Alright I am still not over the Penguins trading their 15th overall pick in a package to get a guy they drafted 22nd overall 6 years ago, sorry its just mind boggling to me that a team with next to no high caliber prospects can just keep trading away first round picks. I am guessing they save a whole bunch of money in scouting, since they don’t need to worry about drafting in the first and second rounder. Looking a head to a weekend in the woods, I figured I would take a look back and see who was pick 15th overall in the last few drafts.
Im just going to breifly go over this draft years upcoming draft since I talked about it yesterday.
The Maple Leafs can use the picks the Penguins gave them to get that elite defensemen they need, or trade it away for one. The draftsite.com 2020 NHL mock draft has Toronto picking Kaiden Guhle 15th overall, a 6’2′ left handed defensemen playing for the Prince Albert Raiders.
The 2019 NHL draft saw Wisconsin born Cole Caufield getting selected 15th overall by the Montreal Canadians. He played for the US National Development Team and now plays for the University of Wisconsin, so back home in his own state. He did win gold at the 2017 U17 tournament, and also has a silver and bronze medal. Hes going to be solid in Montreal’s young core.
These newer drafts are hard to break down since most players have not made it into the show. In the 2018 NHL Draft the Florida Panthers selected Grigori Denisenko 15th overall. He’s a big left winger, almost 6 feet tall. Hes spent most of his time playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL and their VHL and MHL teams. The Panthers signed him to his ELC last month, so he will most likely be jumping over into the AHL when their season starts.
In the 2017 NHL Draft the Vegas Golden Knights selected Erik Brännström 15th overall. Hes a unit of a left handed defensemen, but he is no longer in the Vegas system. He was sent to Ottawa in a trade that got Vegas Mark Stone and Tobias Lindberg. He played 31 games for the Senators last year, and went scoreless. He did play 27 games for Belleville in the AHL and he put up 23 points in 27 games. It takes defensmen a while to get going.
In the 2016 NHL Draft the Minnesota Wild selected center Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick. He has been solid for the Wild, putting up 52 points in 131 games, and 2 goals in 4 play off games. He has won three gold medals representing USA, and had a great career on the US National Development Team and University of Wisconsin.
This is the one I have been waiting for, the cream of the crop, the creme de la creme. In 2015 the Penguins traded Rob Klinkhammer and their 2015 first overall pick for David Perron in a trade with the Oilers. The Oilers then traded that pick to the Islanders for Griffin Reinhart for the 2015 first rounder pick and also a 33rd overall pick. So basically almost two first round picks. Matthew Barzal was picked 15th overall and has been a shot of energy into the Islanders. Not including this years post season, he has 207 points in 234 games for the Islanders, with 7 points in 8 playoff games for the Islanders.
I could go on to break down Penguins mismanaging of assets, but they did win two Stanley Cups in the time of these picks. I just think that some of these trades may or may not have helped them get there. Could you imagine if the Penguins had Matt Barzal and Luke Kunin? They would be insane. I don’t think they would have been able to keep Barzal. Hes making almost $4 million a season and is set to be and RFA this year, expecting a big raise.
Don’t trade your first round picks for David Perron.