Thursday, September 13, 2018

NHL trade review: Sharks get Karlsson



           In a blockbuster trade, the San Jose Sharks acquired D Erik Karlsson and F Francis Perron from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for F Chris Tierney, D Dylan Demelo, F Rudolfs Balcers, F Josh Norris, a 2020 conditional 1st round pick, and a second rounder in 2019 and 2021.

           For the Sharks, Brent Burns and Karlsson are arguably the top two defenseman in the game, at least offensively, and both are on their team. This is a great trade for them, and will be reflected on for years.

           Karlsson, 28, scored nine goals and 53 assists for 62 points in 71 games for the Sens in 2017-18. In his NHL career, all for the Senators, Karlsson has scored 126 goals and 392 assists for 518 points in 627 games.

          Perron, 22, scored four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 44 games for the Belleville Senators of the AHL in 2017-18.

            For the Senators, they need to rebuild, at that started with trading their captain, Karlsson. But, since he's just a rental, they didn't get as much as they should of. But, they still should've gotten more. Maybe Timo Meier or Tomas Hertl should have been in the package.

            Tierney, 24, scored 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 82 games in 2016-17. In his NHL career, all in San Jose, Tierney has scored 41 goals and 63 assists for 104 points in 284 games.

             DeMelo, 25, scored 20 points, all assists, in 63 games for the Sharks last year. In his NHL career, all for the Sharks, DeMelo has scored three goals and 29 assists for 32 points in 133 games.

             Balcers, 21, scored 23 goals and 25 assists for 48 points in 67 games for the AHL's San Jose Barracuda, after scoring 40 goals in the WHL's Blazers in 2016-17.

             Norris, 19, was the Sharks' 2017 first round pick. He scored eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 37 games for the University of Michigan in 2017-18.

             I think the Sharks win this deal. Karlsson is a superstar, and this isn't a superstar's return. The Sens really should have gotten more.

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