Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NHL trade review: Hoffman to Sharks



                The San Jose Sharks have acquired winger Mike Hoffman, D Cody Donaghey and a 5th round draft pick in 2020 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a 6th rounder in 2020.

               For the Sharks, they are taking a big risk here. Recent allegations against Hoffman's fiance have started a lawsuit where defenseman Erik Karlsson's wife is asking for an order of protection against Hoffman's fiance, Monika Caryk. But, Hoffman is a good player, and they get him for much less than they regularly would. They move up a round in 2020, and exchange prospects. Hoffman has two years left of control, so he isn't a rental.

               Hoffman, 28, scored 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points in 82 games for the Sens this season. In his NHL career, all in Ottawa, Hoffman has scored 107 goals and 123 assists for 230 points in 342 games.

              Donaghey, 22, scored no points in one AHL game last season, and nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 54 ECHL games last season, his first professional.

              For the Sens, they need to blow up and start over. The whole situation they are in (see above) caused them to either trade Hoffman, or Karlsson. Karlsson is their best player, so Hoffman was the easy choice to trade. Boedker scores about ten goals less than Hoffman a year, and has the same amount of years left as him. The only part of this trade where they really win is the defensemen. Bergman is a level higher than Donaghey. That's their advantage.

             Boedker, 28, scored 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 74 games for the Sharks this past season. In his NHL career for the Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, Boedker has scored 109 goals, 179 assists and 288 points in 618 games.

             Bergman, 22, scored 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 65 AHL games last year. In his AHL career, Bergman has scored 16 goals and 45 assists for 61 points in 190 games.

            I think the Sharks win this trade. It's simple. Hoffman is way better than Boedker. Bergman is better than Donaghey, but the NHL players favor the Sharks, and that's what matters.

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