Another trade deadline has come and gone with a number of big name, established vets getting moved for futures. Here are three such prospects that changed addresses.
Danny O’Regan – BUF
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Eichel Botterill finally ended the Evander Kane era in Buffalo by dealing him to San Jose for a couple of picks and Danny O’Regan. With this acquisition, the Sabres now have the entire top line from the 2014-15 Boston Terries consisting of the aforementioned O’Regan along with Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues. They terrorized opponent that year combining for 182 points in 41 games. The newest Sabre was drafted way back in 2012 by San Jose lasting until the fifth round. He spent the full four years in college with BU and had four very productive seasons. He burst onto the scene as a freshman tallying 16 goals and 22 helpers leading the Terriers in scoring and finished second in the NCAA in points by a rookie, just one behind leader Riley Barber. He led all first-year players in power play goals with eight and game winners with four. In his sophomore year his production took a big dip to just 22 points in what was a down year for the program. His 10 goals were a team high. In 2013-14 he also represented team USA at the WJHC where he scored a goal in four games. Unsurprisingly he had his best year in 2014-15 riding shotgun with eventual Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel, scoring 23 times and dishing out 27 assists to finish tied for seventh in the NCAA in scoring. In his senior campaign he paced the Terriers in goals (17) assists (27) and points (44). He ended his college career as a point per game player with 154 points in 154 games. O’Regan has continued to be a productive scorer in the pro game, granted at a lower level.
In his rookie pro season in the AHL, O’Regan was a force to be reckoned with, racking up 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points to lead the San Jose Barracuda in both of the latter two categories. Not only did he lead his team, he led all first year players in scoring and was awarded the Red Garrett Memorial Award which goes to the AHL’s rookie of the year. He received his first taste of NHL action that same year, getting into a trio of games and scored his first NHL goal. He still sits third on the ‘Cuda in scoring with 25 points despite having played only 31 or the teams 50 games, thanks to extended NHL duty. With 19 games under his belt in the big league this year, he’s amassed four helpers.
In a not-very-deep San Jose Sharks system, O’Regan was a good gamble to take in terms of a return. He’s conquered every level at which he’s played, except for one. Whether or not he can remains to be seen.
Erik Foley – STL
In one of the more surprising deadline day deals, the St. Louis Blues send