Daniel O'Regan heads to Buffalo after being acquired in the Evander Kane deal
The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone with various sources anointing immediate winners and losers. Chances are, if you’ve found your way here though, you’re already well aware of the fact that winners and losers of the NHL Trade deadline cannot be appropriately crowned until several years later. Often times, sellers are seeking returns in the form of youth and draft picks which aren’t as easily evaluated. This Deadline, as usual there were several prospects exchanged, including many who are currently developing in the AHL. Today we’ll look into what some clubs saw in the prospects that they acquired, as well as where they fit into their new depth chart.
Philip Holm, D | VAN -> VGK
The Knights are already a Cinderella story. Castaways from each of the other 30 NHL teams found themselves in the Nevada desert this fall, only to come together as one of the league’s most dominant teams. One of the Knights only disappointments of the season was former Maple Leafs & Predators prospect, Brendan Leipsic. While the undersized winder still offers potential as a bottom-six forward in the NHL, the Knights dealt from a position of strength to acquire a player in a similar situation, but on the back end. Holm brings depth to a relatively shallow prospect pool for the Knights, where he has a strong chance of slotting into the top-6 in the coming years, while they begin to cycle out their UFA’s. Leipsic, who hasn’t played much in the AHL this season has already been off to a great start with the Canucks and could see his role boosted even further, depending on whether or not Brock Boeser returns this season.
Danny O’Regan, C | SJS -> BUF
One of the Sharks top forward prospects has had cups of coffee (or tea – you pick) in the NHL this season, registering an unimpressive 4 points in 19 games with the Sharks. A year removed from being awarded the Red Garrett Memorial award for the AHL’s best rookie, O’Regan is on the move to upstate New York where he stands a significant chance of earning a roster spot with the Sabres into next season, where he’ll join former Boston University teammates Evan Rodriguez and Jack Eichel. O’Regan’s fantasy potential was significant enough with the Sharks, and has only risen in this transaction. Just over a week since being traded, O’Regan was recalled by the Sabres, and received an opportunity to audition while the two aforementioned players are out of the lineup. In two games, he was held off the scoresheet, at 24-years-old, he’s nearing the peak of his development curve already, but should be a contributor in blue and yellow relatively soon.
Rinat Valiev, D & Kerby Rychel, LW| TOR -> MON
The former first-round selection, Rychel has taken a small step backwards this season, while the former third-round selection Valiev has taken a leap forward this season with the Marlies. Both were moved to the struggling Laval Rocket in the deal that sent Thomas Plecanec to the Leafs on deadline day and will have a major up-hill batt