Two last second trades at the draft!


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We have atrade at the draft and once again it's a scenario in which one team wanted to jump up a few spots and guarantee a player that they perceived as a player who had fallen too far in the draft.

The Pittsburgh Penguins decided to move up a few spots by trading the 64th and 146th overall picks to the Avalanche for the 58th overall pick in the 2018. With that 58th overall selection, the Pens went on to choose centre Filip Hallander. 

According to the information provided by SB Nation, "Hallander has all the skills you want in a forward; great forechecker, works hard in high danger areas, fights for the slot, quick mitts, a good release, solid vision, and does it all with pace. He doesn’t have great acceleration, but his top speed is very good.

Hallander uses these well-rounded skills to open up lanes for his teammates. He’s very good at distributing the puck with forecheckers in his face — further emphasizing the relentless pace he plays with. He has quite a bit of Patric Hornqvist on him; he’s not afraid to park himself right in front of the goalie and take a few facewashes just to secure that extra whack at the puck in case it’s loose (or, if you watch his highlight reel below — not afraid to literally crash into the goalie)."

Then, a few minutes later, the Montreal Canadiens traded their 62nd pick, which would have been their fifth pick of the second round, to the Edmonton 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. 

As reported by the Montreal Gazette, which has seen him as a potential pick for the Habs, "while European goaltenders have attracted the most attention in recent years, TSN scout Craig Button describes Rodrigue as “the best goalie in the draft. He’s smart, calm and poised. He reads the play exceptionally well and with that comes economy of effort. He has very good lateral quickness. He has excellent positioning and holds it; he doesn’t play a guessing game. He competes and will abandon technique when necessary to make the save.” The Chicoutimi native isn’t particularly big in his stance. But Button says he plays big in his stance. Canada lost in the quarterfinals of the world under-18 championships, but Rodrique was outstanding in the tournament. He played three games and had a 1.33 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage."