Andrew Schopp takes a closer look at five prospects who changed teams at the trade deadline.
At 2:10 EST and with 50 to minutes to go, the 2013 edition of NHL trade deadline day was becoming a forgettable piece of NHL history. Then, NHL GMs went full tilt in the final hour with a flurry of trades; shipping all-stars, captains and a slew of promising prospects across the league. When it was all said and done, the Sabres began the rebuild process, the Blue Jackets look more like a playoff team, and a number of prospects found themselves on the fantasy radar. These five prospects dealt prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline could make an impact soon.
5.) Ben Hanowski – Round 3, 63rd Overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft
The consensus amongst fans and the media is that the Calgary Flames traded franchise player Jarome Iginla away to the Penguins for next to nothing. 22-year-old right wing Ben Hanowski will look to convince Flames fans GM Jay Feaster hasn't pulled off the biggest trade blunder in Flames history. Virtually unknown prior to the March 28 trade, Hanowski put up two 100 point seasons in his high school career, followed by a decent 82 points in 119 games at the college level.
Standing at 6-2, 198 pounds, Hanowski is touted by scouts as a goal-scorer with a good combination of size and skill. A solid player at the NCAA level, the general consensus on Hanowski's NHL future is grim, many believing he will never set foot on NHL ice. Hanowski will work out of the shadow of the Iginla trade fiasco and hope to crack a shallow Flame's roster.
4.) Kevin Connauton – Round 3, 83rd Overall, 2009 NHL Entry Draft
After sending their captain Brendan Morrow to Pittsburgh the Dallas Stars shipped top center Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks for 23-year-old defensive prospect Kevin Connauton.
An offensive-defenseman, Connauton tallied 72 points in 69 games in the 2010 WHL season with the Vancouver Giants. Connauton has hit a snag in his development recently though, experiencing a lag in his offensive contributions with the American League's Chicago Wolves this season, notching 25 points in 60 games. The Stars will need to exercise patience with Connauton as he works through his struggles in his defensive game but remains a solid option for poolies looking for a future top-four offensive-defensemen.