NHL Trade Deadline Predictions


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#1 Loui Eriksson

Not Traded

The Bruins are currently in a playoff spot. They should be talked about as buyers not sellers. Now while you don't have to define yourself as one or the other, it still would benefit them to hang onto Eriksson. Not only is he a player that can help them, he's a player they need. Right now he's on an incredible hot streak along side Brad Marchand. Eriksson has 7 goals in his last 7 games. It was also reported this week that the Bruins and Eriksson were still trying to agree to a new contract, so both sides are still working at it. 

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#2 Mikkel Boedker

Traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 2016 2nd round pick

The Wild are seemingly in on Jonathan Drouin. I don't believe they will be the team that lands him, but Boedker could also fit in as a second line winger for them. Being only 26, he can help them now and in the future. Minnesota is always looking for center-men, but there are very few centers available at the deadline for them to trade for. 

The Wild are just two points out of the playoffs. They normally trade with the Sabres on deadline day, see Jason Pominville, Matt Moulson, and Chris Stewart trades, but this year they should finally break the streak and go for a trade with someone else. Boedker is a bad possession player and isn't as good as his value is at. The Wild traded for Chris Stewart last year, so I wouldn't put a bad trade past them. 

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#3 Jonathan Drouin

Traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Sami Vatanen

A few days ago, most would have thought that a Drouin trade would make more sense in the offseason. However, Steve Yzerman has come out and said that he would like to trade Drouin before the deadline. This does make sense, as he is an asset they will need to move, so why not do it now and get help for the playoffs. 

The Ducks have been long talked about as a team that is interested in Drouin. They have a solid group of young defenseman including Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, and Simon Despres. They can afford to move on from Vatanen, especially when he is asking for $6 million annually. 

#4 Dan Hamuis & #6 Radim Vrbata

Traded to the Boston Bruins for a 2016 1st round pick and a prospect

#5 Kris Russell

Traded to the Dallas Stars for a 2016 2nd round pick

#7 Nail Yakupov

Traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Noah Juulsen 

#8 Brandon Pirri 

Traded to the Edmonton Oilers for 2016 3rd and 4th round picks

#9 Lee Stempniak

Traded to the Florida Panthers for a 2017 2nd round pick

#10 Jamie McGinn

Traded to the New York Islanders for a 2016 2nd round pick

The asking price to a few teams for McGinn has reportedly dropped to a 3rd round pick, but the market could change. With many contending teams still yet to make deals, and fewer pieces available the price should get back up to a 2nd rounder. The Islanders will likely do something, and they could use another winger that can fit in nicely with a guy like Cal Clutterbuck on a line that can bring energy and score. 

#11 Scott Hartnell 

Traded to the Nashville Predators for a 2017 3rd round pick

#12 P.A. Parenteau

Traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2016 3rd round pick

#13 John-Michael Liles

Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2016 5th round pick 

#14 Jonas Brodin

Not Traded

#15 Patrick Wiercoch

Traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2016 2nd round pick and a prospect

Wiercoch is an underrated defenseman that has fallen out of favor in Ottawa. The obvious TIm Murray connection to the Sens, as well as the Sabres weakness on the blue-line, makes the Sabres a perfect landing spot. With ample picks, the Sabres are able to trade a little more than a lot of teams would. The prospect wouldn't be a very good one, such as a William Carrier or Vaclav Karabacek. Both are former 2nd rounders.