The Columbus Blue Jackets fired the cannon on the draft day trades with the addition of center Max Domi and a 2020 3rd round pick (78th overall) in exchange for winger Josh Anderson.
Both players moved are pending restricted free agents. Both teams come out of this trade getting what they need. Montreal gets a middle six winger that can jump into the rush, be extremely physical, and put the puck in the net. Anderson was a very serviceable player when healthy. Anderson was a fourth round draft pick that came out of the London Knights organization, and was part of the Calder Cup winning Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. Anderson and his agent held out the first time the power forward was a restricted free agent, and performed a 20 goal season afterward.
Domi helps Columbus in the center depth position as a second/third line guy. Domi is a pending RFA that fits into the current need for the middle of the ice. The last name is known around the hockey world with respect to his father, which will get jerseys to sell in Columbus, making him a marketable asset. The gritty and physical assets of Domi will also have him fit into the current Tortorella mold of Columbus.
The third round pick at #78 is five slots higher than their #83 original slot, which is with Los Angeles for this draft.
Both teams got what they wanted, making it a hockey trade in every aspect of this deal. Wingers for centers and draft capitol. Columbus has gotten a lot of praise online so far as the winners of this deal, but seeing Anderson play live, Montreal will love him if he continues to be healthy and physical.
Thoughts? More to come...