2012: Filip Forsberg and Mikhail Grigorenko
Filip Forsberg | Washington Capitals
The one that the Washington Capitals wish they could do over. At the 2013 trade deadline, they traded Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta.
Erat would put up three points in nine regular-season games and zero points in four playoff games as the Capitals fell to the lower seeded New York Rangers in seven games.
Forsberg has gone on to put up 255 points in 335 NHL games with the Nashville Predators. Forsberg is a mainstay on the Predators top line and is a big reason they’ve been able to become the Stanley Cup runner-ups in 2017 and President’s Trophy winners the following season.
Forsberg is a top level player, not only great grab at number ten but a great grab for Martin Erat and a prospect.
Mikhail Grigorenko | Buffalo Sabres
Playing for Patrick Roy’s Québec Ramparts of the QMJHL, Grigorenko put up good numbers. In 92 games with the Ramparts, he put up 139 points. At 12th, the Buffalo Sabres might have just stolen a good one.
Nope. Grigorenko just hasn’t been able to put it together in the NHL. Even after being traded to the Colorado Avalanche to play under his former coach for a season. With 64 points in 217 games in the NHL, there’s no wonder he’s now playing in the KHL.
So that’s a good NHL player in Forsberg and then a not so good non-NHL player with Mikhail Grigorenko.