In the final installment of my trade deadline series, I will look at 15 teams with legit prospects who might be available at the deadline—specifically, their prospects lists outside North American pro (CHL, College, Euro pro and amateur).
The AHL looks are here:
The NHL look is here:
Part one of the hinterlands is here
JUNIOR, COLLEGE AND EUROPE (TEAMS 16-30)
- Montreal Canadiens: C Jake Evans. An undersized skill forward with slick moves, he is at a point-per-game for Notre Dame (NCAA). C Lukas Vejdemo is a solid two-way forward (6.02, 194) who is delivering well (15 points in 46 games) in his first full SHL season.
- Nashville Predators: L Jimmy Vesey. Fantastic two-way prospect with some scary boxcars (26, 20-18-38 with Harvard) in his senior college season. Unlikely Nashville trades him, but then again they also have to sign him. D Jack Dougherty came from US college to the WHL with the reputation of being a good passer and sound defensively. The numbers (56, 9-37-46) have impressed—similar to Caleb Jones in the WHL—and he may be a more complete player.
- New Jersey Devils: C Blake Speers. Slightly undersized center with a range of skills, has not posted big offensive numbers in his Draft+1 season (56, 16-39-55) in the OHL. D Steve Santini. A big, strong defender who has some offense, stepping up in that area this season (32, 1-15-16 in the NCAA).
- New York Islanders: G Ilya Sorokin has a .954SP in 30 KHL games. Incredible. R Josh Ho Sang. One dimensional scorer who brings a lot of differing opinions. His explosiveness would be a very attractive item for the Oilers.
- New York Rangers: L Pavel Buchnevich. He is 59gp, 16-22-38 in the KHL, and has NHL speed and a great shot. He is 6.02, 176. C Boo Nieves. A big center with skill, the offense in college (25, 6-15-21) has not been phenomenal, but he is a strong, rugged player and that will appeal to the Oilers.
- Ottawa Senators: D Andreas Englund. Big (6.03, 200) prospect with mobility and good passing ability, a lot of his value is going to be defensive. C Filip Chlapik. Two-way center whose offense (43 points in 43 games in the Q) probably means a 3C—still, he is a nice prospect.
- Philadelphia Flyers: G Felix Sandstrom. A quality prospect, boasts a .910SP in the SHL. C Nicolas Aube-Kubel. A two-way center, he’s aggressive and is a good skater—plus he has 75 points in 50 QMJHL games in his Draft+1 season.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: C Teddy Blueger. A nifty centerman with crazy skill, he also has two-way ability so could make it to the NHL in more than one way.
- San Jose Sharks: D Jeremy Roy. Intelligent two-way defender (a righty) who has been good-not-great in his Draft+1 season. L Adam Helewka. WHL overager I have heard a few good things about, skilled but has other elements to his game.
- St. Louis Blues: G Ville Husso. His consistent play in the SM-Liiga is captivating: .923, .915 and .920 respectively as a starter in the past three seasons.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: C Brayden Point. An impressive offensive player with a range of skills (good in the dot). Just 5.10, 170. L Dennis Yan. A scoring winger with size (6.02, 184) having a solid year in the Q (51, 29-33-62).
- Toronto Maple Leafs: C Dmytro Timashov. I liked him so much in his draft year I wrote about him. Fabulous Draft+1 season. D Andrew Nielson. A big two-way defender has spiked offensively this season in the WHL.
- Vancouver Canucks: G Thatcher Demko. Outstanding prospect posting a .938 SP currently for Boston College (NCAA).
- Washington Capitals: D Jonas Siegenthaler. A smooth skating defender, good size, makes the simple play and can pass the puck.
- Winnipeg Jets: D Jack Glover. Big two-way defender (righty) has not developed as hoped since draft day, but he can skate and has skill. R Michael Spacek. Skilled, hard-working winger from Czech found his way to the Red Deer Rebels and has enjoyed a good Draft+1 season (49, 15-30-45).