OK…by now I’m sure you’ve seen C-Viv’s report that the Thrashers made a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. Heading this way is 26-year old Russian Evgeny Artyukhin…a 6’-4” forward who was Tampa Bay’s selection with the 94th overall draft pick in 2001…the first of what is sure to be other transactions to come this week Trade-A-Paloosa 2010.
Artyukhin has scored 4 goals and 5 assists so far in 37 games played for the Ducks with an EVEN +/- rating and 41 PIM. Last season for the Bolts he played in 73 games and produced 6 goals and 16 overall points, was a +1 with 151 PIM. In 2005-06, he played in 72 games scoring 4 goals 13 assists, was a –4 with 90 PIM while with Tampa Bay…in between he played in Russia.
He is slated to be a UFA this summer and is finishing off a contract that pays him right at $950,000. Last January 26, he played in Atlanta when the Ducks were in town…goose eggs across the score sheet in just 5:49 minutes of play on the ice.
From what I’ve come to understand about this kid… he has very good speed for someone of his size but tends to take silly penalties too often. If he could learn to use the size more to his advantage and cut down on the time in the sin-bin, he’ll be an asset on the lower lines.
Moving on to SoCal is defenseman Nathan Oystrick, and he’ll be carrying a conditional pick in 2011 in his luggage as well. Oystrick has played the entire season with the AHL Chicago Wolves after his one and only NHL tour last year where he appeared in 53 games scoring 4 goals, 8 assists while collecting 50 penalty minutes and was a –2 on the season.
With this trade, the Thrashers are carrying 14 forwards with the addition of Artyukhin. So maybe it’s possible he his here to take Kozlov or Armstrong’s spot…if either are to be moved this week.
Looking at the deal at face value, what I see is the Thrashers bringing in some beef for the lower lines as we make our run for the postsea…uh, excuse me…as we make our March to the Playoffs this month. That never hurts
Plus, and let’s just be honest, Nathan wasn’t likely to get another shot up here anytime soon…what with Kulda, Postma and Vishnevskiy currently in the system.
Regarding giving this deal a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”… to me, any true overall judgment will rest with what the team looks like at 3:01 pm on the fourth. But that being said, it looks like Waddell was able to get a pretty good return here.