Thirteen current Canadian NHLers traded in final two days of 2019 NHL Trade Deadline

Mark Stone (Hugh Lee, Wikimedia Commons)

A total of 13 Canadians currently in the National Hockey League were traded over the last 48 hours prior to the NHL trade deadline on Monday afternoon. The most notable Canadians were Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Wayne Simmonds of Scarborough, Ontario.

Stone was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Vegas Golden Knights with Tobias Lindberg for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom and a second round draft pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Stone led the Senators this season in goals (28), assists (34), points (62), plus/minus (+13), and power play points (17). He also co-led the Senators in game winning goals with four, as he was tied with Ryan Dzingel.

Simmonds was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Simmonds might be having a bit of a down year offensively (only 27 points in 60 games), but his 90 penalty minutes and 113 hits, still makes him one of the NHL’s top power forwards.

Derrick Brassard of Hull, Quebec is playing for his third NHL team this season. After starting the year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brassard was traded to the Florida Panthers on February 1. Brassard was then traded by the Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche with a conditional sixth round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft for a third round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Brassard has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 50 games. On Monday, Brassard scored his first goal for the Avalanche in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.

A pair of Canadians were traded directly for one another as Jordan Weal of Vancouver, British Columbia was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens for Michael Chaput of Ile Bizard, Quebec. Weal had four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 47 games this season with the Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers, while Chaput had five assists in 32 games with the Canadiens.

Two other Canadians were also traded directly for each other as Erik Gudbranson of Ottawa, Ontario was traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Tanner Pearson of Kitchener, Ontario. Gudbranson had two goals and six assists for eight points in 57 games with the Canucks and Pearson had nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 61 games with the Los Angeles Kings and Penguins.

Three stay-at-home veteran Canadian defensemen were also traded on Monday. The New York Rangers traded Adam McQuaid of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Julius Bergman, and a fourth and seventh round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The Anaheim Ducks traded Michael Del Zotto of Stouffville, Ontario to the St. Louis Blues for a sixth round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Also, the Buffalo Sabres traded Nathan Beaulieu of Strathroy, Ontario to the Winnipeg Jets for a sixth round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. McQuaid had two goals and three assists for five points in 36 games with the Rangers, Del Zotto had one goal and six assists for seven points in 35 games with the Canucks and Ducks, and Beaulieu had three goals and four assists for seven points in 30 games with the Sabres.

A defenseman with a little bit more upside, Brandon Montour of Brantford, Ontario, was traded from the Ducks to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Brendan Guhle. Montour has five goals and 20 assists for 25 points with the Ducks this season.

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets traded left winger Nicolas Petan of Delta, British Columbia to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Petan had two assists in 13 games for the Jets this season. Finally, the Penguins traded forward Jean-Sebastien Dea of Laval, Quebec to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Chris Wideman. Dea had four goals and two assists for six points in 23 games with the Penguins and New Jersey Devils.


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