With little fanfare, the Panthers announced on Wednesday that they traded winger Logan Shaw to the Anaheim Ducks for center Michael Sgarbossa.
Logan Shaw will move on to the Ducks in his first trade as a pro hockey player after being drafted by the Panthers back in the 3rd round of the 2011 Draft. Shaw moved slowly up the ranks with one stop in the ECHL and several in the AHL, where he tallied 53 points in 147 games with the San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates, and Springfield Thunderbirds. He made his NHL debut last season on October 30th, 2015 against the Bruins and remained with the team through just about the rest of the season and into the playoffs.
Overall, Shaw played a heavy game that was admired by head coach Gerard Gallant, but he was unable to really complement that style with any amount skill. He scored 5 goals, including 2 empty-netters, but didn’t create or finish plays off despite spending most of his ice time with the possession-driving Brian Campbell, Nick Bjugstad, and Brandon Pirri, among others. Analytically, Shaw was poor at generating shot attempts and suppressing them in his own zone while the rest of the players on the team had better numbers when they weren’t on the ice with him.
With Shaw due for a new contract at the end of this season, the Panthers decided it was time to move on from him, and they did so in favor of Sgarbossa who has performed well in the AHL over the past 4 season, posting 147 points in 230 games. He averaged 2 points per game in his final two juniors seasons in the OHL and recorded a league-leading 102 points in 66 games as a 19-year old. In 9 games with the Ducks this season, Sgarbossa’s 6.5 CF% Rel was 4th on the team, 46.40 CA/60 was 3rd, and 52.7 CF% was 5th.
Although he’ll report to the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, they see upside in him and NHL games aren’t out of the question soon or down the road.
“[Sgarbossa] has the skill to contribute and we always want to be rolling four lines of skill,” said Assistant GM Steve Werier after the trade was made official.
The Panthers face the Maple Leafs on Thursday night in Toronto where they’re expected to roll out the same lineup as Tuesday night in Montreal aside from James Reimer getting the start in net against his former team.