We had a significant trade made after the third overall selection, and both involved the Draft host team of Montreal. They went out and got a young centre they had been looking for while sending out Alexander Romanov. The two trades look as such:
That effectively works out to being Romanov (to NYI) and picks 66 and 98 being sent out by Montreal for Kirby Dach, a pending RFA. Let's break down the players.
To New York
Alexander Romanov has had an uneven start to his career, which doesn't feel unusual for a young defenceman. He had some good offensive metrics, according to Evolving Hockey, in his rookie season. As a Habs fan, watching Romanov exposed us to his ability to be solid in transition while jumping into the play offensively, looking for dangerous shots. He wasn't always successful, as his production was very muted, but he didn't have a big role either. At 21 years old, there was still more to learn.
A lot of that disappeared in his second season, at least until Martin St. Louis took over. His production rose a bit, on a per-game basis, but he also added over three minutes per game in TOI. The defence steadied as the slot was kept relatively clean – relative on a very bad team, that is – but the offence disappeared,