Unfortunately for me, I am stuck working overnights at my oh so wonderful day job, so I was sleeping when the trade with Anaheim for Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a pick was announced, which is why I am thankful Myles was here to get a piece up.
But I have spent the majority of the day thinking about the deal and I opted to break it down on how I see it working out for us.
Francois Beauchemin is a very solid defensemen, he’s proved that throughout his career, and though his time in Toronto wasn’t as good as many hyped it to be, he wasn’t a bad fit here. Many expected to much out of him so when he played his game, many people wanted more. When a player tries to play outside of their abilities, we see slumps, and mental errors. Beauchemin at times, tried playing outside of his skill level because of it, made some costly mistakes. That is when people started calling for a trade.
Today, they got their wish. Francois Beauchemin was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defensive prospect and current Wisconsin standout, Jake Gardiner, along with a conditional 4th round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft.
The 4th round pick in 2013 is irrelevant right now and will be until the 2013 draft so talking about that right now seems like a waste of time.
Joffrey Lupul, who is signed on for two more years after this season, at a higher contract rate then our friend Beauchemin, hence why Jake Gardiner was apart of the deal.
Lupul is an offensive player who is not only a solid two way player but is also a physical winger. His ability to play either win will really help the Leafs, as versatility is key in this league. He’s a forward who can be counted on for twenty goals and close to fifty points a season, which is something the Leafs could use at this point, a little more offensive.
A guy who can play with grit and physicality and has the ability to create space for his linemates, something else that the Leafs have been lacking this season. He’s a pest in front of the net as well, so I would almost guarantee he’d be sitting in front of the net on the powerplay.
Jake Gardiner, a former first round pick, is a projected top four defensemen currently playing with the Wisconsin Badgers of the WCHA.
He’s an offensive defensemen and plays the game with a level head. He’s a unbelievable skater who possesses a slick set of hands and a great hockey mind. He thinks the game well and has good vision on the ice. He’s making a name for himself in college hockey as one of the top defenders on the level.
He adds to an already solid group of Leafs defensive prospects. Joining the likes of Keith Aulie, Carl Gunnarsson, Jesse Blacker, and Korbinian Holzer.
The Leafs gain the best asset in the deal, which I feel will eventually be Jake Gardiner. They gain an offensive player in Lupul while dealing from an area of depth, the defense.
With the trade deadline inching ever so close, I expect to see a handful more deals form in the next two weeks or so. It will surely be fun to keep track of. Let the speculations begin.