Just before the NHL trade deadline the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to send Evander Kane (F) to the San Jose Sharks for the classic “2 picks and a prospect.” The picks are reported to be a conditional 1st in 2019 and a 4th in 2020, and the prospect is Danny O’Regan (F).
According to Pierre LeBrun, the Sabres receive a conditional 1st round pick in 2019
Here’s the condition of the first-round 2019 pick in the Evander Kane deal: if the Sharks re-sign Kane, it’s a first; but if Kane walks into free agency, it’s a second-round pick in 2019
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 26, 2018
Not great. Kane is an unrestricted free agent after this season so where he’ll sign is basically a crap shoot. In my opinion the most likely scenario is that he tests the free agency waters and ends up signing elsewhere, leaving the Sabres with a 2nd round pick.
The final piece to the trade is 24 year old forward Danny O’Regan. O’Regan was drafted in the 5th round in 2012, and played for 4 years at Boston University, overlapping with Jack Eichel for 1 year. O’Regan played pretty well in the AHL last year tallying 23 goals and 35 assists in 63 games. This year he has split his time between the AHL and NHL and hasn’t had a ton of success at the higher level . In 2018 he has scored no goals and has 4 assists in 19 NHL games. I don’t love O’Regan’s size, he’s only 5’10”, 175lbs, but maybe reuniting with Eichel with generate a spark. Unfortunately we’ll probably have to wait until next year to see them both on the ice together since Eichel has been sidelined with an ankle injury.