2009 trade deadline – prospect moves

Stuart McDonald


Nick Bonino

With only 22 trades at the 2009 trade deadline, a mere seven prospects with fantasy value changed teams. Except for Matt Lashoff, none of the seven will have any fantasy significance in the immediate future. Of the other six, four should be on your fantasy radar.


The biggest prospect deal of the day took place between Anaheim and San Jose. With Anaheim frantically re-tooling, they sent forward Travis Moen and defenceman Kent Huskins to San Jose for Nick Bonino, goalie Timo Pielmeier and a conditional draft pick.

Bonino, San Jose's sixth-round pick in 2007, is lighting it up this year for Boston University alongside future fantasy stud Colin Wilson. Boston University won the Beanpot tournament in February and Bonino, a sophomore, was named tournament MVP. The Terriers are currently the No. 1 team in the country, thanks in part to the unexpected breakout of Bonino. Largely a puck distributor, Bonino has 24 assists and 37 points in 33 games, good enough for second on the club in both assists and points. The Hartford native will play at least one more year of college before he'll get a sniff at the pro ranks.    

Bonino is currently ranked number 184 on Dobber's prospect list but will get a boost in the next ratings update.

Pielmeier was San Jose's 3rd round pick (83rd overall) in 2007. The 6'0, 165-pound native of Deggenforf Germany plays for Shawinigan of the QMJHL. He is 30-7-2 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA in 41 games. Pielmeier, 19, has the third best GAA among goalies with 40 or more games played in the Q. Hidden in now defunct St.John's last season, Pielmeier has strung together a couple of solid seasons between the pipes in North America and is definitely a goalie to watch.

While Anaheim gave up a couple of playoff-proven NHL veterans, they acquired two solid prospects from San Jose to make this deal more than worthwhile. Both Anaheim prospects should now be on your fantasy radar.    

Another quieter trading deadline deal involved Mark Recchi, a small, former fourth-round pick who continues to hold back father time. Recchi's 45 points in 63 games is remarkable considering he turned 41 on Feb. 1st. His performance this season paid huge dividends for Tampa, as they were able to parlay Recchi and their second-round selection in 2010 to Boston in return for defenseman Matt Lashoff and two-way forward Martins Karsums. Both Lashoff and Karsums are solid, if not blue-chip prospects, and will greatly enhance Tampa Bay's rebuilding efforts.

Lashoff has the potential to be a major point prod