The Nashville Predators have acquired center Mikael Granlund from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Kevin Fiala.
This was an unexpected trade. Granlund is coming off back-to-back seasons in the high 60 point range. And he isn't having too bad of a year right now. The Preds were able to land him for not that much. Fiala is younger, but isn't having as good as a season as Granlund is. This is a big add for Nashville.
Granlund, who turns 27 tomorrow, has scored 15 goals with 34 assists for 49 points in 63 games for the Wild this year. His best career season was in 2016-17, when he scored 26 goals with 43 assists for 69 points in 81 games. In his NHL career, all for the Wild, Granlund has scored 93 goals with 224 assists for 317 points in 461 games.
I really don't get this trade for the Wild. Granlund recently signed a three year deal that will take him through next season. Fiala is younger, but hasn't had production near Granlund's rate in his career.
Fiala, 22, has scored 10 goals with 22 assists for 32 points in 64 games for the Predators this season. In his NHL career, all in Nashville, Fiala has scored 45 goals with 52 assists for 97 points in 204 games.