A few days before the National Hockey League (NHL) amateur draft, we should expect to see GMs get active and move their pawns.
The TVASports.ca team wanted to know how much time the latter allowed to settle after winning the Stanley Cup before proceeding with the first major transaction. This year, it was the Kings who got the ball rolling by getting their hands on Kevin Fiala on Wednesday.
For the purposes of the exercise, it was enough to find the date on which the cup was won, and then evaluate which was the first large transaction of that year.
However, an important factor to consider was the date on which the repechage takes place, as many teams prefer to negotiate on the amateur auction floor.
This year, the Avalanche won top honors on June 26, and since the amateur draft takes place on July 7, that leaves a 12-day gap to fill coaching hires, contract extensions, but above all major transactions. .
On average over the last five years, the draft takes place 12 days after winning the Stanley Cup. Then, according to the intervals to be mentioned below, a great exchange takes place 6 days after the consecration. So stay tuned this Saturday, July 2, because if the trend continues, some dominoes should fall by now.
What has attracted attention in recent years
Last year, the Lightning won in five games against the Canadiens on July 7, 2021.. So the Oilers’ Ken Holland wasted no time trying to fix the defensive shortcomings of his club that had been swept in the first round by acquiring Duncan Keith. It happened on July 12, five days after the conquest.
However, we must put an asterisk to last year, because on July 21 the expansion project of the Kraken Seattle was going to take place. In the same way, the teams had to submit their protection list before July 17.. Thus, in order to comply with said list, the period from July 12 to 17 is full of transactions, especially those of Ryan Graves from the Avalanche to the New Jersey Devils, or Ryan Ellis who goes from the Predators to the Flyers. . The amateur draft was held on July 23, 2021.
In 2020, the Lightning win in the Edmonton bubble in six games against the Stars starting on September 28.. Hoping to make up for lost time, the NHL will host the draft virtually no more than 8 days later, on October 6. This time, no notable transaction occurs between the two dates. In fact, it was Marc Bergevin who knocked down the first domino on auction day by selecting Josh Anderson from the Blue Jackets in exchange for the services of Max Domi and a third-round pick.
On June 12, 2019, the Blues beat the Bruins at home at the TD Garden. It will only be two days before Matt Niskanen takes the road to Philadelphia, while Radko Gudas takes the opposite road to Washington. However, it is really June 17 when a big blow happens. Jeff Gorton gets his hands on coveted right back Jacob Trouba, for whom he trades Neal Pionk and his first-round pick. Thus, on June 21, the Jets set their sights on Ville Heinola in the 20th step.
2018 will be the year that Alex Ovechkin, on June 7, finally won his first (and only to date) Stanley Cup. In Montreal, however, he is the trade for former third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for the fiery Max Domi that fans remember. Some will remember that it all happened on the night of a Friday, June 15, precisely a week before the amateur auction that year.
On June 11, 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins defended their championship title by defeating the Nashville Predators in six. His parade will take place on the 14th, and as everyone gears up for the Golden Knights’ expansion draft, Marc Bergevin (him again) has a little surprise in store for the hockey world. In fact, it was on June 15, 2017, that the Habs acquired Jonathan Drouin in exchange for Mikhail Sergachev, a transaction that still haunts the minds of Montreal fans five years later. The deadline to submit your protection list was June 17 in preparation for the June 21 expansion draft, where all trades made with Vegas will be announced. The amateur draft will be two days later.
The only downside to this analysis is that Marc Bergevin was involved in 60% of these transactions. And with the latter being in Los Angeles, it was obviously the Kings who made the first big move this year…
chopped up : July 07, Transaction : 12th of July, Recruit : July 23th*
chopped up : September 28, Transaction : October 6 Recruit : October 6
chopped up : June 12, Transaction : June 17, Recruit : June 21
chopped up : June 7th, Transaction : June, 15, Recruit : June 22nd
chopped up : June 11, Transaction : June, 15, Recruit : June 23*
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