This article is part of our The Kids' Table series.
For what seems like the third year in a row, we experienced a rather lackluster NHL trade deadline. This is likely because two of the bigger names on the market – Andrew Ladd and Eric Staal – were dealt prior to Monday, but it still seemed like GMs were reluctant to give up their assets. It was another sellers' market, as we saw players like Lee Stempniak, Jiri Hudler and Daniel Winnik net multiple picks or pick/prospect combos. Not many high-end prospects were dealt at the deadline, but there was still enough movement to warrant some thoughts. It's hard to tell if a change of scenery will affect a young player positively or negatively, so all we can do is wait to see if things work out over the course of a few seasons.
I'll eventually get into a few noteworthy names that switched farm systems, but first I want to take some time to talk about everyone's favorite rebuild: the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Since early last week – Feb. 21, to be exact – the Maple Leafs have made a lot of unsurprising moves to clear their roster of veteran players to make room for the future. Nick Spaling, Roman Polak, James Reimer, Jeremy Morin, Daniel Winnik and Shawn Matthias were shipped out, while any veteran players the Leafs retained have been buried in the AHL or are set to be waived or bought out. All these moves came to fruition Monday night, when