Could the Anaheim Ducks peddle a young defenceman for short-term forward depth?

Would the Anaheim Ducks, absolutely loaded with young defencemen in their organization, deal one of them for an obvious rental forward — Winnipeg Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd — to play in their Top 6?

The Ducks had five defencemen aged 25 and under dressed against the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night — Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Sam Vatanen, Josh Manson and Simon Despres.

They have three very good prospects — Shea Theodore, who played 13 games when Fowler was out with a sprained knee but is back in the AHL; an offensive dynamo in Brandon Montour, who is playing for Dallas Eakins in San Diego along with Theodore; and 2015 first-round pick Jacob Larsson, who is only 18 but is playing for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.

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