Ranking the Prospects Dealt at the Deadline

The buzz of the trade deadline is over at last. A total of 49 trades were completed in the month of February alone. In this investigation, we will rank the prospects that were dealt at the deadline (in the last month/dating back to Jan. 25th).

Players will qualify as a prospect if they…

a. are under the age of 27

b. have played less than 25 career NHL games

Tier 1A

1. D Erik Brännström, Ottawa Senators

  • Traded from: Vegas Golden Knights (Mark Stone deal) on Feb. 25
  • Age: 19
  • Drafted: 1st round (15th overall) in 2017
  • AHL Chicago Wolves
    • Games played: 41 (per Elite Prospects)
    • Points: 28
      • Goals: 7
      • Assists: 21
  • WJC-20 Sweden U20
    • Games played: 5
    • Points: 4
      • Goals: 4
      • Assists: 0
  • International-Jr Sweden U20
    • Games played: 7
    • Points: 6
      • Goals: 5
      • Assists: 1
Photo: Stefan Persson / Bildbyrån / Hockeybladet

The dynamic left-shot defenseman showed off his offensive flair during the World Junior Championship and helped Sweden extend their ridiculous streak of preliminary round wins to 48 consecutive games. Brannstrom was easily Sweden’s top player and scored four goals, three on the power play, before they were knocked out of the tournament in the first stage of playoff action. As the captain of the Tre Kronor he averaged 22:57 in ice-time. After reuniting with his Chicago Wolves teammates in the AHL he has continued his absurd pace and currently leads all NHL prospects in PNHLe – a stat used to predict offensive potential

Mason Black of Dobber Prospects

Tier 1B

2. RW/LW Vitali Abramov, Ottawa Senators

  • Traded from: Columbus Blue Jackets (Matt Duchene deal) on Feb. 22
  • Age: 20
  • Drafted: 3rd round (65th overall) in 2016
  • 2018-19 AHL Cleveland Monsters
    • Games played: 52
    • Points: 22
      • Goals: 12
      • Assists: 10
  • 2017-18 QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres
    • Games played: 40
    • Points: 78
      • Goals: 33
      • Assists: 45

He underwent wrist surgery in May which prevented him for participating in the Traverse City prospects tournament. Abramov will be healthy to start his AHL campaign and is going to continue dazzling hockey fans with his speed, creativity, wicked release and fearlessness to drive the net. While not yet NHL ready, do not be surprised if he is called up by the Blue Jackets later this year. With star level upside, expect Abramov to debut in the NHL as a full-time top-six winger in 2019-2020.

Frank Pellegrini of Dobber Prospects

Tier 2A

3. D Brendan Guhle, Anaheim Ducks

  • Traded from: Buffalo Sabres (Brandon Montour deal) on Feb. 24
  • Age: 21
  • Drafted: 2nd round (51st overall) in 2015
  • AHL Rochester Americans
    • Games played: 50
    • Points: 27
      • Goals: 5
      • Assists: 22

Guhle, 21 years old and left-handed, was a 2015 second-round draft pick by former General Manager Tim Murray and played only 23 regular-season games over three seasons with the Sabres, including two this year. He had five goals among 27 points in 50 games in Rochester this season and became expendable with the emergence of 23-year-old rookie Lawrence Pilut, who rejoined the Amerks this week. Guhle is expected to join the Ducks immediately and could be in their lineup in Vancouver on Monday.

Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News (BN) Hockey

4. D Sean Durzi, Los Angeles Kings

  • Traded from: Toronto Maple Leafs (Jake Muzzin deal) on Jan. 28
  • Age: 20
  • Drafted: 2nd round (52nd overall) in 2018
  • OHL Owen Sound Attack “A”
    • Games played: 18
    • Points: 17
      • Goals: 3
      • Assists: 14
  • OHL Guelph Storm
    • Games played: 15
    • Points: 18
      • Goals: 6
      • Assists: 12

Durzi is a very good but not great skater… his backwards skating is particularly better than his forwards skating in a few key areas… This means he is better at keeping his man in front of him when defending the rush, than getting around defenders when he leads it… Durzi could stand to improve his lower-body strength and balance, as he can be overpowered along the boards and in front of the net… he loves to sneak in from point and let go a wirst shot or snapshot from the top of the circles… Durzi’s defensive game is a work in progress… Durzi can work on his hands, as well as improve his forward skating, but has the potential to be a strong offensive defenceman. His game is similar to Toby Enstrom but this is a stylistic comparison and not one based on skill or ability.

Ben Kerr’s (of Last Word on Hockey) pre-draft scouting report on Durzi

5. D Darren Raddysh, New York Rangers

  • Traded from: Chicago Blackhawks (Peter Holland deal) on Feb. 18
  • Age: 22
  • Signed out of the OHL
  • AHL Rockford IceHogs
    • Games played: 54
    • Points: 26
      • Goals: 8
      • Assists: 18

The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 120 AHL games over two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), both with Rockford, registering 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 46 penalty minutes. Prior to beginning his professional career, Raddysh played parts of five seasons of junior hockey (2012-13 – 2016-17) with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 41 goals and 143 assists for 184 points, along with a plus-135 rating and 210 penalty minutes in 272 games.

