NHL Roundup: Trades, Prospects, & More!
In the NHL Roundup, we look at the latest news, rumours, and tidbits in the hockey world! This edition takes a look at the four trades that went down on October 1st, as wells a look at some young players vying for spots on NHL rosters!
- Monday saw four trades go down, most of them minor:
Baptiste, 23, was a 3rd round pick in 2013 and finally graduated to the NHL last season, scoring 4 goals and 6 points in 32 games with the Sabres. Dougherty, 22, was a 2nd round pick in 2014 and had 12 points in 63 games with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL.
Carrick, 24, had 12 points in 47 games from the blueline with the Leafs last season, but no longer fit in with their long term plans. Carrick is expected to push Roman Polak down on the Stars depth chart, taking his place on the bottom pairing.
Kulak, 24, filed for arbitration in July and received a one-way contract worth $900K. Kulak had 8 points in 71 games with the Flames, but seemed to be out performed by Juuso Valimaki in training camp, and was promptly sent to Montreal.
Jerabek, who signed a one-year deal worth $1M with the Oilers in the summer, was traded to the Blues in a move that not only opens a little more cap space but also makes room for prospect Evan Bouchard (picked 10th overall in June) and Jason Garrison, who had a strong training camp off a PTO.
- Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka announced Monday that Barrett Hayton, the 5th overall pick by Arizona in 2018, has made the team's opening night roster. Hayton, who had 60 points in 63 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL last season, dealt with injury problems during the preaseason but impressed at training camp and in prospect tournaments.
- Some more players that made the cut: Dillon Dube and Juuso Valimaki had strong preseason outings and made the team per Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters. Dube shone with 6 points in 7 preseason matches, while Valimaki (picked 16th overall by the Flames in 2017) had 5 points in 7 games while getting just over 10 minute of ice time as a defender.
- The Anaheim Ducks are really embracing the youth movement. Forwards Isac Lundestrom (23rd overall in 2018), Sam Steel, Troy Terry, Max Jones (24th overall in 2016), and Maxime Comtois still remain with the team. It's possible (though unlikely) all five make the opening night roster.
- EA Sports's annual season simulation this year was, well, interesting. It saw the San Joe Sharks (featuring 2019 Norris winner Erik Karlsson) face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Finals, with the Leafs ultimately winning in game seven and John Tavares winning the Conn Smythe. Rasmus Dahlin took home the Calder, Sergei Bobrovsky won his third Vezina, and Connor McDavid took home another Hart and Art Ross. See for yourself!