Evaluating the Jiri Tlusty Trade

The Carolina Hurricanes traded Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday evening in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2016 and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2015 (if the Jets make the playoffs, it becomes a fifth-round pick).

Here’s the question in every Canes Fan’s mind: Was the Jiri Tlusty trade a good idea?

My answer: Not really.

Trading for draft picks is a risky move in any sport because you never know how the player is going to preform at the professional level. Sometimes players drafted towards the end of a draft turn out to be Hall of Famers (Tom Brady), and other times the first pick in a draft turns out to be a complete bust (Anthony Bennett).

So why would the Hurricanes trade Jiri Tlusty, a forward that has 165 points in 396 career games, for two unnamed players that have never started a game in the NHL?

The main reason the Canes traded Tlusty, and the reason that made me believe this trade wasn’t a complete bust, was because he was going to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he was unlikely to resign with the Hurricanes after negotiations between the two parties had fallen apart. Basically, the Hurricanes decided to get something in exchange for Tlusty instead of losing him in free agency.

As of right now, the franchise received two future draft picks for a player that was going to leave the team at the end of the season anyway. Who knows, maybe one of those draft picks will become the next Wayne Gretzky, or Sidney Crosby, but probably not. In the end, only time will tell Canes fans whether this trade was a good or bad idea. Let’s hope it’s the former and not the latter.