NHL.com (New York Rangers)

6. LW Jonathan Dahlén, San Jose Sharks

  • Traded from: Vancouver Canucks (Linus Karlsson deal) on Feb. 25
  • Age: 21
  • Drafted: 2nd round (42nd overall) in 2016
  • AHL Utica Comets
    • Games played: 50
    • Points: 29
      • Goals: 14
      • Assists: 15

In 145 games with Timrå IK of Allsvenskan, Dahlen totaled 63 goals and 54 assists for 117 points at a .81 points per game pace. That rate hate dropped slightly in his first year in the AHL, putting up 15 goals and 16 assists in 52 games, a .60 points per game pace. Still, Dahlen may do well with a change of scenery, and being surrounded by Swedish nationals in San Jose could help his development get back on track. If things turn around, Dahlen could be ready for the big club inside of two years.

Sie Morley of Fear The Fin

Tier 2B

7. LW Adam Helewka, Nashville Predators

  • Traded from: Arizona Coyotes (Emil Pettersson deal) on Feb. 8
  • Age: 23
  • Drafted: 4th round (106th overall) in 2015
  • AHL Tuscon Roadrunners
    • Games played: 41
    • Points: 31
      • Goals: 13
      • Assists: 18

The 23-year-old is probably a long shot to break into the Preds’ roster this season and figures to spend most of his time with AHL Milwaukee the rest of the way.

RotoWire Staff of CBS Sports

8. RW Spencer Watson, Chicago Blackhawks

  • Traded from: Los Angeles Kings (Matheson Iacopelli deal) on Feb. 24
  • Age: 22
  • Drafted: 7th round (209th overall) in 2014
  • ECHL Manchester Monarchs
    • Games played: 47
    • Points: 47
      • Goals: 22
      • Assists: 25

The Hawks subsequently assigned Watson, a pending RFA (after this season), to the AHL after acquiring him from the Kings.

9. C Emil Pettersson, Arizona Coyotes

  • Traded from: Nashville Predators (Adam Helewka deal) on Feb. 8
  • Age: 25
  • Drafted: 6th round (155th overall) in 2013
  • AHL Milwaukee Admirals
    • Games played: 49
    • Points: 33
      • Goals: 11
      • Assists: 22

After watching how well Vancouver Canucks star rookie Elias Pettersson has played this season, the Coyotes decided to go out and trade for their own Pettersson, acquiring his older brother Emil from Nashville. While Pettersson has shown flashes in his two and half seasons in North America, Coyote fans expecting anything close to younger brother Elias will be greatly disappointed.

Keith Duggan of Dobber Prospects

10. D Jonathan Davidsson, Ottawa Senators

  • Traded from: Columbus Blue Jackets (Matt Duchene deal) on Feb. 22
  • Age: 21
  • Drafted: 6th round (170th overall) in 2017
  • SHL Djurgårdens IF
    • Games played: 36
    • Points: 21
      • Goals: 10
      • Assists: 11

Davidsson is a strong skater. He has a quick first step and very good acceleration… Davidsson is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer. He is a strong stick-handler and can make plays while moving at top speed. Davidsson needs work on his defensive game. He has a tendency to get caught watching the puck and stop moving his feet which leads to missed assignments. He also needs to work on his intensity and physicality in his own end. Davidsson’s quickness can help him to break up plays but there is work to do on his positioning and instincts.

Ben Kerr’s of Last Word on Hockey (the August leading up to the 2018-19 season)

11. C/W Vincent Praplan, Florida Panthers

  • Traded from: San Jose Sharks (for future considerations) on Feb. 22
  • Age: 24
  • Signed out of the NLA
  • AHL San Jose Barracuda
    • Games played: 27
    • Points: 16
      • Goals: 4
      • Assists: 12

He is still in the process of adjusting to playing on a smaller rink (having played solely in Switzerland from 2014-18), but is performing quite well in his first season in the AHL (Chris Legg of Dobber Prospects).

12. C Linus Karlsson, Vancouver Canucks

  • Traded from: San Jose Sharks (Jonathan Dahlén deal) on Feb. 25
  • Age: 19
  • Drafted: 3rd round (87th overall) in 2018
  • Allsvenskan Karlskrona HK
    • Games played: 48
    • Points: 17
      • Goals: 4
      • Assists: 13

Karlsson has been traded from San Jose to Vancouver for Jonathan Dahlén. The 19-year-old has struggled to replicate the offensive dominance that was his calling card in the SuperElit during the 2017-18 campaign. His squad, Karlskrona, features several SHL veteran centres who play ahead of the two-way Karlsson. He’s been finding his way from the bottom-six for most of the year. Karlsson boasts high-end intelligence, a great work ethic and a strong release. He’s still growing and filling into his frame, but his maturity – especially on the defensive side of the puck, is impressive. His contract is up at the end of this season, so we may see the 87th overall selection from last June in the AHL to close out 2018-19 or begin 2019-20. 

Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects

13. C Alex Broadhurst, Winnipeg Jets

  • Traded from: Columbus Jackets (for future considerations) on Feb. 25
  • Age: 25
  • Drafted: 7th round (199th overall) in 2011
  • AHL Cleveland Monsters
    • Games played: 48
    • Point: 29
      • Goals: 8
      • Assists: 21

This is Broadhurst’s sixth year of pro hockey, and he’s played just two games in the NHL while spending the rest in the minors. The 25-year-old center is having a respectable season for AHL Cleveland with 29 points in 48 games. The Jets are stellar down the middle, so Broadhurst will initially report to AHL Manitoba and stay there for the remainder of the campaign.

RotoWire Staff of CBS Sports

Tier 3A

14. RW/C Cliff Pu, Florida Panthers

  • Traded from: Carolina Hurricanes (for future considerations)
  • Age: 20
  • Drafted: 3rd round (69th overall) in 2016
  • 2018-19 AHL Charolette Checkers
    • Games played: 44
    • Points: 6
      • Goals: 1
      • Assists: 5
  • 2017-18 OHL London Knights
    • Games played: 36
    • Points: 45
      • Goals: 16
      • Assists: 29
  • 2017-18 OHL Kingston Frontenacs
    • Games played: 29
    • Points: 39
      • Goals: 13
      • Assists: 26

Pu has been very disappointing this season after a remarkable 2017-18 campaign, recording only 6 points in 44 games at the AHL level.

15. D Michael Kapla, Minnesota Wild

  • Traded from: New Jersey Devils (Ryan Murphy deal) on Jan. 30
  • Age: 24
  • Signed out of the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • AHL Binghamton Devils
    • Games played: 45
    • Points: 16
      • Goals: 1
      • Assists: 15

Kapla seems to be making very little progress defensively, and is prone to “make mistakes on basic defensive plays” (Jeff Ulmer of All About The Jersey).

16. C Jean Christophe Beaudin, Ottawa Senators

  • Traded from: Colorado Avalanche (Max McCormick deal) on Feb. 6
  • Age: 21
  • Drafted: 3rd round (71st overall) in 2015
  • AHL Colorado Eagles
    • Games played: 42
    • Points: 13
      • Goals: 6
      • Assists: 7

Beaudin is in the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract. Now 21 years old, the Canadian prospect has experience playing in the QMJHL, ECHL and AHL, among other ranks outside of the NHL. He was a part of the championship team for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies — a major-junior club — in 2016, and Beaudin also won the Kelly Cup with the Eagles last season. 

RotoWire Staff of CBS Sports

Tier 3B

17. D Julius Bergman, New York Rangers

  • Traded from: Columbus Blue Jackets (Adam McQuaid deal)
  • Age: 23
  • Drafted: 2nd round (46th overall) in 2014
  • AHL Belleville Senators
    • Games played: 33
    • Points: 6
      • Goals: 0
      • Assists: 6

 Bergman has been traded again, this time going from Columbus to the Rangers. He’s also signed to play in the SHL next season. His time as legitimate NHL prospect is likely over.

Jokke Nevalainen of Dobber Propsects

18. D Patrick Sieloff, Anaheim Ducks

  • Traded from: Ottawa Senators (Brian Gibbons deal) on Feb. 25
  • Age: 24
  • Drafted: 2nd round (42nd overall) in 2012
  • AHL Belleville Senators
    • Games played: 45
    • Points: 9
      • Goals: 1
      • Assists: 8

Sieloff was assigned to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. He has the distinction of being the only player in NHL history to score a goal in each of his first two games while playing for two different teams. He scored in his first and only games with the Senators and Calgary Flames.

Elliott Teaford of The Press-Enterprise

19. RW/LW Matheson Iacopelli, Los Angeles Kings

  • Traded from: Chicago Blackhawks (Spencer Watson deal) on Feb. 24
  • Age: 24
  • Drafted: 3rd round (83rd overall) in 2014
  • AHL Rockford IceHogs
    • Games played: 27
    • Points: 4
      • Goals: 2
      • Assists: 2

While Iacopelli showed some promise during his USHL and NCAA time, and was a noticeable player for the Blackhawks at the 2017 prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, he has yet to be able to translate that to success at the professional level, either in the AHL or the ECHL. A change of scenery may do him good, but more than likely he’ll just be a depth player for a Reign team that is starting to look very thin on players, and may soon lose more if the Kings need to make additional call-ups.

Sarah Avampato of Jewels From The Crown

20. D Blake Siebenaler, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Traded from: Columbus Blue Jackets (in a deal for a conditional 7th round pick) on Feb. 11
  • Age: 22
  • Drafted: 3rd round (77th overall) in 2014
  • AHL Cleveland Monsters
    • Games played: 17
    • Points: 2
      • Goals: 1
      • Assists: 1

Acquiring the 6-2, 208-pound blueliner from Columbus was strictly a blueline depth move for the Penguins’ organization. After totaling seven goals and as many helpers in 83 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, the right-handed shot went pointless in his debut for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where the impending restricted free agent can expect to remain unless several of Pittsburgh’s defensemen contract anthrax

Mark Allan of Dobber Prospects


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