Rossy’s TRADE DEADLINE Prospect Rambling

Dean Youngblood

2015-03-02

Catching you up on prospects moved or being shopped at the NHL trade deadline…plus some highlights from the prospect world.

 

Monday, March 1st, 2015

 

 

With Austin Wallace’s head buried in his textbooks preparing for his midterms (aka, watching “TradeCentre”) the two of us are swapping ramblings days so you’re stuck with me today covering Trade Deadline action.

 

While the focus will remain on prospects, I may feel inclined to spew out some opinions on deals that go down as well.

 

Touching on Yesterday’s mini-blockbuster with Arizona trading defenseman Keith Yandle to the Rangers for promising speedster Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore, New York’s 1st round pick in 2016 and a 2nd in 2015. This exemplifies a great hockey trade for two teams headed in two different directions. It also marks the 8th time that Don Maloney and Glen Sather have come together to strike a deal. As a Yandle owner, I’m thrilled to see him flee the desert and the Coyotes’ got a legitimate top line winger in Duclair. With Duclair lining up alongside Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 World Juniors, Arizona fans should be excited about what the future holds after they showed some good chemistry. Duclair hasn’t necessarily ripped apart the QMJHL but he has scored nine goals and added 25 points in 19 games with the Quebec Remparts. I wonder if the Rangers chose not to start Duclair on their main roster to begin the year whether they would’ve had to add even more to acquire Yandle. I’m guessing they would’ve.

Maloney is one GM who’s doing a nice job, along with his scouting team, identifying young talent. Beyond Domi and now Duclair, Arizona can look forward to Brendan Perlini, Christian Dvorak and Henrik Samuelsson (getting a taste of NHL action now) as future top-6 forwards.

Christian Dvorak is an interesting prospect study after missing the majority of his draft season last year, Arizona took a swing on him late in the 2nd round (58th). I can tell you first hand that Dvorak was excellent in the games that I watched last year but this was considered a “gamble” due to his injuries. The pick is looking genius now. As I’ve mentioned here and on twitter before – there might not be a more well rounded prospect in the OHL this year. Dvorak has 38 goals and 100 points in 56 games with London. He had 14 points in 33 games last year. And, the answer is “no” if you are asking whether his points are a result of playing with Domi and/or Marner at times. His ability to create is impressive.

 

Since returning from his hand injury in early December 4th, Brendan Perlini has been red hot – 34 games with 23 goals and 49 points.

 

See how the Arizona Coyotes transformed their future in a hurry…

By shipping out Yandle, Vermette and the season-ending injuries to Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker should make the Coyotes legitimate contenders vs Buffalo for Connor McDavid.

Enough with the desert dogs for now…..

 

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Tampa Bay GM Stevie Yzerman must’ve had his red bull on ice last night as he struck some late night (3am) deals with Boston and Philadelphia. The notable prospect involved was the Lightning sending former 6th overall pick (2010) Brett Connolly to Boston for a pair of 2nd round picks (2015 and 2016). It’s a hefty price but let’s remember that Connolly is still only 22-years-old and there’s some upside here. Connolly was Yzerman’s first selection as Lightning GM and I remember at that draft many were surprised that the Bolts went with him after missing nearly all of his draft season with an injury (he did have 10 goals and 19 points in 16 games). The following year Connolly riffled off 46 goals and 73 points with the Prince George Cougars. There’s some scoring potential here and clearly the Bruins think that they can get more than the 18 goals in 132 games that he’s posted at the NHL level.

 

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While we wait around for more trades to break, we might as well check in on the NHL Draft eligibles. Connor McDavid did his usual thing picking up 5 points then responding with a four goal and six point performance vs Gue