Back in 2010, the Edmonton Oilers traded Riley Nash on the draft floor. The former first round pick was sent away to Carolina for the 46th overall selection in the 2010 entry draft—Martin Marincin.
Here’s the Marincin player card so far this season. He’s a rookie in the NHL progressed nicely and arrived in the window (entry-level deal) we might expect him to based on draft pedigree. He’s played better than we thought, but that isn’t an established level of ability. If Marincin plays the next two seasons at his current level, this will be remembered as an outstanding trade for the Oilers. He’s a player we liked from the start.
RILEY NASH PLAYER CARD
Nash was drafted in 2007, the Oilers couldn’t sign him and they made the trade in 2010. I was not amused at the deal on first blush. Nash spent years at Cornell and of course we followed him closely. Once traded to Carolina, we (I) lost track. Nash arrived in the NHL in 2011-12 (for a cuppa) and then had most of the lockout season as his rookie year. This season? He’s having a nice year by anyone’s standards.
I think the pertinent items are:
- both are on track for solid NHL careers
- both play important positions
- Nash was drafted three years before Marincin and arrived one season before him in the show.
I know it’s too soon to do this, but what the hell? Who won this deal?