So not only was the NHL deadline yesterday, it was also the deadline for my keeper hockey pool. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=kris+russell&iid=7609910″ src=”d/5/1/b/Columbus_Blue_Jackets_698e.jpg?adImageId=10974396&imageId=7609910″ width=”234″ height=”272″ /]
I had expected a lot of movement, but there were actually only two deals*. I was a part of one of them.
I traded a fourth round draft pick in 2011 for Kris Russell and Carlo Colaiacovo.
Not a blockbuster deal, but one that needed to be done regardless. Because of me trading Duncan Keith last week, I only had three defencemen I wanted to keep: Ryan Suter, Kyle Quincey and Joni Pitkanen. I plan on dropping Rob Blake and Mathieu Schneider.
So I wanted one more defenceman, and I got that in Russell. Now, most people may not realize who Russell is, and like me, they would probably need to look him up before trading for him.
And I liked what I found out. Russell plays for the Blue Jackets (I knew that part), and is a pretty young defenceman with a lot of potential upside. He won the CHL defenceman of the year, and won the WHL defenceman of the year in back to back years. He also won two gold medals with the the world junior championships.
This year, he’s on pace for 27 points. Sure, that doesn’t sound like a lot, but for a third-year player, it’s pretty respectable. Plus, he’s only 21, so I’m hoping he continues to improve each year like he has done so far, and in a few years, be good for 35 to 40 points or so, which is all I want out of my defencemen. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Carlo+Colaiacovo&iid=6854366″ src=”b/2/2/6/St_Louis_Blues_41cd.jpg?adImageId=10974411&imageId=6854366″ width=”234″ height=”164″ /]
And according to HockeysFuture.com, they think he could be a #2 defenceman, so that’s a good thing.
As for the other player in the deal, Colaiacovo, I don’t plan on keeping him. We can only keep 15 players plus two rookies, and Colaiacovo doesn’t make my cut. Maybe I can trade him at some point for a draft pick. If not, it’s okay.
I’m happy with the trade. I picked up a young defenceman and a spare part for only a fourth rounder next year.