Tuesday, February 21, 2017
NHL trade review: Canes trade Lowe to Habs for Samuelsson
Both teams didn't really have a major reason to make this trade. Neither of the defensemen have played in the NHL this season.
Lowe, 23, has only played two career NHL games, both in 2014-15 as a member of the Canes. He had no points, a -2 rating and 10 PIM in those games. He was drafted 73rd overall (3rd round) in the 2011 NHL draft. He has 12 points (3 goals and 9 assists), 53 PIM and a rating of +4 in 49 games for Charlotte (AHL) this season.
Samuelsson, 25, has played in 13 NHL games with two teams. He played 4 games in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 as a member of the Arizona Coyotes and 5 games in 2013-14 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has no points and 2 PIM in his career. The Pens drafted him 61st overall (second round) in the 2009 NHL draft. He has 5 points (a goal and 4 assists), 21 PIM and a rating of -7 in 40 games for St John's (AHL) this season.
The interesting part of this trade is that Samuelsson's father, former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, is the head coach Charlotte Checkers, the Canes AHL affiliate. Both Samuelsson and Lowe will report to the AHL. Samuelsson will go to Charlotte, and Lowe will go to St. John's.