Seattle finally made a trade that actually appears to have gotten more than fair value, earning three picks from the Flames (the highest of which is a second round) in exchange for versatile forward Calle Jarnkrok.
What the flames get:
The Flames already had a deep forward core, and they’re adding an underrated scorer who has 50-point potential and has been heating up lately. Jarnkrok also has strong defensive measures, but other than that telling us he won’t get the main attacking deployment, it’s not worth diving in here.
Jarnkrok can play up, down and across the formation, and where he can end up fitting in best is centering Tyler Toffoli and Andrew Mangiapane; a spot held by Adam Ruzicka in recent games. It would definitely be an upgrade for Jarnkrok over Alex Wennberg and Jaden Schwartz. A 50-point pace for Jarnkrok the rest of the way should be the expectation here.
What the Kraken gets:
Choose to store the shallowest prospect pool in the NHL.
For their roster considerations, the Kraken are going to have to fill some of the defensive minutes vacated by Jarnkrok. That either means the player who jumps in to eat Jarnkrok’s (Morgan Geekie/Kole Lind) ice time is going to play more in his own zone, or we’re going to see someone like Jordan Eberle end up having to take more of those draws, releasing a more attacking player. The end result is really the same, in that the addition by subtraction situation doesn’t really apply here; it’s the status quo, or even a small demotion for the fantasy value of others on the Kraken.
Players it helps:
Keepers of the flames
Players it hurts: