Some trades within the NHL trade deadline paid off handsomely on 25 February 2019, while others didn’t. We are here to identify the worst and best so far and what will be next for the teams and players in the NHL.
Carl Hagelin – Washington Capitals
For years, fans of the Washington Capitals loathed Carl Hagelin while he was playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers as a tenacious and speedy forward. Now? They are in love with the guy after he was acquired by the Washington Capitals from Los Angeles on 21 February 2019 for a 3rd-rounder during this season and a 6th-rounder in 2020.
Hagelin has as many points in 11 matches with the Capitals as he had in 22 matches with the Kings where he scored two goals and assisted with three more. His shot attempts of 57.76% at 5-on5 merely is incredible, and he has been a valuable addition to the third line with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller.
Ryan Donato – Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild team continue to fight for a playoff spot this season and the guy that can take them there is assisting them at the moment to make this a reality. Ryan Donato has accumulated 13 points in a total of 13 matches since he joined the Minnesota Wild team in a trade that saw Charlie Coyle go to Boston. Since he arrived, Donato has been the scoring leader for the team, and while he only has four goals so far.
Donato is currently second in the team with shots behind Jason Zucker who is the most natural goal-scorer for the team. Donato is now playing more than 16 minutes per match, giving him the opportunity to be a key player during huge situations. There’s still a long way to go before this trade will play out, but at the moment he makes a positive impact which Minnesota Wild certainly needs.
Mark Stone – Vegas Golden Knights
If you are looking for the most positive impact in a team, you don’t have to look further than Mark Stone. Just because he is considered a natural choice doesn’t make it less accurate. The Vegas Golden Knights have managed to accumulate a league-best of 18 points from the potential 20 since the trade took place, outscoring their opponents by a staggering 41-22 margin since it occurred.
Even though the four assists and four goals Mark Stone has produced in these matches aren’t as jaw-dropping as other players in the NHL. He has completely changed the game in various ways for the Vegas Golden Knights since he arrived.
During the 135 minutes Stone has played, the Vegas Golden Knights are controlling an astonishing 65.9% of unblocked shot attempts, 71.9% of high-danger looks, and 64.8% of shots on goal. The combination of Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty, and Mark Stone takes the pressure off the top line and gives the opposing defence a difficult time.