The NHL Draft is more than just teams laying claim to young prospects as they climb the amateur ranks. Draft Day is a day where teams retool their organizations in order to architect their next championship season. In addition to the excitement and intrigue surrounding the incoming players, several trades have also gone down.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the teams that have recently been very active in the trade market on Draft Day, has traded Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks for a second round draft pick.
Kennedy had six goals and five assists in 46 games played this season, adding two goals and three assists in the playoffs. San Jose will be relinquishing the 50th overall pick for Kennedy’s services.
The Minnesota Wild have traded the rights to restricted free agent forward Cal Clutterbuck to the New York Islanders for forward Nino Niederreiter. The Islanders will also receive the 70th overall pick.
Clutterbuck will literally add some punch to the Islanders lineup. The gritty two-way forward is capable of helping out New York wherever he is slotted amongst the group of forwards. Remember, Clutterbuck put up 19 goals in the 2010-11 campaign, and the 25-year-old is a former linemate of John Tavares.
Niederreiter was drafted fifth overall by the Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Still just twenty years old, Niederreiter possesses some off-the-charts talent but has butted heads with management since day one. A change of scenery should be a great benefit to the speedster, and his entry level contract will certainly help out Minnesota.
In the surprise deal of the day (to this point), the Vancouver Canucks have dealt goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick.
Schneider has two years remaining on the three-year, $12 million deal he signed a year ago that seemed to spell the end of Roberto Luongo’s tenure in Vancouver. Now, Luongo appears to again be the guy in the Canucks’ crease and Schneider will be fighting for the starting job with Canada’s other 2006 Olympic netminder, Martin Brodeur. At the very least, New Jersey seems to have named Brodeur’s heir apparent.
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