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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Minnesota Wild: B

Trades made: Acquired F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, 2017 fourth-round draft pick from Arizona for F Grayson Downing, 2017 first-round draft pick, 2018 second-round draft pick, 2019 conditional draft pick | Traded F Teemu Pulkkinen to Arizona for future considerations

Explaining the grade: Minnesota made one massive trade in hopes of putting themselves over the top of the Chicago Blackhawks come playoff time. The question, of course, is if it was enough.

Hanzal and White have combined for five points in two games, so that’s a good start. Hanzal provides a solid top-six center for Minnesota and gives the team an extremely deep centermen corps, while White is quickly finding a home on the Wild’s third line.

The idea here is that the Wild will just be able to overwhelm opponents with goals. But teams have found ways to push back of late and are finally finding holes in dominant goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

It was a pretty big return package sent to Arizona by Minnesota as well. Downing has 66 points in  109 AHL games, and those are two early-round draft picks the Wild don’t have anymore.

If the Wild get to the Western Conference finals or beyond, this trade may look really great. Otherwise, it’s going to be one heck of a bust.

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