Welp, there it is. The Ottawa Senators have traded Mark Stone in the final minutes of the 2019 NHL trade deadline to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for D Erik Brannstrom, F Oscar Lindberg, and a 2020 2nd round pick.
In 59 games this season, Stone has 62 points (28g, 34a) and is a UFA at the end of the season. So I’d likely expect Stone to be a rental, but who knows. A playoff run can change someone’s mind real quick.
According the Darren Dreger, defenseman Erik Brannstrom is the key piece of the deal going back to Ottawa. The 19-year-old has played 41 games with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL this season with 28 points (7g, 21a). Brannstrom is a puck moving defenseman and will hopefully crack the Senators top-4 next season. The Swedish born prospect has been compared to Erik Karlsson and has also been described as an “A+ prospect”.
Stone is only 26-years-old and is entering the prime years of his career, so he’ll sign a nice ole ticket this summer. But until then, he’ll be a huge addition for the Golden Knights on a playoff run.
Mark Stone has reportedly agreed to a 8-year extension with the Vegas Golden Knights with an AAV of $9mill.