by PuckStopsHere on 03/16/12 at 03:43 PM ET
The NHL trade deadline occurred on the 27th of February. That is barely half a month ago. It was a day that was remarkable for the lack of big deals. I thought the biggest deal of the deadline period was the Jeff Carter deal. It is too early to make any final decisions about the deadline deals but some early returns are in. The most successful player who was dealt so far has been Jamie McGinn who moved from San Jose to Colorado.
McGinn was traded along with prospects Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa for Daniel Winnik, TJ Galiardi and a seventh round draft pick. This deal was seen as a trade of futures and depth players and was not likely to make a significant impact this season. Of the NHL players involved in the deal, Daniel Winnik was the highest scorer last year with 25 points. While the NHL players involved are young and have not likely hit their peaks, none are expected to be high impact stars.
So far in March, Jamie McGinn is the second highest goal scorer in the NHL. He has seven goals in his nine games so far this month. He has a career best 19 goals on the season so far and nearly half have come in the couple weeks since the trade.
McGinn is a 23 year old who has been a second round draft pick. He has potential but since he hasn’t scored at point per game rate since his junior days, it is unlikely he will develop into a top NHL scorer.
It is a bit of a simplification to suggest that this deal is the reason that Colorado now holds the final playoff spot in the West Conference and San Jose is in ninth place just outside the playoffs, however this is a reason. San Jose has fallen flat since the deal and Colorado has passed them in the standings.
In the early trade deadline returns, Colorado is looking good and San Jose is looking bad. Jamie McGinn has been one of the hottest players in the league since the deal. He has helped Colorado to succeed and San Jose has struggled without him. Given that he is not an established star player and nothing in his background suggests that he has that level of ability; it is likely this is an unsustainable hot streak. However if this hot streak puts Colorado in the playoffs and knocks San Jose out of them it has a significant impact.
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