Breaking Down the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders’ Prospect Swap

November 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders authored a minor trade on Tuesday, with New York sending defensive prospect Andrey Pedan to the Canucks in exchange for a third-round draft pick and ECHLer Alexandre Mallet:

Given the inclusion of the draft pick, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that Pedan is the superior prospect in the trade, but that in itself raises some questions.

Why would the Islanders be willing to accept (primarily) a third-round pick back for a player they selected in the third round in 2011 and have spent the last several years developing? What is it that the Canucks see in Pedan that warrants trading both a prospect and a draft pick for his rights?

Let’s start with the Islanders. In September, we looked at the team’s 10 best prospects; six of them were defencemen. With New York’s primary prospect depth being heavily concentrated on the blue line, the team has at times been willing to part with useful prospects. As an example, Ville Pokka (No. 4 on that list) was dealt to Chicago in exchange for NHLer Nick Leddy about a month after that piece was published.

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