The New York Rangers acquire D prospect Adam Fox from Carolina for 2019 2nd and 2020 conditional 3rd.
The 2020 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd rounder if Fox plays 30 NHL games next season.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the Blueshirts’ own second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/wU7O07EOXx
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 30, 2019
What it means for Carolina?
The Hurricanes really had nothing to lose here. It was widely assumed that Fox was never going to sign with them. He made those rumors a fact a few weeks ago. So instead of letting the talented offensive defenseman walk for nothing, the Hurricanes got maximum return from the only team that had a realistic shot of signing him.
It was likely to be a difficult path for Fox to make Carolina’s roster, anyway. They have a very talented defense core, especially on the right side. With Dougie Hamilton and Justin Faulk occupying the top 2 pairings on that side. Brett Pesce and Haydn Fleury have also proven to be capable defenders in the playoffs this season.
For Don Waddell to get this kind of return for a player that was going to walk to the team that traded for him is very impressive.
What it means for New York Rangers?
Adam Fox was going to be a New York Ranger, regardless of the trade. He had made that abundantly clear since he was drafted by Calgary a few years ago. He asked to play on the biggest stage, and the spotlight got a whole lot brighter considering the route that he took to get there. The Eli Manning comparisons will be commonplace among sports pundits, and living up to the expectations will be difficult.
His skills should make for an easy transition from college to the NHL. He averaged over 1.50 points per game at the NCAA level, the most ever for a defenseman. Assuming that he signs his ELC and joins the Rangers in time for next season, the two 2nd round picks could be a cheap price to pay for a generational defenseman. If he does return to Harvard next season, the payment would seem like a reach for a guy they could have gotten for free.
Grade: B if he signs, C- if he goes back to Harvard.
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals