Saturday, June 24, 2017

NHL trade review: Penguins get tougher, acquire Reaves

              The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft (second round) from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Oskar Sundqvist and the 31st overall pick (first round) in 2017. The Blues used that pick to select forward Klim Kostin.

               Reaves, 30, is known for being a "tough guy". He scored career highs in goals with seven and points with 13 (that's six assists) in 80 games, but had 104 PIMs. He has just 51 career points (27 goals and 24 assists) in 419 NHL games, all for the Blues, but has 695 PIMs. Even though they won the Stanley Cup for the second straight season, GM Jim Rutherford thought they were getting pushed around too much, so he acquired the big, six-foot-one, 225 IB Reaves. A first seems like a fair price to pay since they got the second rounder.

                 Sundqvist, 23, scored no points in ten games this season. He has four points (one goal and three assists) in 28 career NHL games, all for the Penguins.


Friday, June 23, 2017

NHL trade review: Blues acquire Schenn from Flyers for Lehtera and two firsts

              The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Jori Lehtera, the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft (which became center Morgan Frost) and a conditional first round pick in 2018 from the St. Louis Blues for forward Brayden Schenn.

              Schenn, 25, scored 55 points (25 goals and 30 assists) in 79 games in 2016-17. He has scored 248 points (109 goals and 139 assists) in 433 career NHL games, for the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.

              Lehtera, 29, scored 22 points (seven goals and 15 assists) in 64 games in '16-17. He made his debut in 2014-15, at the age of 27. He has exactly 100 points (30 goals and 70 assists) in his 218 game NHL career, all for the Blues.

              Frost, 18, scored 62 points (20 goals and 42 assists) in 67 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

              The conditional pick is awarded to the Flyers, unless the Blues have a top 10 pick in the 2018. Then, the Blues can choose to keep that pick, and they'll automatically have to give the Flyers their 2019 first, even if it's the first overall pick. If the Blues protect their pick, the Flyers also will receive a third rounder in 2019 as well.

               I think the Flyers, by far, win this trade. Though Schenn is better than Lehtera and four years younger, they received two first round picks, which is way too much for Schenn. The Blues could have gotten him without the other first.

NHL news: Coyotes acquire Stepan, Raanta from Rangers

                 The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

                 Stepan, 27, scored 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists) in 81 games in 2016-17. He has scored 360 points (128 goals and 232 assists) in 515 career NHL games, all for the Blueshirts. He's a two time 20 goal scorer, and has never scored less than 16 goals in a season.

                  Raanta, 28, played in a career high 30 games in 2016-17 while backing up Henrik Lundqvist, and had a .922 SV% and a 2.26 GAA. He has a career .912 SV% and a GAA of 2.41 in 94 games played, for the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

                  DeAngelo, 21, made his NHL debut in 2016-17, scoring five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 39 games. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 19th overall in 2014.

                  I think the Rangers win this trade. They clear up cap space for when they pursue free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and get a big prospect defenseman, and a very high draft pick. Sure, Stepan and Raanta are good, but so is the return.

NHL trade review: Coyotes acquire Hjalmarsson for Murphy, Dauphin

                The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.

                 Hjalmarsson, 30, won three Cups over ten seasons in Chicago. In 2016-17, he scored 18 points (five goals and 13 assists) in 73 games. He scored 143 points (23 goals and 120 assists) in 623 career games, all in Chicago.

                Murphy, 24, scored 17 points (two goals and 15 assists) in 77 games this season. He has 49 points (13 goals and 36 assists) in 258 career games, all for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes organization.

               Dauphin, 22, scored three points (two goals and one assist) in 24 games this season. The former 39th overall pick has scored just four points (three goals and one assist) in 32 career NHL games, all for Arizona.