We have our second trade of the night and like the first it's a relatively minor deal.
Once again it appears that general manager John Chayka is doing some wheeling and dealing and this time his dance partner is general manager Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks. According to a report from NHL.com the Coyotes and the Sharks have swapped a forward and a defenseman, going to the Coyotes will be 22 year old forward Adam Helewka and back the other way to the Sharks will be defenseman Kyle Wood.
Adam Helewka is a left winger that was drafted in the 4th round (106th overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft but he never played a game in the NHL as a member of the Sharks. He has spent almost all of his time within the organization representing the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League, his most recent season saw him record 9 goals and 29 assists for a total of 38 points in 63 games played.
Given his previous level of experience it seems likely that the Coyotes envision him as a player that will be able to help their American Hockey League affiliate the Tucson Roadrunners, but that is purely speculation on my part.
Speaking of the Tucson Roadrunners the player that the Sharks will be getting back in this deal has played for that organization during the past two seasons of his professional career. Kyle Wood was selected in the 3rd round (84th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, and despite never playing in the NHL he has bounced around from organization to organization early in his career.
Despite his lack of NHL experience some belief that he is being brought in to compete for the 7th defenseman spot on the Sharks roster as early as this season, and comments made by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson would appear to support those beliefs.
"Kyle possesses a rare combination of size and skill on the blueline and we're excited to add him to our organization," said Wilson as per NHL.com. "He was an AHL All-Star in his first professional season and we think his game will continue to evolve."
This is the second small trade the Coyotes have made today, the first was a three player deal with the Buffalo Sabres, and you have to wonder if the Coyotes are preparing something bigger before the NHL Draft which is now just a few days away.