On May 26th the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks agreed to the second official trade of the new NHL season. The Red Wings acquired 20-year-old left-winger Dylan Sadowy, while the Sharks got a 2017 third round draft pick. Many have never heard of Sadowy, and wonder who the real benefactor of this trade was. Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Sadowy played his last three seasons in the OHL for the Saginaw Spirit, before being claimed by the Red Wings last Thursday. Dylan Sadowy may not be the franchise player that the Red Wings were hoping for, but he was not a total loss. He’s listed at 6’1’’, 180 lbs and can be a unique tool to the Red Wings offense if used correctly.
Who is Dylan Sadowy?
San Jose took Sadowy in the third round of the 2014 NHL draft as the 81st overall pick. In his post-draft interview with the NHL, Sadowy talked about his skill set and style of play among other things, and what he had to say was quite interesting. He talked about how he is virtually a garbage man on the ice, saying he “drives hard to the net” and “gets a lot of the dirty goals”. He also says he is a very physical player and gets a lot of the garbage goals, hence being the garbage man. When asked about improvements, he noted his weakness in skating ability, both in acceleration and stamina. So at least we know that, at the very least, he is honest and humble about his abilities. Sadowy is no sniper or big playmaker, but he does know how to score goals, and that’s what really matters in the long run. His skill seems to lie in knowing the spots that goalies are going to leave open and putting the puck there, whether that means going five-hole when the goalie is distracted, low when the goalie covers top cheese, or high when the goalie dives in an attempt to cover. This young up-and-comer is also skilled in the art of the brawl. Sadowy does not hesitate to jump in the ring when his name is called, or even when it’s not. He is not afraid to step in for a team mate or go in for his own enjoyment. The kid likes to fight, and he’s good at it. At 6’1’’, he’s not the scariest brawler on the ice, but he is not one to mess with either.
Was it a good trade?
The Red Wings got a necessary piece to the puzzle in the garbage man Sadoway, but did the Sharks benefit too? Well, a third-round draft pick may not sound as important or glamorous as those attractive first rounders, but here’s some notable third round draft picks in the past that might change your mind: Brad Marchand, Kris Letang, Patrick Sharp, Johan Franzen, and Zdeno Chara just to name a few. So you decide, was this trade worth it?