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Top 10 free agents from Pacific Division

Lucic's combination of power, skill make him best among group of potential UFAs

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Forward Milan Lucic is among the most coveted unrestricted free agents this year. Less than 24 hours into the NHL free agent interview period, Lucic already had entertained pitches from the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. More visits are expected to follow.

Lucic, though, is not the only pending UFA from the Pacific Division to keep an eye on once free agency begins Friday.

Here are the top 10:

1. Milan Lucic, LW, Los Angeles Kings

Lucic, 28, is among the most coveted forwards to hit the free agent market. He can do it all and make a difference with his heavy north-south game and remains one of the League's most feared forecheckers. Lucic scored 20 goals this season for the Kings, the fourth time in the past six seasons he has scored at least that many. He has not scored 30 or more since 2010-11 with the Boston Bruins, but Lucic brings a physical element few can. That unique characteristic will have a lot of teams lining up to speak to Lucic.

Video: ANA@LAK: Lucic deposits backhand for 20th goal

Potential suitors: Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins

2. Dan Hamhuis, D, Vancouver Canucks

Hamhuis has been a steady defenseman throughout his 12-season career, which has been split evenly between the Nashville Predators and Canucks. Now 33, he has 303 points (55 goals, 248 assists) in 872 NHL games. He was minus-2 this season in 58 games, but it was the first time he had a negative rating since the 2008-09 season. The concern with Hamhuis for potential teams is his health; he has played more than 60 games once in the past four seasons.

Potential suitors: Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings

3. James Reimer, G, San Jose Sharks

Reimer might be the best unrestricted free agent goalie on the market, but that market is volatile because a number of contracted goalies could be available through trades. That could make it tough for Reimer to find a new home. But the 28-year-old has the resume to eventually draw interest. He is 91-78-23 in 215 games, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs before moving to the Sharks before the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. In eight games with the Sharks, he went 6-2-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Potential suitors: San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues.

4. Radim Vrbata, RW, Vancouver Canucks

This likely will be the last contract for the 35-year-old forward, and he may have to wait a while to sign it, because he likely will not be a first-day target for most teams. But Vrbata has proven he can provide depth scoring. Playing for the Canucks for the past two seasons, he averaged 22 goals and 45 points -- not bad numbers to bring to the table in what likely would be a second-line role at best.

Video: VAN@WSH: Vrbata sneaks rebound past Grubauer

Potential suitors: Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Nashville Predators

5. Shane Doan, RW, Arizona Coyotes

Doan is 39 years old and that certainly is a drawback, but he did have a bit of a resurgence this season. His 28 goals were his most since he had 31 in 2008-09, and his 47 points were 11 more than the previous season. Doan still has a physical component to his game as well and is among the best leaders in the League. All of that would make him an attractive commodity on the open market, but it appears he would like to remain in Arizona. If the Coyotes can't make that work, Doan has the possibility of being one of the true wild cards in free agency.

Potential suitors: Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins

6. David Perron, LW, Anaheim Ducks

Perron, 28, is among the biggest enigmas on the free agent market because his play has fluctuated considerably from season to season, one of the reasons he likely will be playing for his fourth team in four seasons in 2016-17. He had 16 points in 43 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. After he was traded to the Ducks on Jan. 16, he had eight goals and 12 assists in 28 games before a shoulder injury derailed his season. He has averaged 0.58 points per game during his nine-season NHL career, an attractive number for a team looking to add offensive depth.

Potential suitors: Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins

7. Luke Schenn, D, Los Angeles Kings

Schenn, 26, has carved out a better-than-average NHL career during stints with the Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Kings. With Los Angeles this season, he showed he has the skill set to play as a top-four shut-down defender. He could be of interest to teams looking to add defensive depth.

Potential suitors: Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks

8. Jamie McGinn, LW, Anaheim Ducks

Forwards who can score 20 goals always are in demand, more so when they are under 30. McGinn qualifies on each count. He is 27 and scored 22 goals this season in 84 games with the Sabres and Ducks. Interested teams will be curious if he can replicate that performance; he has one other 20-goal season since entering the League in 2008-09.

Video: ANA@TOR: McGinn scores PPG for his second of the game

Potential suitors: Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens

9. Alex Tanguay, LW, Arizona Coyotes

Tanguay, 36, had a bit of a resurgence after he was traded to the Coyotes by the Avalanche on Feb. 29. He had four goals and nine assists in 18 games after the trade; he had four goals and 18 assists in 52 games with the Avalanche. His late-season production is an extremely small sample size, but it will be interesting if it leads to extra interest in free agency.

Potential suitors: Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators

10. Roman Polak, D, San Jose Sharks

For many, the lasting image of Polak will be of him struggling against the Penguins during the Stanley Cup Final. Look past that, however, and there was a pretty good body of work turned in by the 30-year-old, who was traded to the Sharks by the Maple Leafs on Feb. 22. It is that defenseman, deployed against the proper matchups, who will help a team next season.

Potential suitors: San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers

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