Draft Day Trades – Part II

Jeff Angus

2010-06-16

Jeff Carter

 

"We have a trade to announce…" are the only words any hockey fan ever wishes to hear out of Gary Bettman's mouth. There may be no more exciting off-ice situation in the NHL than the draft day trade announcement. There is no shortage of star players available at the draft this year – Mike Ribeiro, Tomas Kaberle, and Sheldon Souray to name a few. There are several premier soon-to-be-free agents whose rights may be up for grabs as well – Ilya Kovalchuk, Anton Volchenkov, Dan Hamhuis, Patrick Marleau, Paul Martin… the list goes on.

 

I asked the DobberHockey community to share their trade ideas a few days ago (check the topic out here). I borrowed a few of the ideas shared there and added them to some of my own.

 

To Pittsburgh: The rights to Ray Whitney

To Carolina: 2010 4th round draft pick

 

Why?


It is obvious that Whitney won't be returning to Carolina, where a significant youth movement is underway. Pittsburgh is extremely desperate for skilled wingers, and 'The Wizard' fits perfectly (on paper, of course) with Sidney Crosby on Pittsburgh's top line. Crosby has never had a winger able to keep up with his skill level. Whitney has lost a step or two in terms of skating, but he is extremely crafty, slick, and offensively-aware.

 

Fantasy impact:


Whitney is 38, so expecting him to best his previous career high in points (83 in 2006-07) would be extremely optimistic. He had 58 points last season, after posting 77 in 2008-09. Pittsburgh's highest scoring winger in 2009-10 was Bill Guerin, who had 45 points. A return to 70 points could be in the cards for Whitney if he finds himself a Penguin in 2010-11.

 

To Edmonton: 2010 1st round draft pick (TOR), 2010 1st round draft pick (BOS), Matt Hunwick

To Boston: 2010 1st round draft pick, Ethan Moreau

 

Why?


Boston desperately wants Taylor Hall. Edmonton is indifferent between Hall and Tyler Seguin. Boston trades a very valuable asset to move up, and they also take on one of Edmonton's bad contracts. The Oilers add a versatile depth defenseman who has the potential to chip in with 30-35 points.

 

Fantasy impact:


Seguin's short term upside is much higher if he is drafted by Edmonton as opposed to the Bru