March Madness

Nope, we are not talking about that NCAA basketball tournament, we are talking about the flurry of deals leading up to the trade deadline!
by Gary Graves | April 2, 2023, 1:26 PM ET

Over the span of a few weeks, GM Graves went from 0 to 60 to turn up the speed of the rebuild! This was certainly not a premeditated move heading into the last few weeks before the trade deadline, but a little bit of a change in direction on the fly. Seeing the needs of the Las Vegas Aces in regards to their financial woes, lack of picks and prospects is what led to the acquisition of Svechnikov. After that, other deals started to spin with the thought of acquiring some additional young talent to accelerate the rebuild.

The team had kicked tires on players like Robert Thomas, Tommy Novak, Jesper Bratt, etc. with some talks more serious than others. 

Ultimately after a number of hours of talks, the team was able to agree on a deal with the Gators to acquire young two-way centre Barrett Hayton. We feel he is a player starting to come into his own at the pro level. Hayton could be a perfect 2C going forward. 

A deal with the Spartans allowed us to reacquire top four defenseman Brett Pesce with the eye on stabilizing the back end. In a last minute deal with the Shamrocks, the blueline got even better with the addition of Braden Schneider

Sure the team gave up assets like Joshua Roy, Simon Nemec, Stanislav Svozil and Jeremie Poirier, but remember the team has a lot of very good prospects in the system and after all was said and done, it still carries the likes of William Eklund, John-Jason Peterka, Jean-Luc Foudy, Liam Foudy, Nikita Alexandrov, Zach Dean, Devon Levi, Joel Hofer, Pyotr Kochetkov, Luke Evangelista, David Spacek, Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Noah Ostlund, Isaiah George, Noah Warren and more! 

In addition, the team is about to pick a top 10 player in the 2023 draft and potentially a top 4 pick given current standings and now the ability to be competitive in the gold points race. 

The team also has a superstar to build around in Tim Stuetzle

With that, let's go Colonials! 


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