The Ultimate Guide to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Edition

The Ultimate Guide to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Edition

This post is broken up into five parts per team. First is the record as of Wednesday, 2/15, which is two weeks from the trade deadline.

Secondly is the top prospects per each team. Note, this doesn’t include players like Auston Matthews and Brandon Carlo since they are contributing on a major scale in the NHL. There is room to still call those players and others of that nature as “prospects”, but for this use, they are not considered in that category.

Also listed is each team’s 2017 unrestricted free agents. After that is an analysis, which is essentially what the team is likely to do at the trade deadline.

Lastly is potential targets. These players come off of a list from @NHLRumourReport’s “Rumor Board” which can be found here: Make sure to give him a follow on Twitter as well.

Metropolitan Division

Washington Capitals — 

Record as of 2/15: 39-11-6 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Lucas Johansen (D), Madison Bowey (D), Stanislav Galiev (W), Jakub Vrana (W), Ilya Samsonov (G), Vitek Vanacek (G), Zach Sanford (W)

2017 UFAs: TJ Oshie, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner, Daniel Winnik, Brett Connolly, Tom Gilbert

Analysis: The Capitals are essentially all in at this point, so don’t expect them to sell any of their unrestricted free agents. They already made one move, which was acquiring Tom Gilbert from LA in exchange for future considerations. With a hefty number of guys coming off the books this season that will be due for pay raises, specifically TJ Oshie and Karl Alzner, it’s safe to expect to see the Capitals as aggressive buyers this deadline. Although it’s likely not going to be major pieces, depth will he added.

Potential targets: Radim Vrbata, Alex Burrows, Patrick Eaves

Pittsburgh Penguins — 

Record as of 2/15: 35-13-7 (55 GP)

Top prospects: Derrick Pouliot (D), Jake Guentzel (W), Daniel Sprong (W), Filip Gustavsson (G)

2017 UFAs: Chris Kunitz, Trevor Daley, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Kevin Porter

Analysis: The Penguins, coming off a Stanley Cup win, are essentially in the same mindset as the Capitals. They need to and want to win now. Derrick Pouliot is a name that could be moved out. He hasn’t progressed well since being drafted high in 2012. Colorado could be a fit, but not for Duchene or Landeskog. Maybe another rental, though.

Potential targets: Jarome Iginla, Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan, Dmitry Kulikov, P-A Parenteau

Columbus Blue Jackets — 

Record as of 2/15: 35-15-5 (55 GP)

Top prospects: Joonas Korpisalo (G), Sonny Milano (W), Oliver Bjorkstrand (W), Paul Bittner (W), Dillon Heatherington (D), Gabriel Carlsson (D), Pierre-Luc Dubois (C), Vitaly Abramov (W)

2017 UFAs: Sam Gagner

Analysis: The Blue Jackets surprised many this season by soaring to the top of the league after an abysmal 2015-2016 season. The emergence of young players like Josh Anderson and Markus Nutivaara have put the Jackets in a good position moving forward to the deadline. A few tweaks may be made, but likely nothing significant.

Potential targets: John Mitchell, Michael Stone, Brian Boyle, Andreas Martinsen, Tyler Johnson

New York Rangers —

Record as of 2/15: 37-18-1 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Igor Sheshtyorkin (G), Ryan Graves (D), Ryan Gropp (D), Sean Day (D), Ty Ronning (W)

2017 UFAs: Steve Kampfer, Tanner Glass

Analysis: As always, the Rangers are looking to win it all. Henrik Lundqvist is not getting any younger. A primary concern for them is on defense, although an immediate fix may not be in the plans. Kevin Shattenkirk certainly makes sense from both sides, but the Rangers likely won’t cough up what the Blues want for him and will rather wait until the offseason.

Potential targets: John Mitchell, Kevin Shattenkirk, Michael Stone, Fedor Tyutin, Dmitry Kulikov, Cody Franson

New York Islanders — 

Record as of 2/15: 25-20-10 (55 GP)

Top prospects: Michael Dal Colle (W), Josh Ho-Sang (W), Mathew Barzal (C), Kieffer Bellows (W), Ilya Sorokin (G)

2017 UFAs: Dennis Seidenberg

Analysis: The Islanders are stuck in no mans land between making and missing the playoffs currently. They only have one asset to sell, Seidenberg, but it’s unlikely that Garth Snow will do that. However, an expansion prep trade involving Thomas Hickey or Calvin de Haan would certainly be interesting. Regardless, it’ll likely be a quiet day on Long Island.

