Peter Chiarelli spent much of last summer dealing off young assets. Draft picks mostly, but also youngsters like Martin Marincin, Travis Ewanyk and Liam Coughlin. I will be straight with you—only one of those prospects had perceived trade value in this blog’s opinion. Trades are made for all kinds of reasons, including opening up room on the 50-man list.
The point of this blog is to have rational discussions and to enter into each season’s challenges fully aware of things. This blog did not value Liam Coughlin, but the Chicago Blackhawks did value him. What did we miss?
Here is the entire prospect list and (my) perceived trade value for each man. A reminder, a prospect is a prospect here at Lowetide until they play NHL game No. 51. I have not included names like Drake Caggiula, Jere Sallinen, Nick Ellis or Patrick Russell, as the prospects signed this spring are extremely unlikely to be dealt.
PROSPECTS AND TRADE VALUE
- C Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (45, 16-32-48). Infinity—and beyond!
- D Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oilers (29, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (30, 2-8-10). Cost No. 16 and No. 33 a year ago, and he did not have a great year. That said, defensemen who are former high draft picks (somewhat) hold their value, I will say a second-round pick.
- D Ziyat Paigin, Kazan Ak Bars and Sochi HC (45, 9-19-28). He would be a valuable trade piece, but he has had only one big year in the KHL. I expect he would be worth more than Martin Marincin a year ago, so will guess the value at similar to Eric Gelinas at the trade deadline (third-round selection).
- F Jujhar Khaira, Edmonton Oilers (15, 0-2-2) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 10-17-27). A very encouraging season from the big forward (he is 6.03, 214), very impressive in both cities. Khaira has good speed, meaning he is somewhat unique. New Jersey dealt Stefan Matteau at the deadline for Devante Smith-Pelly or third-round pick, is that a reasonable value comparable?
- R Anton Slepyshev, Edmonton Oilers (11, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 13-8-21). He had a nice run in training camp and early in the regular season, but struggled and then was injured in his AHL time. Recovered later in the minor league season (finished up 18, 6-5-11). He can play and has an NHL frame. Will guess third-round pick.
- D Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (69, 19-46-65). Delivered a terrific season offensively, reports have him improving defensively. He was a fifth-round pick, and the spike has been one season, will suggest third-round value.
- D Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks (72, 10-45-55). Speed and size are his calling card, and if this offense is real Jones could be an absolute steal. Better skater than Bear, less creativity with the puck and less defensive acumen. Third-round pick.
- D Jordan Oesterle, Edmonton Oilers (17, 0-5-5) and Bakersfield Condors (44, 4-21-25). Helluva find by Bob Green. He impressed the hell out of me with his speed in year one, and with his speed and progress in year two. Oesterle has some NHL games under his belt now, I will say fourth-round pick.
- G Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton Oilers (5, 3.61 .873) and Bakersfield Condors (31, 2.66 .920). Had another strong AHL season and his first NHL game was outstanding. Faded afterward in his audition, may require another AHL season. Goalies are at an historic low in value (Slats could not get a first for Talbot last season), I will suggest a fourth-round pick.
- D Adam Clendening, Edmonton Oilers (20, 1-5-6). RHD picked up on waivers is an RFA. He might have some value in a depth role. Fifth-round pick.
- D Dillon Simpson, Bakersfield Condors (57, 4-16-20). Ended the season with a decent offensive run—18, 2-6-8. His coach said he was the Condors most consistent defender over the season. He is building toward something but it isn’t here yet, fifth-round pick.
- D William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst (27, 2-5-7). Mobile defender impressed at the world juniors, and looks like his defensive skills are the greatest part of his game. I will guess fifth-round pick.
- D David Musil, Bakersfield Condors (67, 3-11-14). Big man is an impressive shutdown defender at the AHL level. Less NHL experience than Marincin, will guess a fifth-round pick.
- D John Marino, Tri-City Storm (56, 5-25-30) A smooth skater with a range of skills, we are miles away from knowing him as a player. All of the indicators look good, plenty of good arrows. Sixth-round pick.
- C Bogdan Yakimov, Bakersfield Condors (36, 5-10-15) and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (11, 3-1-4). A giant (6.05, 232) center, he would seem to be a useful player when he develops, but the offense didn’t spike in year two and speed is a concern (both items separating him from the other Russian prospect). Plus, maybe he goes home again. I will guess sixth-round pick.
- C Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) (57, 15-12-27). Still listed on the team site, he might have some value. Seventh-round pick.
- L Kale Kessy, Bakersfield Condors (56, 7-5-12). RFA has skills duplicated by others and is coming off a subpar season. He has size and some speed. No trade value based on season.
- C Kyle Platzer, Bakersfield Condors (48, 6-11-17). I think it is difficult to peg him after this season. He has shown well in many ways, but the boxcars are shy and there isn’t any buzz at all about him. NTV, but promising.
- L Mitch Moroz, Bakersfield Condors (40, 5-5-10). Big winger with size, very aggressive. Bigger and better than Coughlin, but as with Coughlin, I cannot suggest a value.
- D Joey Laleggia, Bakersfield Condors (63, 8-19-27). Posted the best offensive numbers among Condors rookies this season, but is miles from famous. No trade value—yet.
- R Tyler Pitlick, Bakersfield Condors (37, 7-14-21). I will be the last to give up on him, but his value cannot be high at this time (RFA, could be gone for nothing).
- R Greg Chase, Bakersfield Condors (19, 1-6-7) and Norfolk Admirals (43, 18-19-37). He saw more ECHL than AHL, we will see if it was to his benefit in the next 12 months. He has a unique skill set, but needs to build value with an AHL season.
- D Ben Betker, Bakersfield Condors (14, 0-2-2) and Norfolk Admirals (49, 3-14-17). Like Chase, he is working on a building.
- G Eetu Laurikainen, Bakersfield Condors (18, 3.42 .907). As mention when discussing Brossoit, goalies do not have tremendous trade value in this era.
- L Braden Christoffer, Bakersfield Condors (33, 1-4-5). Ragged pro debut, working on resume.
- L Josh Winquist, Bakersfield Condors (35, 8-22-30). Oilers do not own his rights, he is a free agent, so they hold no trade value.
- C Marco Roy, Bakersfield Condors (42, 8-12-20). A strong half-season of two-way play, but he has no NHL contract. No trade value.
- F Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha (35, 6-12-18). He is a better player now (and then) than Liam Coughlin a year ago, but not as big.
- C Alexis Loiseau, Bakersfield Condors (12, 1-2-3) and Norfolk Admirals (54, 14-26-40). Not signed to an NHL deal, no trade value.
- G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan (11, 2.99 .893). He has struggled since his draft day and I wonder if he gets signed at the end of his college career. No trade value.
- G Miroslav Svoboda, HC Sumperk (21, 3.05 .924). Broken record on goalies, he is building a resume.
- L Evan Campbell, U Mass-Lowell (28, 5-7-12). He is older than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, question if he signs.
- L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (35, 2-6-8). Not a lot to recommend him, still time to show something in college.