This afternoon, the Nashville Predators sent their seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Jaynen Rissling.
This year’s draft is not regarded as a particularly deep one, and the Predators have decided to add some defensive depth via trade. The 2012 seventh round pick by Washington is yet to log an NHL game and has played the past several seasons with the Calgary Hitman.
Hockeysfuture.com describes Rissling as such:
“Rissling is a big, strong kid who shows a lot of grit, leadership, and character on ice. While he isn’t the most highly skilled of defenseman, Rissling brings some decent puck moving skills and defensive attributes to his game. He is also a physically imposing defenseman who loves to throw the body and drop the gloves when needed. He hits hard and plays hard and it has won him some recognition at the various levels of hockey.”
The decision by Nashville general manager David Poile to move a seventh round pick in this year’s draft for a former seventh rounder that has logged a few seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) seems like a pretty low-risk move. Simply, the Milwaukee Admirals will get some defensive depth for this upcoming season, and Rissling will have a chance to prove himself in a new environment.
Here’s the official team release on the deal:
Nashville, Tenn. (April 19, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jaynen Rissling from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Nashville’s seventh-round selection in the 2014 Entry Draft.
Rissling, 20 (9/21/93), recently completed his fifth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, posting 37 points (8g-29a) and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games while serving as team captain. In 273 WHL games from 2009-14, the 6-4, 204-pound native of Edmonton, Alta., amassed 117 points (23g-94a) and 465 penalty minutes, helping the Hitmen claim the WHL title and participate in the Memorial Cup in 2010.
Washington’s ninth choice, 197th overall (seventh round) in the 2012 Entry Draft, Rissling becomes the second member of the Capitals 2012 draft class to be acquired by the Predators, joining Filip Forsberg (11th overall, first round).