Now that March 4th and 5th are behind us and the NHL trade deadline is a thing of the past, it is safe to confirm the new acquired players for the Ducks- Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars and Andre Petersson from the Ottawa Senators. Let’s focus on the most recent trade that happened on the very last day of the trade deadline. The Ducks exchanged defenseman Alex Grant for right-wing Andre Petersson.
Alex Grant’s NHL debut was with the Ducks back in November 2013 against the San José Sharks, where he scored his first career goal. Grant has only two NHL games total, both with Anaheim, where he has recorded two goals and two penalty minutes. Grant’s record with the Anaheim affiliate Norfolk Admirals is more impressive with 27 points and seven goals, 20 assists, and 46 penalty minutes, ranking first among Admiral defensemen in points, and fifth place among all Norfolk players in scoring.
Andre Petersson, in contrast, is a right winger who has collected 40 points and 28 penalty minutes within 47 games as a member of the AHL Binghamton Senators this season. Petersson made his NHL debut with Ottawa during the 2011-2012 season, yet has been with Binghamton since the 2012-2013 season. During his NHL debut, Petersson only played one game and had 0 goals and 0 assists.
Both Grant and Petersson are rookies in the NHL stats book, yet bring a lot of potential to the sport. The trade of Grant for Petersson makes sense, considering that they traded Dustin Penner for a defenseman and needed another promising right-winger to fill that spot. Whereas since Anaheim acquired defenseman Robidas, they needed to get rid of one of their existing defensemen, which happened to be Grant. Hopefully this trade works for the best and allows for Petersson to earn some more points and prove himself as a number-1-team type of forward.