February 28, 2012
Top 10: Deadline deals that worked out
By Vanessa Gates, QMI Agency
10. Tyler Ennis -- In 2008, the Buffalo Sabres traded defenceman Brian Campbell and a seventh-round pick in the 2008 draft to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in the 2008 draft. That year, Campbell and the Sharks were eliminated in the Western Conference final by the Dallas Stars. Tyler Ennis, selected 26th overall, is just starting his career as an NHLer and had 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points last season.
9. Max Pacioretty -- Two days before the 2007 trade deadline, the Montreal Canadiens made a deal with the San Jose Sharks, acquiring Josh Gorges and a 2007 first-round pick for Craig Rivet and a fifth-round pick. Gorges still plays a big role with the Canadiens as one of their top defencemen. Max Pacioretty was drafted 22nd overall. The 23-year-old is in the early stages of his career but beginning to blossom with 25 goals and 21 assists this season entering the weekend.
8. Mike Cammalleri -- The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Adam Mair and a second-round pick in the 2001 draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenceman Aki Berg. Mike Cammalleri, who was selected 49th overall by the Kings, earned a permanent spot in the NHL during the 2005-06 season, scoring 26 goals. He topped his personal best during the 2008-09 season with the Calgary Flames getting 39 goals (82 points). He was a key player for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2010 playoffs netting 13 goals.
7. Alex Semin -- In 2002, the Washington Capitals traded Adam Oates to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Maxime Ouellet and first-, second- and third-round picks in the 2002 draft. But before the draft, the Capitals made a deal with the Dallas Stars, acquiring the Stars' first-round pick for the Caps' second in 2002 and sixth in 2003. Washington then used the pick to draft Alex Semin. The Great 28 is now considered one of the Capitals' best offensive players along with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
6. Milan Lucic -- In 2006, the Edmonton Oilers sent Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a 2006 second-round pick to the Boston Bruins for forward Sergei Samsonov. The Bruins drafted Milan Lucic 50th overall. The trade worked out to be beneficial to both teams, as Samsonov helped the Oilers secure a playoff spot and get to the Stanley Cup final that year. The Oilers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the final. Lucic also played a role in the Bruins' quest for the Cup last spring. During the 2010-11 playoffs, Lucic -- who had 62 points during the season -- had five goals and seven assists to help the Bruins win the Cup against the Vancouver Canucks.
5. Ryan Miller -- In 1999, the Buffalo Sabres acquired Rhett Warrener from the Florida Panthers, as well as a fifth-round pick for that year's draft, in exchange for defenceman Mike Wilson. Goalie Ryan Miller, who was drafted 138th overall by Buffalo, entered the NHL during the 2005-06 season and won 30 games. In his sophomore year, he earned 40 wins, making him the first Sabres goalie to do so. But Miller's time to shine really came in 2010 when he stood on his head, game after game, during the Winter Olympics. Miller led the U.S. to a silver medal, losing only to Canada in the gold-medal game. He was awarded MVP of the tournament, and earned the Vezina Trophy that same NHL season.
4. Vincent Lecavalier -- The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Vinny Lecavalier first overall in 1998 after obtaining the pick through San Jose via Florida in a complicated trade that took place at 1998 deadline. Lecavalier at the time was considered "the Michael Jordan of hockey." Although he was stripped of the captaincy in 2002 by then Lightning coach John Tortorella, Lecavalier proved his value in 2004, assisting on the game-winning goal as the Bolts won their first Stanley Cup. He also won the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2006-07 for leading the league with 52 goals.
3. Tom Barrasso -- In 1981, the Buffalo Sabres sent forward Rick Martin to Los Angeles for a third-round pick in the draft that year and a first-round pick in 1983. In 1983, netminder Tom Barrasso was drafted by the Sabres fifth overall. Barrasso spent the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he earned the moniker "money goalie." Barrasso won consecutive Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
2. Brad Richards -- The Tampa Bay Lightning traded centre Jason Wiemer for forward Sandy McCarthy as well as third- and fifth-round picks in the 1998 draft. Brad Richards, who was still around after three rounds, was drafted 64th overall. He proved his worth in 2004, playing an integral role in helping the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup. During the playoffs, Richards netted 12 goals, including seven game-winners, and 14 assists. He was also the recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy that year.
1. Phil Housley -- One day before the trade deadline, the Buffalo Sabres dealt defenceman Jerry Korab to the Los Angeles Kings for their first-round pick in the 1982 draft. Phil Housley was selected sixth overall. He spent eight seasons with the Sabres and had more than 60 points each season. He retired in 2003 as the highest-scoring American player in history with 1,232 points, which stood until 2007 when Mike Modano passed him.