The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers have made a relatively minor trade.
According to an official announcement from the Toronto Maple Leafs Public Relations department, the Leafs have acquired a conditional seventh round draft selection in exchange for National Hockey League prospect Nolan Vesey.
Nolan Vesey is the young bother of New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey and he was selected in the 6th round (158th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs. Since being drafted by the Leafs the younger Vesey brother has spent his time playing college hockey for the University of Maine in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Once viewed as a prospect with some legitimate upside Vesey has largely failed to develop his game with University of Maine Black Bears and the 10 goals, 13 assists and 23 points he recorded in his first year of college hockey are very similar to the 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points he recorded in this latest season, his fourth year as a collegiate athlete and at 23 years of age.
With that in mind it's somewhat confusing as to why the Oilers would give up even a seventh round pick in order to acquire the young forward, but we do not know what condition is attached to the seventh round pick at this time so perhaps that will shed some light on just how much of a gamble this really is for the Edmonton Oilers. Although Edmonton Oilers insider Joanthan Willis may already have some idea of why Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has made this move.
According to Willis the Oilers currently have a hole that they need to fill on the left wing in the American Hockey League with their AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors and Willis believes that is where Vesey will be used. How much he is used may be determined by that conditional 7th round pick as well and by extension may determine how much the Leafs end up getting back for him.
It seems like a relatively low risk move from either team at this time, the Oilers only give up a 7th round and the Leafs only give up on a prospect that wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire.