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Trade Details
DUCKS LAND KESLER IN MEGA DEAL Friday, June 27, 2014
The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Ryan Kesler and a third-round draft pick in 2015 from the Vancouver Canucks for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, a first-round draft pick in 2014 and a third-round draft pick in 2014.
What does it give the Anaheim Ducks?
In Kesler, the Ducks finally land the coveted No. 2 center to play behind Ryan Getzlaf and attempt to rival the Los Angeles Kings' center depth. Kesler's two-way prowess should work well in Anaheim. He should be a featured performer on special teams, as well. The Ducks also received a third rounder back in this deal, which helps off-set the four assets surrendered in this deal. Anaheim had two first rounders in this year's draft, so they did well to keep the higher pick.
What does it give the Vancouver Canucks?
Bonino should slide immediately into Kesler's old second-line center role in Vancouver. He is young but also owns fairly substantial NHL experience, which is what the Canucks were seeking if they were to move Kesler. Sbisa is a solid defenseman who has battled injury in recent years. His arrival could push another Canuck out the door--namely veteran defenseman Jason Garrison. Adding a second first-round pick in this year's draft was also huge for Vancouver.
Fantasy Impact
Kesler's fantasy value won't change much because he played a ton in Vancouver in all situations, and will continue to do so in Anaheim. Sbisa could see more ice time in Vancouver and now owns a bit more fantasy value. Bonino could see more responsibilities in Vancouver, but also more scrutiny. His status is largely unchanged, too.
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Ryan Kesler
third-round draft pick in 2015
Nick Bonino
Luca Sbisa
first-round draft pick in 2014
third-round draft pick in 2014