Apr 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67) celebrates with left wing Emerson Etem (65) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, Rickard Rakell for Ryan Kesler?

If Ryan Kesler were to end up in an Anaheim Ducks uniform, it sounds like it will take a lot to bring him to Orange County.

According to a report from the Vancouver Sun, Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Rickard Rakell are the names being mentioned in a possible trade for Kesler.

The article states that a trade for Kesler would assuredly allow the Vancouver Canucks to get a “young NHL-ready” forward in return. Etem, Smith-Pelly, and Rakell all fit that criteria.

It would be highly unlikely that all three would be involved in the trade for Kesler, but it is safe to say that at least one of the young forward would be involved in the move.

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  • Sean

    How about nobody? How about we don’t trade for Kesler? It seems like I’m the only guy on twitter who doesn’t want Kesler. He’s kind of overrated offensively in my opinion, he’s only put up more than 60 points in a season twice.

    • Lucas Wang

      its not just about points. The guy is good on the PP and the PK. He’s one of the better faceoffs guys, decent hitter, crashes the net, screens the goalie, block shots. He does the small things in the game. That’s the reason hes worth so much. Playing on the second line for the ducks, he’ll be able to shut down a lot of the opposition while scoring. If he wasnt doing all the small things, he’d be a consistent 60-70 guy. There a reason he’s a two-way forward.

      • Sean

        I recognize what a two-way forward is, in fact pretty much every forward on this team is a two-way forward except for like Perry and Getzlaf….and I also recognize the need for a #2 center, but I would prefer that 2nd line center to be more offensive-minded

        • Lucas Wang

          Like I said, in Vancouver, Kesler was always used in a more defensive way. If a coach wants him to play a more offensive style, no proble. The guy has a tremendous wrister, snapper, and a slapper. He tips well and forechecks really well. Kesler can play offense. He’s just been put in a very defensive system with the canucks.

          • Sean

            You’re doing a great job of pitching him, I gotta admit! But would you want him to go to a team within your division?

          • Lucas Wang

            I honestly don’t mind as long as we get the right products back. We have a new management team with a new coach, meaning a new system of play, so i don’t thinkKesler being traded to a division rival would be a problem.