Grading each NHL team’s performance at the 2020 trade deadline

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The carnage has settled as the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline has now come and gone. Here’s a look at how each team did.

The 2020 NHL trade deadline has passed. Finally, the dust is gone and hockey fans can sit back and see which teams have improved themselves, and which teams have not. Unlike last year, the action was quick and constant this year, as there were trades all day long on Feb. 24.

As always, there were teams who did better than others. And of course, “better” is relatively speaking. A team like the Ottawa Senators, for example, didn’t have the same deadline goals as, say, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Usually, I work through the teams alphabetically in these posts. But I’m going to work from the top of the class to the worst of the class. These are merely knee-jerk reactions from one person, so of course, there’s going to be some disagreements.

I’m only going to include trades that were made in 2020. So the Taylor Hall trade will not be factored into this article. But for the record, I think the Devils should have hung on to him and gotten a better price.

If you disagree with me, feel free to let your voice be heard in the comments. Tell me I’m an idiot. Or if you agree with me, please say nice things.

Without further ado, let’s start.

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Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators will have a whopping nine draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft. Three of those picks (a first, a second, and a third) are due to what they did in February. Their best trade was getting a first and a second (plus a conditional third in 2021) for Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

They also got a third-round pick for Dylan DeMelo. In addition, they got a 2021 fourth-round pick for Vladislav Namestnikov and a 2021 fifth-rounder for Tyler Ennis. The Senators were in a position to get a ton of assets at the trade deadline. That’s precisely what they did. The future is bright in Ottawa for the first time in a while.

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