NEWS: We've acquired right wing Adam Cracknell (@A_Cracknell) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Steven Oleksy.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 11, 2018
Leafs Trade Adam Cracknell To The Ducks
In Cracknell, the Duck’s receive a much-needed depth forward, as they continue to struggle from key player injuries. Although the 33-year has not played in the NHL so far this season, he has scored three goals and seven assists for ten points, adding ten minutes in penalties for the Toronto Marlies. Over his eight-year NHL career, Cracknell has played for the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, and the New York Rangers. In that time, he has 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 career points in 208 career games. He was originally drafted in the 9th round, 276th overall of the 2004 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames.
By acquiring Oleksy, the Leafs get an experienced defenseman, however like his trading counterpart has spent this season in the AHL. Where he picked up two assists for two points, adding 36 minutes in penalties in 15 games with the San Diego Gulls. Over his limited four-year NHL career Oleksy has played for the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In that time, he has three goals and 17 assists for 20 career points in 73 career games. He was originally undrafted into the Caps.
What This Means for the Future.
Cracknell may see some more NHL time as the Ducks need some depth with current injuries. If the Ducks do give the Canadian native ice time, it will give them added experience and perhaps added muscle to the lineup short term. However likely to go back to the Ahl longer-term. The Ducks are currently second in the Pacific Division, but in previous years have failed to make an impact in the playoffs.
The Leafs have sufficient forward depth with players like Par Lindholm on the fourth line playing well. However, the Leafs have issues with defensive depth, but its unlikely Oleksy will see much NHL action. But will instead continue his AHL career with the Marlies.
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