Prospects Ramblings: Prospects Moved at NHL Trade Deadline

Peter Harling

2018-02-26

The NHL trade deadline was yesterday and leading up to and on the deadline there was the usual bevy of trades. For a full recap of all the trades, be sure to check out the handy Trade Tracker on Dobber.

The main Dobber site has plenty of excellent break downs and analysis on all the trades, it’s what they do. We look at the prospects, so let’s get to it.

The Ryan McDonagh Trade:

To Tampa Bay: Ryan McDonagh (D); J.T. Miller (LW)
To NY Rangers: Vladimir Namestnikov (W); Brett Howden (C); Libor Hajek (D); 1st-round pick (2018); conditional 2nd-round pick

The big prospects on the move here are Libor Hajek and Brett Howden. In Hajek the Rangers acquire a potential future replacement for McDonagh. Hajek had a really good rookie tournament and prospect tournament this spring and was a candidate to make the bolts roster to start the season. This is not the first trade deadline deal for Hajek as he was moved in the WHL trade deadline to the Memorial Cup host city Regina. Hajek was also a standout for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship with a goal and eight points in seven games to lead all defensemen in points. His offensive game has really developed since his NHL draft and he will make the jump to the pro game next year, likely in the AHL. His fantasy value is going to be higher in leagues with peripheral stats.

In Brett Howden the Rangers get a big offensive physical center. Howden is the Captain of his WHL junior team, The Moose Jaw Warriors and was also a big point producer for Canada at the World Junior helping them to Gold scoring three goals and seven points in seven games. Howden does not lkely project as a first line center, but while his fantasy ceiling may not be extremely high, his floor is very reliable. He has size, can skate, has offensive upside and can play a reliable two-way game. Howden is the type of quality depth player you build a winning team around.

The Evander Kane Trade:

To San Jose: Evander Kane (LW)
To Buffalo: Dan O'Regan (C); conditional 1st-round pick (2019); conditional 4th-round pick (2020)

Buffalo fans may be underwhelmed by the return for such a high profile player. But the Sabres did acquire last years AHL Rookie of the Year winner as O’Regan posted 58 points in 63 games for the Barracuda. The undersized winger has yet to translate his offensive production at the NHL after 22 career games, but Buffalo is hoping that reuniting him with his former Boston U. line mate Jack Eichel can help bridge the gap. O’Regan should have a better opportunity to carve out a