Prospect Ramblings – Contenders Potential Prospects for the Trade Deadline

Pat Quinn

2020-02-06

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday ramblings. This week I am going to go over the guaranteed playoff teams’ prospects they may move in a deal to improve the Stanley Cup chances.

 

 

That is sure a mouthful to get across. The contenders I will go over are: Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Tamp Bay, St. Louis, and Colorado. Why did I pick those and not others, here is my reasoning:

  • Colorado is only down in the standings (to me) because of the injuries in the middle of the season
  • Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Tamp Bay, and St. Louis are all well up in the divisions and look like contenders
  • No one from the Pacific is in here because the division is terrible and Vegas really should be leading it
  • Toronto really should be in here but the Babcock start really impacted them as they are currently fighting for the playoffs

 

 

You better believe I did not forget my #GoodTweet of the week

{source} <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Holtz didn't score on these three shots. Drop him down your draft boards.<br>He was also invisible in the top prospects game this month! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FutureBust?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FutureBust</a> <a href=”https://t.co/loDO4bqGRE”>https://t.co/loDO4bqGRE</a></p>&mdash; Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/FHPQuinn/status/1222969916275359744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 30, 2020</a></blockquote>{/source}

 

 

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No real top prospects plus high picks get moved for rentals now-a-days, it is either one or the other usually. I am just going to add notes on some of the individuals. This is all my opinion of course

 

Also get ready to be disappointed on trade deadline day, so do not hype yourself up. I have learned many a sick day off from work.

 

 

Washington

Untouchables:

  • Connor McMichael – Zero chance he is moved for anything
  • Alexander Alexeyev
  • Martin Fehérváry
  • Alexei Protas
  • Brett Leason – He is having a bad season but a lot of that is due to him getting barely any opportunity in the AHL
  • The goalies – Samsonov is staying long term, the team wants to see what they have with Vanecek, and Gibson has faired very well with Harvard this season

 

Likely to be moved if a deal were to happen:

  • Travis Boyd – Barely in the line up but he is an NHLer he just needs on opportunity
  • Lucas Johansen – Seems more and more like he and the Capitals are parting ways
  • Connor Hobbs – Hurt again, needs a fresh start
  • Christian Djoos – No idea why he was not claimed on waivers but maybe teams want to exchange contracts
  • Axel Jonsson-Fjallby – Only if a bigger fish is available as he will be a future bottom-six top penalty killer type

 

 

Pittsburgh

Untouchables:

  • Probably none because the Pens trade all prospects
  • Calen Addison – Great World Junior performance likely keeps him in the Penguins books
  • Sam Lafferty – Pens should want to keep him for a bottom six for a long time
  • Teddy Blueger (see above)
  • The young three defensemen (Marino, Riikola and “Anaheim won the trade” Pettersson)

 

Likely to be moved if a deal were to happen:

  • Kasper Bjorkqvist – Out for the rest of the 2019-2020 season due to knee surgery so it would be a risk
  • Samuel Poulin – If the Pens are to land a top six forward, they will likely give up Poulin
  • Filip Hallander
  • Pierre-Olivier Joseph – Acquired in the Kessel deal he has just been okay in