrbata and Gagner switched conferences, with Gagner signing a 3 year contract worth 9.4 million. Vrbata signed in Florida from Arizona for 2.5 million.