A look at last NHL off-season's best (and worst) acquisitions
Now that we're roughly around the halfway point of the regular season, it's a good time for us to reflect on some of this past off-season's best acquisitions. Especially now, as we close on the April 12th trade deadline, and the next cycle of player movement looms on the horizon.
To do so, we're going to detail the most substantial contributors from that once-in-a-lifetime cycle of player movement. Rather than limiting our attention to the big ticket acquisitions of this off-season, we're going to hone in some of the less-heralded additions making outsized contributions to their new workplaces.
A couple of disclaimers: For the purposes of this exercise, we're going to focus on this season and how the players who switched teams have performed thus far, free from the context of their long-term contract status and associated costs that may otherwise complicate matters. It's also worth noting that we're only going to include players that actually switched teams, which means that names like Kirill Kaprizov and Jesse Puljujärvi won't be included in the exercise -- while they technically didn't play for their current teams last season, those teams nonetheless held their rights.
We're going to use JFresh's beautiful player cards as a launching pad for highlighting the performance of each player; they do such a neat job of breaking things down into bite-sized categories based on specific areas of the game. If you're unfamiliar with them, they're super easy to navigate. Blue is good, and red is bad. The numbers reflect the percentile they're in relative to their peers. Numbers are current through the conclusion of Monday evening's games. With all of that out of the way, let's just dive right into it.
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