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Is Nikolaj Ehlers on the way out of Winnipeg? Latest rumors suggest the Jets are shopping the dynamic winger ahead of the NHL Draft.

Winnipeg Jets trade rumors are heating up as the NHL Draft approaches, and one name that keeps surfacing is dynamic winger Nikolaj Ehlers.

Murat Ates of The Athletic reports that the Jets are actively exploring options for Ehlers, aiming to secure a first-round pick and a quality player in return. While a first-rounder is certainly valuable, here at, we believe the Jets should set their sights even higher.

Jets Eyeing Top-Four Defenseman for Ehlers in Potential Blockbuster Deal

The Jets’ glaring weakness has been their defensive corps, and acquiring a legitimate top-four defenseman should be their top priority. Ehlers, with his electrifying speed, scoring touch, and reasonable $6 million cap hit, could be the perfect bait to lure in a blueliner who can elevate the Jets’ defense to a championship level.

Potential Trade Destinations

Ehlers possesses a 10-team no-trade list, limiting the Jets’ options, but several teams could still be in the mix. Ates has floated potential landing spots such as the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Utah franchise, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Senators and Sabres, both playoff hopefuls for next season, could see Ehlers as a key offensive piece to achieve their goals. The Hurricanes and Penguins, perennial playoff contenders, might view him as the final ingredient to push them over the top.

The Ehlers Effect

Ehlers’ impact on the ice is undeniable. His ability to create offense, whether through his own scoring prowess or by setting up his teammates, is a game-changer. Adding him to a team’s top-six forward group could be the difference between a first-round exit and a deep playoff run.

The Time is Now

The Jets find themselves at a crossroads. With Ehlers entering the final year of his contract and the team eager to make a splash, this draft presents a golden opportunity to revamp their roster. A bold move like trading Ehlers for a top-tier defenseman could be the catalyst that propels the Jets back into Stanley Cup contention.

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