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NHL Trade Deadline Deals: Nyquist to SJS, Montour to Buffalo, Kinkaid to Columbus

To keep this short and concise due to the amount of trades that can happen. I will do a bigger over view after the deadline is over for now. Just the details.

Columbus made another trade this time for New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Columbus received Keith Kinkaid and devils received a 2022 5th round pick.

The Sharks made a great deal for a premier passer, veteran and top-six forward. Gustav Nyquist was sent to San Jose for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

The Sabres made a surprising deal that caught some of us off guard for Ducks young defenseman, Brandon Montour. Buffalo picked up Montour and Ducks received a 1st rounder (San Jose 1st round from Kane deal) and prospect Brandon Guhle.

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Filip Zadina Set To Play Vs San Jose, Mats Zuccarello Makes Stars Debut Vs Chicago

Filip Zadina, the Red Wings 6th overall selection in the 2018 NHL draft was recalled yesterday morning. Zadina has not played with the Red Wings this regular season and his time up at the professional level this season will probably last 10 or so games. Zadina has been having himself a nice year with the Grand Rapid Griffins collecting 31 points in 45 games. Zadina is set to play on the third line with Luke Glending and Thomas Vanek.

Mats Zuccarello was sent to Dallas last night for a 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick. Dallas turns around quickly for a back to back after getting shutout vs Carolina. Less than 24-hours later they face Chicago in a Sunday afternoon game. Zuccarello has been projected to be playing line two with Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa. Zuccarello has 37 points in 46 games (11G, 26A).

 

Is Dylan Larkin The Most Under-Rated Player In The NHL?

I have a feeling this article may have some backlash and some may enjoy it. Either way, Dylan Larkin has not been talked about at all this season and silently has 60 points in 61 games on pace for a 80+ point season.

Larkin is 22-years-old, on a very team-friendly 6.1 million dollar AAV contract until 2023. Larkin collected just 77 points in his first 160 games in the NHL. He turned around in 2017-18 for 63 points in 82 games and is now on pace to well exceed 63 points from last season. Larkin has 60 points in 61 games and with 21 games left in the year and already at the 60 point mark. Larkin is going to collect 80 points this year. Granted he stays healthy. In addition to that Larkin is on pace for 30-36 goal season and 50-55 assist year (90 points, yes I say 80 he is definitely going to collect.)

Larkin is playing on one of the youngest teams in the NHL, average age for Detroit’s forwards is 26.5 years old. The only reason the average is somewhat high is because of Thomas Vanek, Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm. Aside from those three, Andreas Anthanasiou (24), Anthony Mantha (24), Tyler Bertuzzi (24) not to mention Filip Zadina, Jacob De La Rose.

Larkin plays with Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi. With Nyquist’s surprising season it has helped supplement Larkin’s 60 point, 0.99 point per game season but Larkin is by far the best player on this roster and certainly every chance he gets out there and whoever he is with he makes better. The kid is plain and simple a competitor, just last game vs Nashville he got hit hard injuring his shoulder. An injury that has been lingering, he stayed in the game and played through the game, not changing his game one bit. It is one example, yes but if you watch film on this kid. He does all the little things right and always goes above and beyond his role. The making of a young leader, and top player in the NHL.

Consistently from the start of the season in October Larkin has produced 9+ points every month. Larkin’s best month came in December when he collected 18 points in 16 games (8G, 10A). Coming off the month of February where he currently has 12 points in 10 games with two games to play.

It seems as if there is not much to say about how Larkin separates himself from the pack, but for a team that is 15th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL he consistently produces month by month, game in and game out. Yet no one wants to talk about how much of an impact he makes on this team. For a 22-year-old forward in the NHL he ranks among the top NHL players. He’s tied 35th in the NHL in points among players like Matt Duchene, Mika Zibanejad and Jonathan Huberdeau seems to be some pretty solid players in the NHL. Not to mention Larkin is just two away from guys like Mark Stone, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Debrincat again some respectable names. Why can’t we put Larkin in the class he belongs and admit that this kid is going to be a top-10 player in the NHL in 3-4 years.

Top Sellers And Their Current Needs Heading Into The Trade Deadline

The trade deadline seems like it is so far away but in the blink of an eye it will be February 25th, therefore around this time, within the next two weeks we could see a flurry of moves. Always at the deadline there are three types of teams, sellers, buyers and teams staying put. Here are my top five sellers at the deadline and their current needs.

1. New York Rangers:

Clear as day this team is selling, they are probably performing a little above expectations but the team knows they have no intentions on winning right now nor in the next year or two. Therefore most of their roster/players that are ending or nearing the end of their contracts are on the move. For example, Mats Zuccarello is one of the many names on the list that will/is probably going to be moved. Adam McQuaid is on that list, Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestikov, and I believe Pavel Buchnevich should but have not heard much about him. The Rangers are going to be selling Zuccarello for sure, McQuaid more than likely, Hayes is 50/50 and same with Namestikov.

What could they use in return? The Rangers want prospects, high-end, projected top-three to six forward players. They could also use some draft picks, maybe another first rounder down the road, a first round this year, and definitely a second round pick. Essentially they want a top-three draft pick.

2. Carolina Hurricanes:

This comes of shock to me as well but the Hurricanes seem like they are in the boat to sell. They are in the market for some young prospects right now and I would say the Hurricanes want to sell because they usually are a team that comes in under the cap space and right now they have to worry about Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and signing Sebastian Aho to a long term contract. Therefore they are looking to sell to do so. The Hurricanes are currently looking to trade Michael Ferland, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk.

What could they use in return? The Hurricanes like forwards, young forwards, players like a Brock McGinn seems to be the Carolina fit. They said they do not want much defenseman actually and they would rather lose 5-4 then lose 2-1. Therefore the Hurricanes want top-two draft picks and high end forward prospects.

3. Detroit Red Wings:

Not big sellers but they are trying to get rid of, should not say get rid of but trade Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings know they cannot win right now nor next year they have full intentions and sights set on the future and with their current roster make up being a bunch of young up and coming players, it only makes sense to go after draft picks.

What could they use in return? The Red Wings do a helluva a job drafting, give this team two first round picks and they will find some gems. They got a steal in Filip Zadina last draft and would like to have some more draft picks this year. They have said the asking price for Howard and Nyquist are first round picks.

4. Florida Panthers:

The Panthers actually just made three call ups and placed Jamie McGinn on their non-roster. The Panthers are not what we expected this year they have got the goaltending, some inconsistent play and a slow start hurt this team.  Even with Mike Hoffman projected for 40 goals, Yandle having a Norris season and Barkov playing well they still are not in the playoff hunt. The Panthers wanted to be a playoff team this year but like we said things did not go their way and they are essentially just one piece away from being a playoff contending team. That piece is a goaltender. The Panthers could look to sell Mark Pysyk and Nick Bjugstad.

What could they use in return? A legitimate starting goaltender, top-six winger and second or third round draft pick. Could be a Jimmy Howard, Casey DeSmith situation for them but we have not heard much from the Panthers, just speculations.

5. Ottawa Senators:

The Senators have such a difficult off-season ahead of them in terms of contract renewals, they need to sign back Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Cody Ceci and Ryan Dzingel probably only 2/4 or 3/4 players can come back therefore they are going to be selling one or two of these four names. If I had to guess after what has come out about Duchene and his agent, he could be gone and due to Ceci’s value he could be gone as well.

What could they use in return? Endless top draft picks never hurts, top-three/six forward and top-three/four defenseman prospects. You can easily get a first round, second and top-six prospect forward for Duchene and a 2nd round, bottom-six forward prospect for Ceci.

Tyler Bertuzzi suspended two games for actions in Sunday game vs Colorado

What a night for the young forward in Detroit. This Sunday game Tyler Bertuzzi managed to drop the gloves vs Ian Cole as well as pull a very controversial move during a scrum that involved Dylan Larkin, Bertuzzi and Matt Calvert.

The play was a typical hockey play, Matt Calvert was gaining the red when Mike Green stepped up and hit him. Calvert ended up going upper body into the Red Wings bench, where Dylan Larkin grabbed Calvert’s stick and wouldn’t let it go. So Calvert in a sword spearing motion pushed it back at Larkin. When Bertuzzi and Larkin decided to grab Calvert and that is when Bertuzzi eventually sucker punched Calvert.

It has been a week to forget for Bertuzzi, who just the game before this was involved in the scrum between the Bruins Marchand and Red Wings scrum in which almost led to a goalie brawl.

