On February 10th, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild made a trade. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired 28-year old left winger Jason Zucker. The Minnesota Wild acquired center Alex Galchenyuk, defensive prospect Calen Addison and a 2020 First Round pick. This trade makes sense for both teams as the Penguins get a former 30 goal scorer who is a fast player with a good shot in Zucker, and the Wild get young pieces to help their rebuild. The Penguins pushed hard for this deal as they wanted a great player that can help the Penguins contend for another Stanley Cup run.
As a Penguins fan, I am happy with the type of player that we got. Zucker already has two goals and two assists with the team. However, I felt we gave up too much for him and they might be in trouble for the future. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin won’t be playing forever and when they retire the penguins dominance will be over. The Penguins gave up a first round pick which I was fine with. However, to put this into prospective the Penguins have only owned one of their first round picks in the last twelve years so it his hard to develop good prospects and grow the future. However, what I was a little upset about was trading Calen Addison. He is an 18 year-old defenseman that was supposed to be a top-4 defenseman next year. The Penguins prospect system was already not that good to begin with and now it got even worse.