Draft Day 2, Duchene, plus more…
It’s hard to believe considering some of the days we’ve had recently, but Day 2 of the draft was a relatively slow news day when it comes to trades. The only trade of note was the Travis Hamonic trade, which Mike Clifford explored from a fantasy standpoint.
There’s a few reasons that the Islanders would trade Hamonic. For starters, remember that he had requested (then rescinded) a trade to a western Canadian team last season to be closer to family. Also, that’s three draft picks in the first two rounds that the Islanders receive in return. Could the Islanders also be freeing up a little space to make a run at a free agent?
Mike brought up the fact that Hamonic is injury-prone – that he hasn’t played more than 75 games in any of the past six 82-game seasons. But if you’re wondering how much the Islanders might really miss Hamonic, check out the stat below.
So remember how the Islanders had protected four defensemen and four forwards for the expansion draft? One of those defensemen was Hamonic. Another one was Nick Leddy. The other two? Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech. With Hamonic now traded, both should be in the Islanders’ lineup this coming season.
Pelech hasn’t been a notable offensive contributor in either the AHL or NHL, but Pulock should be of some interest to you. He’s currently number 8 on Dobber’s Top 50 Fantasy Hockey Prospect Defensemen. We’ve been waiting for what seems like an eternity for Pulock (actually only a few years), so it’s now or never for Pulock. But I don’t see how he doesn’t make the team now.
If you’re looking for a deep sleeper to make the Islanders, a blueliner to consider is Devon Toews (no relation to Jonathan). Toews scored 46 points in 76 games in the AHL last season and has shown offensive upside at every level.
Now that the draft has been completed, here’s some information that might be of some interest to you:
Country # of Selections
United States 50
Czech Republic 9