Word came out yesterday that the Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals reached a trade agreement. The Ducks acquired center Mathieu Perreault from the Capitals in exchange for left winger John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick. This is not the John Mitchell in Colorado. This was a good pick up by Anaheim, but how does it benefit the Capitals?
The Anaheim Ducks have now picked up a really good possession player. He isn’t a well-known player, but it was a pretty cheap price to pay for someone of his talent. Last season, he contributed 6 goals and 11 assists in 39 games. He played rather decent, and he added 4 points in his 7-game playoff run. He will be joining with old forces again. He will be coached yet again by ex-Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. This is his 3rd reuniting with Boudreau after playing under him in Hershey (AHL), Washington, and now Anaheim.
How does this benefit Washington? If you will recall I wrote about three rising stars in Washington not too long ago. One of the players I highlighted was a young man named Tom Wilson. A quick enforcer from the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL, Wilson, according to me, was going to be a star this year. With Perreault moving to Anaheim, not only did it give Wilson some room on the roster, it helped clear up some room in the salary cap for him. I believe Washington made this trade just so Wilson would have more room on the team. That may be a little biased on my part, since I watched Wilson play in Plymouth, but that’s what I feel happened.
Does this affect anything? It might not take into effect yet, but Perreault is going to be a strong player in a Ducks uniform. It’s going to be fun watching him play with players like Teemu Selanne and the rest of the little Ducklings. I would watch these two teams play just a little bit and see how the players involved make a difference.