The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Ryan Dzingel and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Ottawa Senators for Anthony Duclair, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.
Dzingel was originally selected in the seventh-round (No.204 overall) back in 2011 and made it to the NHL in 2016 after three years at Ohio State University and two and a half seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL). Dzingel was a pending unrestricted free-agent this summer but increased his trade stock dramatically by setting a new career-high in assists (22) and points (44) through just 44 games.
The 26-year-old brings tremendous speed to the Blue Jackets lineup and could line-up with his former linemate, Matt Duchene, who was acquired from the Senators on Friday. Dzingel has played 440:40 5v5 TOI with Duchene this season, which is 52.5 percent of his 5v5 ice-time this season. The duo carried an ugly 44.8 CorsiFor% but average an impressive 27.1 ScoringChancesFor/60.
Duclair was picked in the third-round (No.80 overall) in 2013 and heads to his fifth team in five seasons. Duclair has undeniable talent but is extremely inconsistent and fell out of favour with head coach John Tortorella in Columbus.
Here are Tortorella's comments on Duclair in full. As you'll see, he mentioned Duclar's high skill level and upside, but man, he let loose on the kid. pic.twitter.com/pogTRcRprw
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 20, 2019
The 23-year-old goes to Ottawa with 11 goals and eight assists (19 points) in 53 games this year. Duclair could play a top-6 role with Duchene and Dzingel now with the Blue Jackets.
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