Bertuzzi is serving a two-game suspension, in which he will miss Tuesday night vs Tampa Bay and Thursday night vs Toronto. I don’t see any push back for this suspension. There is no room in the game for sucker punches to a defenseless player, especially when the whole thing started because of something your teammate did and Calvert was totally in no way at fault here. Terrible play by Bertuzzi, he earns his punishment, but I can tell you now this will not be the last time we see Bertuzzi suspended in the NHL.

 

Best NHL plays of Tuesday night; Sharks win over Nashville, Red Wings first two-goals, Oilers win over Montreal

This was a pretty exciting night, some upsets, some high scoring games and some games we all expected. This will be a new edition, and this does not mean “top plays” as in top goals, or passes it means the top plays as in what lead to the goal. I will break down about 3-4 games and highlight how that goal happened and the important aspect/teaching point. 

Game 1: Predators vs Sharks; 5-4 Sharks won. This was a crazy game from start to finish. The Sharks opened up with three first period goals and the Predators score 4 unanswered goals after that. The one play I will be highlighting is the fourth goal for the Predators and Sharks. The 4th goal for Nashville came off the stick of Rocco Grimaldi, all he did was outwork the defense man get inside position on him and bury his chance. Hard work, desire for the puck, is all you need to be successful. Fourth goal for San Jose came off the stick of Joe Pavelski but the play started with Joe Thornton taking a hit to make a play, Burns filling in, making a questionable pass, Sharks forward staying with the puck and instead of Pavelski going hard to the net he stays in the soft area in the high slot, bangs it home. 

Game 2: Canadiens vs Oilers; Oilers won 5-2. I am going to highlight two Oilers goals here and their first two, for one reason puck movement and simplicity. You probably here time and time again, do not force passes and use the perimeter, open the ice and get the defense man to open up and move. The Oilers did exactly that on their first goal. It started with a good fore check/terrible play by Canadiens defenseman. #91 for the Oilers came in hard forced a turnover, held it for a second, created space, Draisaitl popped behind the net, McDavid slid to the hash marks on the other side of the goal, Benning foot inside the blue in the middle of the ice, it was bang-bang, #91 to Draisaitl to McDavid to Benning for a goal. Simple, open the ice and create space. Goal #2 for the Oilers is my favorite, McDavid is so good at this, not forcing anything to the middle staying wide and creating offense that way. A lot of kids and players nowadays like to come down on a defenseman and go to the middle thinking they will beat him that way, all defenseman are programmed to push you wide and ride you into the boards, McDavid does exactly that, goes wide and uses his speed to blow by the hit. All young players out there, you have a slower defenseman on the ice, use your speed and go wide, just like McDavid’s play and the Oilers second goal. 

Game 3: Coyotes vs Red Wings: Red Wings won 5-1. This was a game the Coyotes probably expected to win. They have been playing pretty decent hockey this season, a lot better than years past but the Red Wings scored three quick goals and it was game from there. The Red Wings first two goals will be highlighted though. The Red Wings first goal is like a dream come true watching it, it was so slick and perfect. Pass from the defenseman to the forward swinging through the neutral zone, one touch pass to the supporting forward there with him, back to the forward with speed up ice and the Red Wings Anthony Mantha, used his speed, pushed the defenseman back, Frans Neilsen, forward two pushes the defenseman back to the goal, leaving Mantha on a 1 v 1 vs a forward, all he does is keep his feet moving, shooting off his stride cross the body of the goalie. Goal #2 is a coaches dream, Red Wings on the power play, puck gets moved from the right side to the left side, shot from the point Justin Abdelkader slides right in front of the net, takes the goalies eyes away and shot beats the goalie clean. Red Wings up 2-0. Watch up until 2:00 minutes to see the highlights. 

NHL Power Rankings: From 31 on up…

As the season comes around and we get started on predicting how teams will finish at the end of this season. Around this time is always a perfect time to go into some power rankings and team preview talk. For starters we will go over 5 teams each day until every team is covered. Therefore we will be starting with the 31st ranked team to the 26th.

31. Ottawa Senators: 

NHL Ottawa Senators

This team is a mess, they have very little going for them this season. Besides Brady Tkachuk who is still unknown if he is going to play major juniors or crack the roster, the Senators summer has been a disaster. Between the Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson tirade, Hoffman getting shipped out of Ottawa, Mark Stone contract issues, Cody Ceci contract issues, Craig Anderson saying he basically does not care for drama, essentially saying the team is all drama. And the worst of it all the future of Karlsson being clear as day that he does not want to remain a Senator. I would be surprised if the Senators finish anywhere higher than 29th place, I am going with 31st for Ottawa because based off their forward and offensive depth along with an aging goaltender. You cannot win games with the roster Ottawa has.

