It may have involved a couple NHL stars, but the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal definitely helps the Providence Bruins roster.
The Bruins, who finished last season atop the Eastern Conference, added a couple pieces today in Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
Morrow, previously dealt to the Stars in the trade that sent former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins, is considered one of the brighter prospects in the deal, but the 20-year-old has yet to show signs that he is ready to make the jump. In 66 AHL games last season, Morrow only found the back of the net five times, while assisting on 14. Come playoffs, Morrow added another two goals and an assist to his totals in just eight games.
Morrow, a first round draft pick of the Penguins in 2011, has yet to produce up to expectations. Morrow has some developing to do before he sticks full-time at the NHL level.
Dallas’ inclusion of the 23-year-old Fraser is going to pay almost immediate dividends for Providence if he doesn’t find a role on the big club. Though he’s yet to make his mark in the NHL, Fraser has been the picture of offensive consistency in the AHL. In only 137 games in the minors, Fraser has already amassed 70 goals to go along with 31 assists. The totals are a bit slanted, sure, but Fraser has the pure goal scoring instinct.
Smith, a 22-year-old right wing from Toronto, was picked by Dallas in the third round of the 2009 draft. The only piece to really split time between the AHL and NHL, Smith contributed 35 points (14-21) in the A with the Stars, and also saw action in 37 NHL games, helping out with three goals and six helpers. At the moment, it’s hard to see where Smith will fit into a much deeper Bruins team, and in all likelihood he’ll start the season in Providence with the Baby Bs.
However, the Stars — who admittedly look to have gotten the better long-term NHL return in Seguin — didn’t really rake in much on this deal as far as building their farm. Included in the deal, seemingly as a throw in, was Bruins prospect Ryan Button. Button, 22, hasn’t been able to make a full-time jump out of the ECHL and into the AHL, so his presence in the NHL seems like a longshot. In his 60 AHL games, the blueliner has been in on three goals, but has never been the triggerman.
A Bruins third rounder in 2009, Button is still young and could just be taking the long way around in his development, but on the NHL level, this trade is a retooling for the big club, and an AHL win for the Bruins organization.