Potential targets: Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Tyler Johnson

Philadelphia Flyers —

Record as of 2/15: 27-22-7 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Anthony Stolarz (G), Sam Morin (D), Travis Sanheim (D), German Rubtsov (C), Carter Hart (G), Oskar Lindblom (W)

2017 UFAs: Mark Streit, Steve Mason, Michael Del Zotto, Nick Schultz, Michal Neuvirth, Boyd Gordon, P-E Bellemare, Chris VandeVelde

Analysis: The Flyers are in a very similar spot to the Isles. One spot they have to fix up moving forward is goaltending. One of Steve Mason or Michal Neuvirth, both pending free agents, could be moved out in the upcoming two weeks to allow for Anthony Stolarz to see more NHL playing time. Also, you have to wonder, could Ben Bishop make sense there? It seems like more of an offseason move but it’s definitely interesting.

Potential targets: Tomas Jurco, Ben Bishop

Carolina Hurricanes — 

Record as of 2/15: 24-22-7 (53 GP)

Top prospects: Jake Bean (D), Julien Gauthier (W), Nicholas Roy (C), Alex Nedeljkovic (G), Haydn Fleury (D)

2017 UFAs: Bryan Bickell, Ron Hainsey, Viktor Stalberg, Jay McClement, Matt Tennyson

Analysis: Continuing with teams in the middle of the pack, the Hurricanes find themselves in a tricky situation as well. However, they differ themselves from the Flyers in the fact that they do not have many quality assets to sell this deadline. Viktor Stalberg is a nice depth piece for a playoff run, but is dealing him for little return worth it at this point? Either way, Carolina will be a fun team to watch these next few months. As I’ve said before, Duchene makes a lot of sense for them.

Potential targets: Tomas Jurco, Matt Duchene, Ben Bishop, Ryan Spooner, Tyler Johnson

New Jersey Devils — 

Record as of 2/15: 24-22-10 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Michael McLeod (C), Nathan Bastian (C), Joey Anderson (W), Mackenzie Blackwood (G), John Quenneville (C), Josh Jacobs (D), Steve Santini (D)

2017 UFAs: Kyle Quincey, P-A Parenteau, Keith Kinkaid

Analysis: The Devils are going to be a seller this deadline with the few pieces they have. Kyle Quincey may fetch a late round pick as a depth defensemen. P-A Parenteau is much more enticing as a scorer and could go for upwards of a second round pick depending on the market. Not bad for a player picked up off of waivers in October.

Potential targets: Tomas Jurco, Ryan Spooner, Derrick Pouliot


Atlantic Division 

Montreal Canadiens — 

Record as of 2/15: 31-19-8 (58 GP)

Top prospects: Mikhail Sergachev (D), Noah Juulsen (D), Nikita Scherbak (W), Michael McCarron (W)

2017 UFAs: Andrei Markov, Alex Radulov, David Desharnais, Brian Flynn, Chris Terry

Analysis: Montreal’s big move was firing Therrien and hiring Julien, but that does not mean a few changes won’t be made at the deadline. For starters, Bergevin will try to find suitors for Plekanec and Desharnais. Even if that does not work, I’d expect them to shore up their offense a little bit. Seeing how Alex Galchenyuk does at center under Claude Julien in the upcoming two weeks will have a profound impact on where that offense will be going.

Potential targets: Martin Hanzal, Shane Doan, Alex Burrows, Patrick Eaves, Brian Gionta

Ottawa Senators — 

Record as of 2/15: 29-19-6 (54 GP)

Top prospects: Logan Brown (C), Thomas Chabot (D), Colin White (C), Johnathan Dahlen (C)

2017 UFAs: Tommy Wingels, Chris Neil, Chris Kelly, Tom Pyatt, Mike Condon

Analysis: The Senators sit in a pretty good spot right now. They have a solid core of players currently and few UFAs to deal with this summer. As a budget team, there aren’t many big pieces they can add, although Matt Duchene was looked at. Some bottom pairing defense would help them greatly.

Potential targets: Michael Stone, Fedor Tyutin, Cody Franson

Toronto Maple Leafs — 

Record as of 2/15: 26-18-11 (55 GP)

Top prospects: Carl Grundstrom (W), Joseph Woll (G), Travis Dermott (D), Jeremy Bracco (C), Rinat Valiev (D), Andreas Johnson (W)

2017 UFAs: Brooks Laich, Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Roman Polak, Matt

Matt Hunwick, Curtis McElhinney, Ben Smith

Analysis: I wouldn’t expect the Leafs to buy heavily or sell heavily at this trade deadline. Their rebuild has certainly taken an accelerated approach, but they need to stay on track. Trading prospects for a player like a Kevin Shattenkirk should not be in the picture currently. Some veteran bottom-six presence for cheap would be a good addition, though.

