This years trade deadline has been an exciting one to watch as a fan. How these moves shook out for the NHL and your fantasy team…
Breaking down one of the quiet deals, the Florida Panthers acquired forward Frank Vatrano from the Boston Bruins for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. This may be a low risk/high reward deal for the Panthers. In the 2015-16 season Vatrano’s stats were through the roof.
AHL: 36G, 19A, 55P in 36GP. +21
After putting up top numbers, Vatrano got the call up and continued with some pretty nice stats for a 21 year old.
NHL: 8G, 3A, 11P in 39GP. -3
Since then he has not come close to those numbers. While Vatrano may have been a disappointment to the fans of Boston he never got the full opportunity to shine and it was time to move on. The Bruins and Panthers both made a nice move for their teams but I would say that the Panthers have more upside in the deal. Vatrano is likely a free agent, unless you are in a deep league .Keep an eye on him in Florida.
The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers for defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. 30 year old Michael Grabner is a solid offensive presence putting up great numbers.
Rangers 2017-18: 25G, 6A, 31P in 59GP. +11
Grabner is in his final season of his contract and can become a unrestricted free agent July 1st. Grabner joins a contending team with Taylor Hall leading the charge. He will be a solid second line player for the Devils playing with Pavel Zacha and another goal scorer in Kyle Palmieri. The Devils are right in the middle of the league with goals for (181), and Grabner is a great addition.
Now for the Rangers, a team that is going into a rebuild, this deal will help knowing that they got something out of Grabner. 20 year old Yegor Rykov is a defenseman who is currently playing in the KHL and has already doubled his points compared to last season.
KHL 2017-18: 2G, 12A, 14P in 51GP. +13
His stats aren’t bad for a 20 year old in the KHL but there will always be the risk of a Russian prospect not coming to North America.
In the end, the first trade ever made between the Devils and Rangers was a fair one.
The Boston Bruins made one of the biggest deals at the deadline acquiring forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, Boston’s first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and its seventh-round pick in 2018. Rick Nash is 33 years old and has been a solid second line player for the Rangers, but he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming July. In what seems to be a down year for Nash it was pretty shocking to see how much he was traded for.
Rangers: 18G, 10A, 28P in 60GP. -8
Those stats by Nash would not make me happy if I were a Bruins fan. Ryan Spooner is a solid player that can play many positions and is still pretty young. Rangers will likely use him well and can probably see power-play minutes. Here are Spooners stats so far this season…
Bruins: 9G, 16A, 25P in 39GP. +10
Spooner has 3 points less than Nash and Spooner has played 21 games less. He has put up pretty good numbers very quietly so far this season and may be one of the steals in this trade. Matt Beleskey is not even close to being the player he once was. Beleskey will likely stay in the AHL for the Rangers and was likely a throw in the help salary issues. Ryan Lindgren is 20 year old sophomore defenseman at the University of Minnesota. Lindgren has not produced very much.
NCAA: 2G, 5A, 7P in 33GP. -2
Lindgren was a former 2nd round pick for the Bruins. The Rangers have struggled at the defenseman position so fantasy owners should keep an eye on Lindgren for the long run because he could be in the top pair for New York in the future. Boston and the Rangers also made a deal including Nick Holden but that was strictly for depth purposes. The Nash deal may help Boston for this season as Nash is set to play on the second line with Jake Debrusk and David Krejci. This deal was definitely won by the Rangers considering that Nash is past his prime and they got picks and young players in the deal.
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