Today's news comes straight from the Preds' insider on twitter:
#Preds pick up Phoenix's 2012 fourth rounder for Cal O'Reilly
The move speaks less to the talent of Cal and more to the development of Nashville's young forwards. O'Reilly was a solid contributor for the first part of last season before going down to injury.
In the time he spent on IR names like Blake Geoffrion and mid-season acquisition Mike Fisher made names for themselves at center. Add in the early-season success of Craig Smith and it's not surprising to see Cal dealt to a team that needs some help at center.
In addition, O'Reilly had been a healthy scratch for the last few games, and with Hornqvist and Fisher healthy again, and Martin Erat close behind, the future did not bode well for Cal.
Could this be a set up for a bigger deal? Do you like the move? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Full team release after the jump:
Nashville, Tenn. (October 28, 2011) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft in exchange for forward Cal O'Reilly. The trade is pending O'Reilly passing a physical.
The Predators now have nine draft picks for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to be held June 22-23, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. - their own picks in the first, second and fourth through seventh rounds in addition Toronto's third-round pick and the New York Rangers' sixth-round selection, and now, Phoenix's fourth-round selection.
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