Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 10:53am


The Philadelphia Flyers acquired center Nate Thompson from the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021.

What does it give the Philadelphia Flyers
In Thompson, the Flyers get a gritty fourth-line center who can add experience, leadership and penalty-killing prowess for their playoff push. With Nolan Patrick's status uncertain, and Philadelphia relying on rookies Connor Bunnaman and Morgan Frost (among others) to fill a hole at center this season, Thompson's acquisition makes a lot of sense.

What does it give the Montreal Canadiens
By recently trading Ilya Kovalchuk and now Thompson, the Canadiens are essentially throwing in the towel on the 2019-20 campaign. Thompson was a serviceable fourth-line center for Montreal but the team now needs to give youngsters Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Ryan Poehling more NHL opportunities. The fifth in '21 seems like a bonus here.

Fantasy impact
Thompson has very little fantasy value, so nothing changes after the move from Montreal and Philadelphia.

Player focus

Montreal Canadiens

a fifth-round draft pick in 2021

Philadelphia Flyers

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