Ryan Dadoun

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Western Conference Report Card

Thursday, April 04, 2013


Edmonton Oilers

Added: Jerred Smithson, Garrett Stafford, Kale Kessy

Lost: A fourth-round pick, Tobias Rieder, Dane Byers


The Oilers had some pieces they could potentially sell – Ryan Whitney and Nikolai Khabibulin come to mind – but they decided to remain quiet. The Oilers are in the race for a playoff spot and they don’t want to hurt their chances.


The Oilers took building through the draft to its extreme. They have a core in place that, with the right group of complimentary players, could contend for the Stanley Cup in a couple years. They don’t need to sell veterans for picks at this point, not when it could rob their young players of some post-season experience.


Grade: B


Los Angeles Kings

Added: Robyn Regehr, A fifth-round pick

Lost: Two second-round picks, Davis Drewiske


The defending Stanley Cup champions significantly upgraded their defense with the acquisition of Robyn Regehr. Fantasy owners might not care about him due to his lack of points, but he’s a stay-at-home defenseman capable of logging top-four minutes. That's a big deal for a team that's been trying to get by without blueliners Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene.


Grade: B+


Minnesota Wild

Added: A fourth-round pick, Jason Pominville, Jeff Deslauriers

Lost: A first-round-pick, a second-round pick, Matthew Hackett, Johan Larsson


Two high picks and two solid prospects for Pominville – that’s a lot to give up. At the same time, Pominville is an accomplished forward in his prime and signed through the 2013-14 campaign, so an argument could be made that he justifies the high price tag.


Pominville gives the Minnesota Wild another great top-six forward to compliment a team that already had a healthy amount of offensive depth. It looks like he’ll start his tenure with the Wild on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, which is great news for Pominville’s fantasy owners.


Grade: B+


Nashville Predators

Added: A conditional sixth-round pick, Filip Forsberg

Lost: Scott Hannan, Martin Erat, Michael Latta


Erat is a reliable forward who is good for about 50-60 points during a full campaign. He’s 31 years old and signed to a reasonable contract through 2014-15. It’s clear he’s not an insignificant loss to the Preds, but at the same time getting Filip Forsberg in return made this a great trade for Nashville.


Forsberg is a versatile forward who has been compared to Corey Perry by scouts. Washington took him with the 11th overall pick in 2012, but he would have gone higher if teams hadn’t favored defensemen in the early part of the draft. In fact, Forsberg was just the third forward taken in 2012. When it comes to prospects, nothing is certain, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Forsberg is regarded as one of the Predators’ top forwards in a few years.


Grade: A


Phoenix Coyotes

Added: A third-round pick, a seventh-round pick, Matthew Clackson, Tobias Rieder, Brandon McMillan

Lost: Steve Sullivan, Raffi Torres, Matthew Lombardi, Joel Rechlicz, Kale Kessy


The Coyotes parted with a few veteran forwards and didn’t really get anything exciting in return. That’s not to say they were deadline losers – it’s not as if Sullivan, Torres, or Lombardi warranted high prices.


As we approached the deadline, there was plenty of speculation surrounding Keith Yandle. He might still be traded, but the Coyotes will wait until the summer to do so. What they get for that deal will impact the franchise far more than anything they’ve done off the ice over the last few weeks.


Grade: C+


San Jose Sharks

Added: Four second-round picks (two conditional), a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick, Scott Hannan, Raffi Torres

Lost: A third-round pick, a conditional sixth-round pick, Ryane Clowe, Michal Handzus, Doug Murray


The Sharks managed to get plenty of value for players they might have lost anyways as unrestricted free agents over the summer. Then, given that they are still in the playoff race, they went out and got Hannan and Torres for a fraction of what they picked up.


It’s hard not to like how the Sharks handled things in recent weeks. They’ve added a ton of draft picks without significantly hurting their present club.


Grade: A+


St. Louis Blues

Added: A seventh-round pick, Jay Bouwmeester, Jordan Leopold

Lost: A conditional first-round pick, a second-round pick, a condition fifth-round pick, Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, Wade Redden


Clearly the St. Louis Blues think their time to compete for the Stanley Cup is now, even if they aren’t a lock to even miss the playoffs. The Kings proved that a good team can win the Cup even if they struggled during the regular season and it looks like the Blues took that lesson to heart.


The Blues significantly bolstered their defense at a cost to their future. To be fair though, Bouwmeester is signed through 2013-14 and Leopold is 32, so he could serve them for many years if he’s re-signed. So the Blues didn’t exactly put themselves in an all-or-nothing position.


Grade: B+


Vancouver Canucks

Added: Derek Roy

Lost: a second-round pick, Kevin Connauton


The Canucks have needed help up the middle all season and Derek Roy certainly provides that. With four goals and 22 points in 30 games this season, Roy is a big boost to a team that’s struggled offensively in 2013.


They weren’t able to trade Roberto Luongo, but that’s a tough contract to move given its length and the Canucks likely didn’t feel any urgency, given that Luongo provides them with an excellent fallback option should Cory Schneider falter or get injured in the playoffs.


Grade: A-

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