AHL Report: Trade Deadline Shakeups

Brayden Olafson



Trade Deadline AHL Shakeup


The NHL trade deadline has came and gone, and with it, we’ve seen several big-name players swap out their uniforms for new ones. While the big names that were on the move will tend to get the most attention from us today, it’s important to keep tabs on the tadpoles as well. The NHL trade deadline also has a significant impact on the AHL, where the prospect shuffle often goes unrecognized. Just prior to the deadline I recall watching coverage of the Matt Duchene to Columbus trade on a major sports network. To paraphrase the commentators, who may simply have been critical of Pierre Dorion, the return from Columbus was “two conditional first-round picks, and prospects”… PROSPECTS! I almost felt offended by the way that they applied the generic term to two extremely talented and promising players – but I digress.


In stark contrast, the coverage that was given to Erik Brannstrom as the core piece returning for Mark Stone was overwhelming. The somewhat misleading scale that mainstream sports networks seem to portray prospects on makes me extremely excited to work with Dobber Hockey to provide the most accurate and consistent valuation of prospects. Today, I’ll do my best to provide an accurate representation of any fantasy-relevant AHL players who were impacted by the trade deadline.


Erik Brannstrom, OTT | 19 years old

Fantasy Prospects Report

3YP: 5-40-45, 20 PIM

Expected Arrival: Cups of coffee this year, full time in 2019-20

Ranking: 9D

Fantrax Ownership: 31%


The move to Ottawa will be an interesting one for Brannstrom. A commanding force on the back-end will bring memories of EK65 to the minds of Senators fans, but likely leave something to be desired… at least for now. He shouldn’t by any means be anointed the savior in the Capital city, but he’ll surely be a nice compliment to Thomas Chabot as the two develop together. He’s an absolute must-own in any sort of keeper league, but as is typical with offensive-minded defenseman, a growth curve should be expected even when he arrives in the NHL. His 3YP as shown above shouldn’t be a benchmark expectation for his rookie season in the NHL, but rather, an indication of him exceeding expectations and accelerating his development with the Sen’s.


Jonathan Dahlen, SJS | 21 years old

Dobber Midseason Guide

3YP: 22-25-47, 60 PIM

Expected Arrival: Cups of coffee this year, full time in 2019-20

Ranking: 5