Potential targets: Kevin Shattenkirk, Fedor Tyutin, Brian Boyle, Cody Franson

Boston Bruins —

Record as of 2/15: 29-23-6 (58 GP)

Top prospects: Charlie McAvoy (D), Trent Frederic (C), Jakub Zboril (D), Jake DeBrusk (W), Zachary Senyshyn (W), Jeremy Lauzon (D), Malcolm Subban (G)

2017 UFAs: John-Michael Liles, Dom Moore, Zac Rinaldo

Analysis: Despite not being in a great spot heading into the trade deadline, it seems that the Bruins are looking to do something big. Gabriel Landeskog has been linked to them for a while now. Kevin Shattenkirk makes sense too, but like the Rangers, waiting until the offseason is probably for the best.

Potential targets: Kevin Shattenkirk, Gabriel Landeskog

Florida Panthers — 

Record as of 2/15: 24-20-10 (54 GP)

Top prospects: Henrik Borgstrom (C), Adam Mascherin (C), Ian McCoshen (D)

2017 UFAs: Jaromir Jagr, Jakub Kindl, Shawn Thornton, Reto Berra

Analysis: The Panthers don’t have much to do this trade deadline, quite frankly. Jagr is a free agent but I think it’s unlikely he gets moved. A new team to start next season is not out of the question, though. Florida has a lot of front office confusion to sort out in the next few months. A report came out a few months ago that they’d be willing to take on bad contracts if prospects came along with it. That’s after they traded Lawson Crouse with Dave Bolland to Arizona this summer. Very strange.

Potential targets: prospects

Tampa Bay Lightning — 

Record as of 2/15: 25-24-7 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Brett Howden (C), Boris Katchouk (W), Taylor Raddysh (W), Matthew Spencer (D), Dennis Yan (W), Adam Erne (W)

2017 UFAs: Ben Bishop, Brian Boyle

Analysis: The Lightning have had a disappointing year, which could be attributed to a number of things. Steven Stamkos being out long term did not help. They’re likely to sell this year. Brian Boyle is a solid bottom six center that can fetch them a second and a B-prospect at worst. Ben Bishop is another interesting piece, but he’s probably going to be available in the summer anyways. So it remains unknown if there will be any takers for him.

Potential targets: prospects
Detroit Red Wings — 

Record as of 2/15: 22-24-10 (56 GP)

Top prospects: Dennis Cholowski (D), Evgeny Svechnikov (W), Vili Saarijarvi (D), Tyler Bertuzzi (W)

2017 UFAs: Brendan Smith, Thomas Vanek, Drew Miller, Steve Ott

Analysis: For the first time in a long, long, long time the Red Wings will be sellers. Thomas Vanek has had a very strong year and will get them a decent return. Something similar as to when he was traded to Montreal (for Collberg and a 2nd) is likely in line. Even if he is dealt, I think there’s a strong possibility Vanek returns to Detroit next season. Smith could move too, but a late round pick is all they’ll get.

Potential targets: prospects

Buffalo Sabres —

Record as of 2/15: 24-23-10 (57 GP)

Top prospects: Alex Nylander (W), Rasmus Asplund (C), Casey Fitzgerald (D), Brendan Guhle (D)

2017 UFAs: Dmitry Kulikov, Brian Gionta, Cody Franson, Anders Nilsson, Derek Grant

Analysis: It has been another bad year for the Sabres. Tensions are boiling over in the locker room, as seen by Robin Lehner’s recent comments. They’ll be sellers again. Dmitry Kulikov has not been a fit and won’t be back with the team next season. If he’s not dealt in two weeks, he will be in the offseason. Cody Franson could fetch a decent return, despite the fact that he’s struggled in his time in Buffalo. Captain Brian Gionta also is a free agent, although he says he wants to stay. I doubt that’ll happen. He’s a good piece for a young team looking to go on a run, whoever that may be. Evander Kane’s name has been out there as well, but he carries term and salary.

Potential targets: Derrick Pouliot, Ben Hutton

Western Conference coming soon. Please share. Thank you!
-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles


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