The Edmonton Oilers invested a second-round pick in Jeff Petry at the 2006 NHL draft. Petry went on to play for three seasons at Michigan State, where he truly began to show promise as an NHL-caliber defenseman. After grooming him for the better part of four years at the professional level, the team parted ways with him for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick. For a team that struggles mightly at suppressing shots, and working with a market starving for right-handed defensemen, the best they could do was gain a conditional fifth-round pick off their inital investment? Leave it to the Oilers to mess up on a promising talent.
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San Jose Sharks
This team didn't know heading into the draft if it should have been a buyer or a seller. Instead, they made bottom-tier trades to make some sort of noise at the deadline. Their biggest acquisition was Ben Smith out of Chicago, who has been uitlized primarily as a bottom-six player. They also sent away Tyler Kennedy, who wasn't properly deployed this year. The team decided to keep pieces they could have parted with, mainly in goaltender Antti Niemi. What did the deadline show us? That they are still inconclusive as to whether or not they are legitimate contenders. If they plan on making the playoffs, they added no one of signfiicant value; if they plan on rebuilding, they added no young piece or draft picks that could play a serious role in their future.
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The Flames are in a similar sticky situation to the Sharks'. They know they weren't supposed to be in the position they are in at this point in the season, so they don't know whether to go for it all or not. Calgary moved Curtis Glencross and Sven Baertschi for two second-round draft picks and a third-round draft pick, all in the 2015 draft. Baertschi asked to be traded, but if your only move was to send one of your top-six forwards away, bringing in no one in return, what kind of message does that send to your team that's currently sitting in a playoff spot. With the news of Mark Giordano being done for the year after surgery on a torn bicep, morale in Calgary has to be low.
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Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles may have paid a steep price for Andrej Sekera, a conditional first-round pick in this year's draft, plus defenseman prospect Roland McKeown. But Sekera addresses a need for a bonafide contender that's fighting for a playoff spot. The Kings have been hurting with a recent injury to Alec Martinez and crippled from early on in the season with the ongoing Slava Voynov situation. While rumors were swirling over whether or not the Kings would part ways with Justin Williams due to his contract situation, they ultimately chose to stick with the reigning Conn Smythe winner. This is essentially the same team as last year, and maybe Sekera proves to be that crucial addition in the same sense Marian Gaborik proved last season.
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Much like the Sharks and the Flames, the Canucks still aren't fully sold they're contender yet. They are surprising themselves after they failed to make the playoffs last season. But with contributions from new players, like offseason pickup Radim Vrbata and rookie Bo Horvat, and a resurgence of the Sedin twins, Vancouver believes in its team. They took advantage of Sven Baertschi's desire to leave Calgary and picked up depth with small but gritty forward Cory Conacher. There were several pieces that the Canucks could have chosen to move, mainly Zack Kassian and Shawn Matthias, but general manager Jim Benning showed that he doesn't want to sell out on his club. Maybe this is Vancouver's year.
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What an excellent week for general manager Bob Murray and Ducks fans. Added to the team were two forwards in Tomas Fleischmann, who has previous experience with Bruce Boudreau for the Washington Caiptals, and Jiri Sekac, who has showed glimpses of promise already as a Duck. Anaheim knew it had a struggling blue line, so he went out an got himself James Wisniewski, who may have been the best available defenseman available, and Simon Després, a young defenseman with promise. And it really didn't cost too much for the Ducks. Murray stated before the deadline that he doesn't believe in rentals, and all but Fleischmann is signed at least another year.
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It was officially a fire sale in Arizona, who parted ways with Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle. Those are big names, but what did Arizona get in return? More than expected. They came away with a 2015 first-round pick, a 2016 conditional first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, young defenseman John Moore, and great prospects in Anthony Duclair, Maxim Letunov and Klas Dahlbeck. Can you imagine a Duclair and Max Domi line? Just look up any World Junior Championship 2015 Canada highlight, and you'll quickly see what they can do together. Oh, and they got significantly worse, making them get oh so much closer to the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes. The future is very bright in the desert.