Analysis

NHL Trade Deadline: Chicago Blackhawks Among Central Division Winners

By Colin Likas
Dec 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (47) defends against St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (47) defends against St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dallas Stars: C

Trades made: Traded F Patrick Eaves to Anaheim for 2017 conditional second-round draft pick | Traded D Jordie Benn to Montreal for D Greg Pateryn, 2017 fourth-round draft pick | Traded D Johnny Oduya to Chicago for F Mark McNeill, 2018 conditional fourth-round draft pick | Traded F Lauri Korpikoski to Columbus for D Dillon Heatherington

Explaining the grade: GM Jim Nill did something other GMs have had trouble with: realizing he needed to sell. Dallas has some pieces to be a quality team, but it’s also missing key pieces, too.

So Nill went for draft picks, which is always good. Two of the guys he got back currently project as just that, though — guys. Blackhawks fans know McNeill struggled to crack the NHL, and Pateryn is entirely uninspiring on the back end.

Heatherington could be the key piece from this deadline for Dallas, but it seems strange that Columbus would so easily part with a two-time World Juniors gold medalist for Korpikoski, another “guy.”

The future will really tell for Dallas in regard to what happened at this year’s deadline. In theory, the Stars should be able to use their conditional second-round pick on a goaltender in the upcoming draft. It would serve them very well.

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