Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Former NCAA Players Dealt at NHL Deadline

The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and once again a number of former NCAA players changed professional addresses over the past week.

The biggest coup was probably defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) going from the St. Louis Blues to the league-leading Washington Capitals, along with Brad Malone (North Dakota).  Also regarding blueliners, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (Wisconsin) was dealt to the New York Rangers, while the Rangers’ Mathew Bodie (Union) was sent to the Buffalo Sabres. Greg Pateryn (Michigan) was dispatched from the Montreal Canadiens to the Dallas Stars, while Ron Hainsey (UMass Lowell) joined the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes. The rights to Philip Samuelsson (Boston College) are headed to Carolina from Montreal, while those of Steven Oleksy (Lake Superior State) went from Pittsburgh to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michael Kostka (Massachusetts) is headed from the Ottawa Senators to the Calgary Flames.

Among forwards updating their zip codes, Thomas Vanek (Minnesota) went to the Florida Panthers from the Detroit Red Wings. Brian Boyle (Boston College) left the Tampa Bay Lightning for Toronto, while Viktor Stalberg (Vermont) left Carolina for Ottawa.  Going to St. Louis as part of the Shattenkirk deal was Washington forward Zach Sanford (Boston College), while Patrick Eaves (Boston College) was shipped to the Anaheim Ducks by Dallas. Minnesota Wild forward Grayson Downing (New Hampshire) is now property of the Arizona Coyotes, and Danny Kristo (North Dakota) went from to Carolina to Pittsburgh in the Hainsey trade. Drew Stafford (North Dakota), formerly a member of the Winnipeg Jets, will now suit up for the Boston Bruins, and Spencer Abbott (Maine) of the Chicago Blackhawks saw himself dealt to Anaheim. Justin Fontaine (Minnesota-Duluth) is off to the Edmonton Oilers from the Rangers. Joe Whitney (Boston College) was sent from the Colorado Avalanche to Arizona.

Concerning goaltenders, Ben Bishop (Maine) went from Tampa Bay to the Los Angeles Kings, while Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) went from St. Louis to Washington in the Shattenkirk transaction. Adam Wilcox (Minnesota) was shipped from Tampa Bay to the Florida Panthers, in exchange for fellow netminder Mike McKenna (St. Lawrence), while Joe Cannata (Merrimack) joined Colorado from Washington.

A full list of trades can be found here. The 2016-17 NHL regular season will conclude on Sunday, April 9.

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