Anthony DeAngelo was drafted 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Draft. Despite winning the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defensemen in 2015, as well as having top-2 potential, DeAngelo has played for 3 organizations so far in his career. He's only 22 years old. What happened to the youngster? Well, I dug in and found out.
Safe to say, the trades worked out for all 3 teams.
The Trade: On June 25th, 2016, The Tampa Bay Lightning traded D Anthony DeAngelo to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2016 2nd.
So you’re telling me that one of the best defensive prospects in the entire league was traded away after 1 year in the organization, and they only got a 2nd round pick of him? Is Yzerman crazy?
No, he’s genius
DeAngelo was a head-case during his time with both Sarnia and Syracuse. While in Sarnia, he was suspended 8 games for "a most inappropriate statement to a teammate." And while he was an offensive phenom with Syracuse when he was playing (6 goals, 37 assists in 69 games), his defense was absolutely atrocious. DeAngelo was a minus-18, which was tied for 23rd worst in the entire AHL (Adam Erne, a forward, had the same +/-, but look where he is now). DeAngelo was also an undisciplined player (84 penalty minutes), and a person with major attitude issues (8 healthy scratches).
After arriving in Arizona, DeAngelo would perform admirably in his time with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL (25 games, 3 G, 13 A, 16 P) before being called up to the Coyotes. He would show potential in his brief stint, recording 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points in 39 games. Once again, however, the trend of attitude problems continued. He was suspended by the NHL for physical abuse of an official. This, along with the Coyotes' winning mentality, caused Deangelo and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft to be sent to the New York Rangers in exchange for Antti Raanta and Derek Stepan.
Here are their stats so far this season:
DeAngelo (NYR): 13 points [2 goals, 11 assists] in 29 games in the AHL, 8 assists in 32 games with NY
2017 1st (NYR): Turned into Lias Andersson. 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in 22 games with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League. 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in 20 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL. He also did this during the World Juniors:
Raanta (ARI): 15-15-6 with a .924 save % and a 2.43 GAA in 39 games (38 starts)
Stepan (ARI): 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 points in 69 games
End of DeAngelo
With that pick that the Lightning acquired in the original trade, they selected D Libor Hajek from the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. Hajek was great for the Blades in the next season, scoring 26 points (4 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games. He got in a brief stint with the Crunch once his season finished, recording his first professional goal and having a +/- of 4 in the 8 games with Syracuse.
In an interesting turn of events, the Rangers were looking to rebuild this season. During this extremely successful season, the Lightning were looking to buy at the trade deadline. Hence, we have a trade:
* - 2nd becomes a 1st if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in the next 2 years
Here are the results so far:
Namestnikov (NYR): 2 goals and 1 assists for 3 points in 8 games
Howden (NYR): 24 goals and 45 assists for 69 points in 47 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL
Hajek (NYR): 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points in 57 games between the Saskatoon Blades and the Regina Pats for the WHL
McDonagh (TB): 1 goal in 2 games
Miller (TB): 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 7 games
End of Trade
To NYR: Anthony DeAngelo, Lias Andersson, Vladislav Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, 2018 1st, Conditional 2019 2nd
To Ari: Derek Stepan, Antii Raanta
Rangers Fans, let’s talk: You probably win the trade tree. Brett Howden is fantastic, and had a good shot of competing for a spot on the Lightning next year. Libor Hajek, who is having a down year, is an incredibly promising defenseman who may crack the Rangers organization in a couple of years. Namestnikov is a good player, but his contract is going to be tricky, as he’s an RFA his year and is looking to get paid, though most of his points came with Kucherov and Stamkos. The one (or two) first round pick(s), though they will be late round picks, could give you a superstar. Anthony DeAngelo and Lias Andersson, though both not without character issues, have tremendous upside for the rebuild.
As for Coyotes fans, I’m sorry. It’s been a tough year, but Rasmus Dahlin looks really, really good. Also, the pieces you acquired have been really good, it’s just been the rest of the team that has had a rough go.
The Stanley Cup is hard to win. However, if the Bolts do it once or twice in the next 2 years, this trade looks really good for all sides.