Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 10:35pm


The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Andrew Nielsen from the Toronto Maple Leafs for winger Morgan Klimchuk.

What does it give the Calgary Flames
In Nielsen, the Flames get a 22-year-old blueliner who has seemingly been on the cusp of a recall for some time now. And yet, he still awaits his first taste of the NHL. The 6-3, 210 pounder from Red Deer, Alberta might get a better shot at cracking Calgary's lineup at some point (perhaps even in 2018-19), as the Flames' organization is a bit thin at left defense.

What does it give the Toronto Maple Leafs
Klimchuk, 23, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by the Flames in 2013 but has just one NHL game under his belt (which came last season). He will provide organizational depth and more scoring for the AHL's Toronto Marlies. However, his chances of cracking Toronto's loaded roster is remote (especially since they have better winger prospects on the Marlies).

Fantasy impact
This deal could be good for Nielsen, although his fantasy upside is somewhat limited. Klimchuk may have even more trouble cracking the Maple Leafs' lineup eventually, so this deal is likely a net loss for his fantasy future.

Player focus

Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Klimchuk LW

Calgary Flames

Andrew Nielsen D