Emerson Etem Deal Leaves New York Rangers with Paltry Return for Carl Hagelin

January 8th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

It’s been a quiet season for trades in the NHL, but general managers around the league have upped their game considerably this week. On Friday, the latest in a series of trades was concluded, this one between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

It’s hard to read this trade as anything but a win for the Canucks.

The sixth-round pick is of course not entirely without value; after all, Carl Hagelin was originally a sixth-round pick, and he was the player the Rangers dealt to kick off their Emerson Etem experiment. However, as TSN’s Scott Cullen notes, there’s just a 15 percent chance that any given sixth-round pick will enjoy even a 100-game NHL career. That leaves Nicklas Jensen, who has had his own struggles.

In exchange for those relatively insignificant assets, Vancouver lands a 23-year-old NHL’er who never really got a shot in New York but has solid underlying numbers and a history of scoring at an acceptable clip in the minors and in past NHL seasons.

Making this move particularly odd for the Rangers is that Etem was the return this summer when they shipped ...

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