NHL TRADE DEADLINE NEWS: Final trades trickle in; Erat, Deslauriers & Forsberg moved.

  • In a minor move, the Anaheim Ducks traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for the always mysterious “Future Considerations”.
    -Deslauriers is an interesting case.  Drafted by Edmonton in 2002, he was long battling Devan Dubnyk for the position of “goalie of the future” for the team, but ultimately lost that battle.  He was a very good AHL goalie, and showed flashes of absolute brilliance in the NHL, but lack of technical ability (i.e. flopping about in the crease) ultimately led to his downfall.  He played 4 games for the Ducks since signing there in 2011, but since then has seen his stock (and performance) plummet as he fell all the way back down to the ECHL, which he hadn’t seen since 2005/06.  This is purely a depth move for the Wild organisation, likely as a follow up to the Matt Hackett trade.
    -what the hell are Future Considerations anyway?!
  • In a surprising move, Washington traded quality young forward prospect Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for career-Predator forward Martin Erat and centre prospect Michael Latta.
    -Forsberg is a quality offensive prospect from Sweden, drafted 11th overall last year.  He has 17 points in 43 games in the Swedish 1st Division (not the SEL) this season, which is not particularly impressive-sounding, but it is notoriously difficult to judge the results of young players in Sweden as they tend not to be handed much ice time.  He may stay another year in Sweden, he may come over, but either way Nashville’s prospect system just got a whole lot better.
    -Erat has played all 11 seasons of his NHL career with Nashville, but reportedly asked for a trade when it looked like the Preds would struggle to make the playoffs this year.  He has 4 goals and 21 points in 36 games so far this year, and routinely scores 50+ points and around 20 goals.  Should add to Washington’s secondary scoring.
    -Latta was drafted in 2009 as a scoring forward in the OHL, and is now in his second pro season in the AHL.  He’s put up ok numbers, getting 27 points in his rookie year in 51 games, and 35 points in 67 games this year.  Hockey’s Future describes him as possessing “willingness bordering on zeal for competing on the corners and in front of the net”, and that he is an effective playmaker and leader.  Not bad praise, and should add plenty of potential to the Caps’ prospect system.
  • Finally, Columbus traded “Future Considerations” for 22 year old goalie Patrick Killeen from Pittsburgh.
    -Killeen is a big goalie… and that’s about it.  He’s played mostly in the ECHL since turning pro 3 years ago and has posted pretty putrid numbers even in that league.  Of course, projecting goalies is witchcraft, so he may turn out to be the next Pekka Rinne.  Or, he’s the ECHL equivalent of Steve Mason, without the stunning rookie year.
    -Seriously, what are Future Considerations?  They’re like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, or a funny Miranda Hart show – everyone’s heard of them, but no-one’s actually seen them.

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