The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for centers Derrick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, plus a 2019 2nd round pick and two 2019 4th round picks.
For the Penguins, they once again re-stock and acquire younger players with more years left on their contract. Both Bjugstad and McCann can play center and wing, the positions Brassard and Sheahan play. Also, both players they gave up are free agents at the end of the year. It is an overall good trade for their upcoming playoff run.
Bjugstad, 26, has scored five goals with seven assists for 12 points in 32 games for the Panthers this year. In his NHL career, all in Florida, Bjugstad has scored 87 goals and 101 assists for 191 points in 394 games. In 82 games in 2017-18, Bjugstad scored 19 goals, with 230 shots.
McCann, 22, has scored eights goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 46 games this year. He will likely set a career high in goals. In his NHL career for the Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, McCann has scored 27 goals and 44 assists for 71 points in 212 games.
For the Panthers, they get a couple of picks in the deal. Plus, they get two veterans they can flip for more picks. They also save cap space for this upcoming free agency, where they could make a run at Blue Jackets\’ stars Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky.
Brassard, 31, has scored nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 40 games for the Penguins this year. In his NHL career for the Penguins, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has scored 171 goals and 272 assists for 443 points in 756 games.
Sheahan, 27, has scored seven goals and two assists for nine points in 49 games for the Penguins. In his NHL career for the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, Sheahan has scored 56 goals and 83 assists for 139 points in 414 games.