This week we take a quick look at how teams might incorporate new acquisitions from Monday’s Trade Deadline into their lineup. For a recap on what happened yesterday, I highly recommend you check out Dobber’s trade tracker. The boys did a great job of providing instant analysis on every trade.
Evander Kane – Logan Couture – Tomas Hertl
There’s reason to believe Kane sees time beside Pavelski this season, as the two played together in the KHL during the 2012-2013 lockout. However, Kevin Kurz – who covers the Sharks for The Athletic – thinks Kane debuts alongside Couture and Hertl on Tuesday night. After a scorching start to the season that saw him tally 19 points in his first 20 games, Kane has cooled off considerably, with just five points in his last 20 contests. We should expect something in between going forward, but I really think this change of scenery will prove to be beneficial. This fresh start with the Sharks will allow him to play meaningful hockey again, he can look forward to his first career playoff game. This isn’t just me speculating, Kane himself told The Athletic:
“Excited probably doesn’t do it enough justice to how I feel. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity of possibly playing in the playoffs, and just hoping to add as much as I can to that group, and hope to get us in there and go on a long run.”
The hope is for Kane to use his size and strength to create more space for a ‘skill’ guy like Tomas Hertl. Hertl hasn’t had an ideal season with just 33 points in 60 games, and a single point in his last five contests. I expect Kane will bring new energy to this line, allowing Hertl to improve his production going forward. Logan Couture on the other hand just needs to keep doing what he has been doing – 21 points in his last 25 games? Not too shabby.
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Rick Nash
The Bruins’ used the trade deadline as an opportunity to prove they’re more than a one line team. Personally, I think they paid a steep price for a