The Los Angeles Kings were again involved in a trade this season. This time it was sending one of their recently acquired players Carl Hagelin to the Washington Capitals for a 2019 3rd and 4th round pick.
The Kings now have two 1st round picks, two 3rd round picks and two 4th round picks. With their acquisition of these picks this season they now have 10 draft picks this year.
Hagelin played 22 games with the Kings tallying 5 points, in 38 games split between the Kings and Penguins Hagelin has 8 points. Since going to Anaheim in 2015-16 Hagelin has been on four different clubs in 4 years, three different clubs in a year. Hagelin has collected 100 points in 260 games played since 2015-16. The Capitals will more than likely slot Hagelin on their third or fourth line. With the waiving of Devante Smith-Pelley, Hagelin is essentially coming in to fill Devante-Smith Pelley’s role but just add some speed on the wing and change things up for the Capitals offensive bottom-six make up.
Who won the trade?
L.A. by far. They are in no need for Hagelin he is not a long term player you build around. He is a prototypical bottom six winger that is easily replaceable. With the trading of Hagelin the Kings have ten draft picks. For a team that amongst a re-tool situation ten picks, two first rounders and four picks within the third and fourth round is pretty nice. Plus what is Hagelin going to bring to the Capitals that will make them that much of a better team? Speed the occasional point and perhaps a big-time goal here and there in the playoffs. Will Hagelin provide the Capitals with depth sure but will he be able to be the same player he was in Pittsburgh during their cup run? Probably not. Therefore the Kings getting a 3rd and 4th for Hagelin and Capitals giving away those picks for a player that is probably not going to be re-signed at the end of this season as he is a UFA seems like a little much. The Kings win this trade for sure.