By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jonathan Kozub
Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets had one of the busiest Trade Deadline days of all NHL clubs.
Combining to make a total of six moves, Chevy and the Front Office staff of the Jets have made it clear that they are going all in for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In fact, Cheveldayoff's six moves at the 2019 deadline is more total trades than the Jets' General Manager has made in all of the previous Jets 2.0 trade deadlines.
Many of Winnipeg's moves proved necessary, just to stay competitive with the ever-changing landscape within the NHL's highly competitive Western Conference. San Jose acquired Gustav Nyquist, Nashville added Wayne Simmonds, while Vegas picked up and signed Winnipeg product Mark Stone to a massive eight-year sign and trade deal.
The day began with Winnipeg's biggest move, trading their 2019 first round draft pick and forward Brendan Lemieux in exchange for forward Kevin Hayes from New York. The Jets will also send the Rangers a fourth round selection should they win the Stanley Cup this spring.
Next, Winnipeg re-acquired veteran forward Matt Hendricks from Minnesota in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in 2020. The Hendricks deals began a flurry of late-day acquisitions, as Nick Petan was sent to Toronto for the services of Par Lindholm shortly after.
With Winnipeg's blueline hurting as of late (injuries to Dustin Byfuglien, Joe Morrow and most recently Josh Morrissey) Chevy and Co. determined the best course of action was to stockpile some defensive depth, as opposed to relying on AHL calibre call-up talent from the Manitoba Moose.
Bodgan Kiselevich was acquired from Florida for Winnipeg's 2021 seventh round pick, just before the Jets sent a 2019 sixth round selection to Buffalo for blueliner Nathan Beaulieu. The Jets then picked up forward Alex Broadhurst from Columbus for future considerations late in the afternoon.
With the biggest move of the day surely being Winnipeg's first, the trade for Hayes will allow Bryan Little to drop down into the Jets' bottom six forward group, slotting in alongside Mathieu Perreault and Jack Roslovic. Hayes should find his place on the second line with a combination of Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor for the time being.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound 26-year-old has averaged roughly 45 points a season in his five years of NHL play with the New York Rangers. His 25 goals in 2017-18 were a career high. The big-bodied, playmaking power forward already has 14 goals and 42 points in 51 games with New York.
Hendricks, 37, is a veteran locker room presence that will aid in Winnipeg's potential deep playoff run this spring. Although only putting up two assists in 22 games for the Wild this season, Hendricks' biggest contribution is his leadership skills, something he will be able to pick back up in Winnipeg, following his off-season signing with Minnesota this past July.
Kiselevich, 29, is a depth defenceman currently in his first season in the NHL. The six-foot, 200-pound blueliner is a veteran of nine KHL seasons, and if anything, will slot into Manitoba's active roster, or find himself a scratch on the Jets, pending injury. He has eight assists in 32 games with Florida this season.
Much like Kiselevich, Par Lindholm is also in his first NHL season, after playing the past eight years in Sweden with the Swedish Elite League, the Swedish Hockey League and Sweden's Division One League. In 61 games with Toronto, the 27-year-old has one goal and 12 points.
Since 2012-13, Nathan Beaulieu has bounced around between the big league and the minors, finding himself dress in 314 career NHL games, split between the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres, and 132 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The 26-year-old shut-down defender has 11 goals, 76 points and 220 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He has three goals and seven points in 30 games for Buffalo this season.
Broadhurst, 25, will also serve as another depth option for the Manitoba Moose in the minor leagues in coming seasons. His two games of NHL experience in 2017-18 will not be enough to garner a spot in the Jets' lineup, but his offensive numbers will certainly help a Moose team going forward. He will remain with the Cleveland Monsters for the duration of the 2018-19 season. Dressing in 330 career AHL games, Broadhurst has 70 goals and 190 points. He has scored eight times this season, while adding another 21 assists.