The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospect Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg and a second-round pick for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
This is obviously a rough deal for Senators fans to take because they’re watching their team get taken apart piece by piece. Stone was the last piece on the board, with Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel dumped off to Columbus over the last couple days.
Stone was the last man standing, so to speak, and he was one of the trio of benched players. It was always, then, sort of known that he would be traded but it’s still kind of rough to see it finally happen. Maybe some fans were hoping for a zero hour eight-year contract to keep Stone among the Senators.
It didn’t happen. And now it’s believed that the Golden Knights will be able to ink Stone to an eight-year deal, the type of eight-year deal he didn’t want in Ottawa.
Maybe a long sigh is necessary here.
But now, the future.
For the Senators, Brannstrom is the man to watch.
The Swedish defenceman is a puck-mover considered to be among one of the best players not currently skating in the NHL. He’s a quality offensive player. He’s quick, agile and smart with the puck. He’s noted for controlling the puck well on the power play.
Brannstrom’s currently with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL and has 28 points in 41 games. He’s also played internationally with Sweden.
Vegas drafted Brannstrom in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
As far as Lindberg goes, the 27-year-old Swedish centre has 12 points in 35 games this season. He was drafted into the NHL by the Phoenix Coyotes back in 2010, going in the second round.
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