Now that both Phil Kessel and Dougie Hamilton have been traded, all members of the Kessel trade have moved onto different teams. I believe you need to follow the assets that were involved in a trade to properly evaluate it.
On September 18, 2009 the Bruins traded Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs for a 2010 first and second round pick and a 2011 first rounder. Those picks turned into Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight, and Dougie Hamilton.
Seguin was the first to go. On July 4, 2013 Tyler Seguin was traded to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow. The Bruins waived Matt Fraser and traded Reilly Smith for Jimmy Hayes.
Jared Knight was the next to go. Knight has not made it to the NHL yet and the Bruins moved him at this year’s trade deadline. The Bruins received Zach Phillips. Both players have under preformed in the careers so far.
The next to go was Dougie Hamilton at the draft this year. The Bruins received a 1st round pick in 2015 (Right Wing, Zachary Senyshyn) and two 2nd round picks (Center, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Defenseman, Jeremy Lauzon).
Kessel was the last piece of the trade to move on from the team that traded for him. On July 1st of this year Maple Leafs traded Kessel along with Tyler Biggs (former 1st round selection) and Defenseman, Tim Erixon to Penguins for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and a conditional 2016 3rd round pick. In my opinion the Penguins won this deal big time. Plus the Maple Leafs are picking up some of the money owed to Kessel, so the Penguins are only on the hook for 6.8 million of the 9 million cap hit.
So lets break this down:
Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and a 3rd round pick
Zachary Senyshyn, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Jeremy Lauzon, Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Zach Phillips and Jimmy Hays.
I still feel the Bruins won this deal. I feel the wildcard in all this is Joe Morrow. If he turns into a top 4 Defenseman for the Bruins it will tip the scale even further to the Bruins side. Kasperi Kapanen was a first round pick in the 2014 draft and Scott Harrington was a good Prospect for the Penguins.
You never know how things will turn out, most likely some of these players will be moved again, but the Bruins are still reaping the benefits of trading Phil Kessel.
Happy Birthday America!