TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reported a trade of former first rounders. The last place Carolina Hurricanes moved their most recent first round selection, Phillipe Paradis, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jiri Tlusty.
The Hurricanes get an NHL ready player who can be inserted in their lineup immediately. Similar to their deals last year for Jussi Jokinen and Eric Cole the team gets a player who has shown flashes of offensive ability but fallen out of favor with their teams. Considering that Tlusty is only three years removed from his 13th overall selection giving up a young prospect like Paradis does not hurt as much.
Held scoreless in his two games with the Leafs, the 21-year-old put up 15 points in 18 games with their AHL affiliate. In 66 games last year in the A, the Czech native averaged a point per game with the Marlies. At his age, his production at the AHL level translates to the ability to hold a regular shift. Partner that with familiarity with coach Paul Maurice and the youngster should make a seamless transition to the Canes
Currently playing on the Shawnigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, the Hurricanes clearly saw Paradis as a project a few years away from the NHL. Drafted with the 27th overall pick this past June, he is a top prospect in their system but expendable with Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter already on the roster. See his full scouting report here.
The move should also show that Carolina thinks they can still contend and thus temporarily alleviating speculation over who they will trade away. With Cam Ward expected back soon the team would still be two defensemen short of last year’s cup contenders.
Bruce “Malkin to Kings” Garrioch reported yesterday Aaron Ward is on the block with the Blue Jackets interested. If this proves correct it would be entirely contrary to the move made today. In response to some rumors, Aaron Portzline stated yesterday GM Scott Howson did not make any calls and is not actively pursuing a deal leading us to believe this is simply a bunk rumor from someone with a reputation to do so. Although the Blue Jackets remain in need of a defender they seem willing to wait out their injuries and see how kids like Kris Russel and Anton Stralman will adapt to added playing time.
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