The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired centers Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers for pending free agents Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, along with a 2019 second-round pick and two fourth-round picks in June.
The Panthers may have been able to buy Brassard low here. He has just nine goals and 15 points in 40 games, but it seemed like he never really fit in Pittsburgh. The hope was that he would be an overqualified number three center and averaged just 14:56 minutes per game this season, down from an average of 18:21 minutes in 2017-18 before Ottawa dealt him. Now that he’s in Florida, Brassard could go back to having a decent role.
Pittsburgh may look to its new additions to fill the roles left by Brassard and Sheahan. Bjugstad, 26, is a natural center but has spent most of the season playing right wing, yielding just 12 points. McCann, 22 has collected 18 points in 46 games.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie notes the key for the Panthers in this trade is clearing salary to potentially take a run at both Artemi Panarin and Sergei
Bjugstad, is a skilled big-man who could work out well for the Pens.
However, I agree with Bob. The Panthers made a good move here getting rid of players wroth more that did not fit future plans.