Their key acquisitions: Signed Paul Carey and acquired Mikkel Boedeker in trade.

30. Montreal Canadiens: 

Much like the Senators the Canadiens have nothing going for them. Shea Weber is out for 4-6 weeks, Max Pacioretty situation only seems to be getting worse. They lack a ton of depth on the wings and their draft pick this year raises some concern. Without Weber, this teams number one d-man is Jeff Petry. On top of that, Carey Price has been battling injuries for forever now, whatever it is, it seems the superstar goaltender just can’t fight it. Without Price 100 percent, Weber out for an extended period of time and Pacioretty seemingly on the way out, what does this team have going for them? Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi? They traded away Alex Galchenyuk this offseason for Domi so it is not like they upgraded by any means. They have very little offensive weapons and an aging blue line. This team is destined for an even worse finish than last year.

Key acquisitions: Xavier Ouellet signed, signed back Tomas Plekanec, signed Joel Armia.

29. Vancouver Canucks: 

NHL Vancouver CanucksThey are a young team, there is nothing to be worried about right now they have some of the best prospects in the league and plenty of talent on the roster right now. Due to the division they are in, their depth across the board and age level/experience the Canucks are just not there yet. They have a lot to look forward to in Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Quinton Hughes, Jonathan Dahlen and if their number one goalie prospect Thatcher Demko pans out they should be fine. The Canucks also have Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund and Sam Gagner. They have a lot of depth honestly it’s that their scorers and top guys are young, they have no goaltending and their defense is very weak.

Key acquisitions: Jay Beagle, Tim Schaller, Antoine Roussel.

28. Detroit Red Wings: 

The Red Wings are much like the Canucks they have a lot of young talent but, their defense is weak and their goaltending is too inconsistent. They have a ton of prospects ready to emerge in the league, with already some established young forwards in Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Matrin Frk, with Filip Zadina and Evgeny Svechnikov on the up the Red Wings just need to figure out their goaltending and defense. Niklas Kronwall has expressed this is his last year, they lost a defenseman to free agency this offseason and also Henrik Zetterberg will be out for this entire season and possibly forever it seems like. The Red Wings are 3-4 years away from being a solid team again.

Key acquisitions: Tomas Vanek signed, Jonathan Brenier signed, Chris Terry signed.

27. Arizona Coyotes: 

NHLImproving, but not there just yet, the Coyotes finished 29th last season, not the usual 30, 31st, which is good! They made a serious push at the end of the season last year and could possibly carry that momentum into this year. The Coyotes have a very young and inexperienced team on the front end, their back end is more veteran, solid guys who have been around awhile. The Coyotes have a lot to look forward to in Barrett Hayton, Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Lawson Crouse and goalie Adin Hill. As well hoping Dylan Strome can finally crack the roster this year and be on the team for good. With Strome, Clayton Keller, Alex Galchenyuk, Derek Stepan, Michael Grabner, Brad Richardson, Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza the Coyotes have talent on the front end. With Oliver Ekman Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jakub Chychurn, Alex Goligoski they have the depth all around they just need a goaltender and some consistency.

Key acquisitions: Michael Grabner, Alex Galchenyuk, Vinnie Hinostroza.

26. New York Islanders: 

The Islanders are going to be without their captain and superstar for the first time in 9 -years that is going to be difficult to adjust to, we cannot expect this team to look to Matthew Barzal the same way they did in John Tavares. Tavares was the mold to this team and without him the first season will be rough. Plus the Islanders lack a great deal of defensive depth and goaltending consistency. They took a gamble on Robin Lehner but who knows with him. They have talent upfront and in the system but I just think anytime a top player and one of the best players in the league leaves his home the team struggles a bit. Barzal, Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd will have a ton more responsibilities. Luckily the Islanders did get a new coach in Barry Trotz and new General Manager in Lou Lamoriello, whom have signed a ton of veteran depth like Tom Kuhnhackl, Vlatteri Filppula, Matt Martin and Leo Komarov it will help but with little goaltending and Nick Leddy, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock holding down the blue the Islanders are in for a different type of season.

Key acquisitions: Leo Komarov, Vlatteri Filppula, Tom Kuhnhackl, Robin Lehner, Matt Martin.