The Leafs made a trade tonight for Alex Galchenyuk, the forward 3rd overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
This was the same draft that saw the Leafs take Morgan Rielly 5th overall, while Nail Yakupov was the 1st overall selection.
In return for Galchenyuk the Carolina Hurricanes have received Yegor Korshkov (Torontos 31st overall selection, 2016), and David Warsofsky.
This has fans wondering why Kyle Dubas didn’t simply pluck Galchenyuk from waivers, which he cleared earlier today. By clearing waivers the Leafs now have taxi squad and AHL flexibility with Galchenyuk. However, outside of that, it does appear that the Leafs aren’t gaining much, while they have given up an “okay” prospect for a depth rental.
With all of this said, the fact remains that Galchenyuk is only 27 years old and has a 30 goal season, as well as 5 years with 40 or more points in his past. There is the chance that he does well within the Leafs offensive system.
Now, back to the game.
GO LEAFS GO!!!