The draft weekend had just wrapped up in the National Hockey League when the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers decided to complete a trade later on Saturday afternoon.
The Oilers confirmed that they have acquired netminder Hayden Hawkey from the Canadiens in return for a fifth round pick at next year's draft. However to the statistics offered by the Edmonton social media team, Hawkey went 24-12-3 with a 2.04 GAA and .919 save percentage as a junior with Providence College Men hockey team in 2017-18.
This is a smaller trade than the one that took place earlier today between the Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes. The two clubs finalized a blockbuster deal which sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and young prospect Adam Fox in return for defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm.
The Habs were also believed to have made a monster trade earlier today as well when it was first reported that they had moved their captain Max Pacioretty to the San Jose Sharks. With many conflicting reports and several NHL insiders arguing over the news, it was then revealed by a Canadiens team executive source that Pacioretty was still with Montreal.
However, the top forward has made a trade of his own, switching agents on draft day. Pacioretty let go of Pat Brisson and took on the services of Allan Walsh, who was then seen sitting in the stands with GM Marc Bergevin for at least 10 minutes discussing something on Saturday afternoon and many thought the two parties had possibly agreed on a trade.
They might have chatted about the possibility of Pacioretty being removed from the trade block and back in the roster for good. Who knows?
It was the second transaction of the day between the Canadiens and the Oilers. During the second day of the draft, the Canadiens traded their 62nd pick, which would have been their fifth pick of the second round, to the Oilers in exchange for the 71st and 133rd picks in the later rounds.
The Oilers didn't want to miss out of young netminder Olivier Rodrigue, whom they picked with the Habs' traded selection. Olivier is the son of Oilers goalie coach Sylvian Rodrigue, which could explain why Edmonton did not want to take the chance to lose him.