NHL Trade Review: Knights bring in Janmark


       The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Mattias Janmark and a 2022 5th round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in a three team deal with the San Jose Sharks. The Blackhawks acquired a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2022 3rd round pick from the Golden Knights, while the Sharks got a 2022 5th rounder from Vegas. Chicago retained 50% of Janmark\’s salary, and San Jose retained an additional 25%. 

Starting off with the easy analysis, San Jose gets a free pick here. Just like they did yesterday by retaining some money for Nick Foligno, the Sharks used up some of their cap space to acquire a mid-to-late round draft pick. They got a fourth yesterday, and give up even less to bring in what should be a late 5th round pick. They only take on $562k of cap space so Vegas can stay cap compliant. 

The Golden Knights make a good addition, but severely overpay in the process. The 5th round picks cancel out, although the one acquired by Vegas should be a bit higher than the one they gave up. Janmark is a middle-six winger who is good defensively and can kill penalties. He scored a lot of goals early in his career, but the two years before this year saw his shooting percentage tank. It is back up this year, to 13.9%. He definitely improves their lineup, but is a pending free agent. They had to give up a bit more because they are so close to the cap, that Janmark\’s $562k cap hit was the maximum they could take on. 

Janmark, 28, has scored 10 goals with nine assists for 19 points in 41 games for Chicago this year. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, Janmark has scored 56 goals with 72 assists for 128 points in 338 games. 

The Blackhawks are the definite winners of this trade. In pure value added and lost, San Jose does, but Chicago gains a lot. A second and a third is a great get for a player who they gave a one year, $2.25 million deal in the offseason. They are one of the main winners at this year\’s deadline. 

Published by carterhud

Carterhud.com. SI Kids Kid Reporter, Prime Time Sports Talk writer

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