Trade Deadline Breakdown: Part Three

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Trade Deadline Breakdown: Part Three

The San Jose Sharks acquire forward Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2019 conditional first-round pick, 2019 fourth-round pick, and forward Daniel O’Regan.

Evander Kane tore it up for the Buffalo Sabres while he was there, now onto a contending team in San Jose. Kane had an amazing start to the 2017-2018 season. Here are his stats with the Sabres this season on a timeline…

October 5th to December 31st 2017-2018 stats: 15G, 19A, 34P in 38GP

Since January 1st: 5G, 1A, 6P in 23GP

As you can see there was a drop off in his production as the trade deadline approached. Evander staying in Buffalo wouldn’t have made sense. They are in last place in the entire NHL and there were multiple reports of Kane stirring it up with his own teammates through their struggles. Evander is going to become an unrestricted free agent and the Sabres were looking to get something out of him. Kane should have been off the roster in December where his value was very high. The Sabres receiving a conditional 1st round pick shows that not one team in the league was willing to give up a first outright for Kane. The Sabres should have received a first considering that Tatar, Stastny, and Hartman all went for a first and more. Evander Kane has had four straight 20 goal seasons and in the 2016-2017 season he had 28 goals. If you are interested in watching them here they are…

Which leaves many Buffalo fans thinking, why didn’t we get more for him? But all the fans of Buffalo know that the Sabres wanted O’Regan mainly because he played with Eichel and Rodrigues at Boston University. O’Regan was third on that team in points (50 points).

Dynasty Outlook: Fantasy owners should be looking to grab the goal scoring weapon in Kane, depending on where he signs this summer. Kane’s production should increase as he is heading into his prime years of his career. O’Regan is going to be a third line guy for the Buffalo Sabres and should not be anything higher than that.

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquire defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Vladislav Namestnikov, defenseman Libor Hajek, forward Brett Howden, 2018 first-round pick, and 2019 conditional first-round pick. 

I believe that Tampa got robbed in the long run but if they really want to win the cup this is the deal to make. Erik Karlsson was first on Tamps’s trade targets, but that deal fell through. Tampa’s backup plan all along was McDonagh. I really don’t think that McDonagh is worth that much. On the other hand I do value J.T.

The Rangers received some solid players in this trade.  Former first round pick has, Brett Howden, has been a sleeper in many leagues. As a 19 year old in the WHL here are his stats…

2017-2018: 24G, 42A, 66P in 44GP. +25

Howden has a lot of potential to become a great player. Here is a mini highlight reel…

With the Rangers going into a mini rebuild, I think they were the winners at this years deadline. They received two deals that no team could turn down. Libor Hajek is a defenseman that currently plays in the WHL and he helps improve the depth at the blue line for the Rangers. The key piece to this deal was Namestnikov, he is a goal scorer who is going to fit right in with the Rangers. He can really shoot the puck. He already has 20 goals this year, but a bold prediction for next season is a 30 goal year. His puck movement is solid, and he take the puck up the ice at any given moment. He is a two-way player and can be very beneficial on the penalty kill.

J.T. Miller is turning into something special, now he has been given the great opportunity to play with some of the top NHL performers like Kucherov, Stamkos and Hedman. The 24 year old will be a dominant force in Tampa going forward, he can put the puck in the back of the net. Miller is playing with rookie Yianni Gourde and Brayden Point, which is a young line thats gives it their all every single shift. Miller’s speed brings a lot to the table, he can out skate many guys and takes the opportunity to take chances to intercept the puck which has been very effective. His hands are pretty sweet in shootout’s and on breakaways because he isn’t afraid to make any move.

Miller was my favorite pick up for Tampa in the trade. The Rangers trading the leader of the team in McDonagh was upsetting for some Ranger fans and the opposite for all fantasy owners. I will not trade a package for him in my league but I would give up a player straight up. I see McDonagh reaching 45 points, that is pretty good for a defenseman, but I would rather have younger players with a higher ceiling who are still developing.

Dynasty Outlook: The Rangers will have a bright future offensively adding Howden and Namestnikov, both of these players will be 60+ points when they hit their prime. The Rangers are going to have a top 10 team with how they are making moves and building the system. Hajek will be solid 30 point player going forward, and will be good for depth. J.T. Miller is going to do great for the next couple years he is in Tampa, he will hit the 60 point mark this season if he keeps up his production, Miller also has potential to play on the first line which will boost up his stats a ton. McDonagh will likely stay at a 30-40 point player in Tampa playing on their 3rd defensive pair.

Last but not least the final trade of this year’s breakdown.

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire forwards Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, Tobias Lindberg, and a 2018 third-round pick (OTT); The Ottawa Senators acquire defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, 2018 first-round pick, and 2019 third-round pick (PIT); The Vegas Golden Knights acquire forward Ryan Reaves and 2018 fourth-round pick (PIT from VAN).

One of the most complicated trades in the history of the NHL. Lets get right to it. The Penguins are going for the three peat which is pretty obvious after trading for one of the most dominant playoff forces in Brassard. But kind of crazy to think that Pittsburgh giving up Ian Cole will hurt, Cole was one of the most fearless player’s on the ice considering he would block any shot that came his way.

The past two seasons that the Penguins won the cup, Cole blocked a total of 114 shots in the playoffs, that is an average of 3 blocked shot’s per game. The Penguins gave up their bodyguard to Crosby, Reaves who will now protect all the young gun’s in Vegas. The Penguins also gave up another one of their goalie prospects which is good for the Senators because Gustavsson will sit behind Craig Anderson and learn. Gustavsson has the potential to be a starting goaltender in the NHL down the line. Tobias Lindberg is a 4th line player, he is nothing special and he will likely stay in the AHL. Lindberg is not an offensive player.

The Penguins are so loaded that Derrick Brassard is playing on the third line with Phil Kessel. He was not the same player that he once was with the Rangers. Brassard is an all around player, is great in the defensive zone, he can score goals as he had a career high of 27, he can make great passes. Brassard is one of the best playoff player’s in the league which is great for a team that could go back to back to back. I really like this deal for the Penguins as it helps them make a run, but overall I see this as a fair deal all three ways.


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