Leafs trade Winnik, 5th round pick to Washington for Brooks Laich, 2nd round pick, Connor Carrick

With notes from Adam Laskaris.

I hope you weren’t sleeping, because the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office sure isn’t. 

The Leafs have traded Daniel Winnik and Anaheim’s fifth-round pick in 2016 to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Brooks Laich, Washington’s second-round pick in 2016 and prospect Connor Carrick.

Laich comes to Toronto with a cap hit of $4.5M this year and next; with just 7 points through 60 games so far this season, it’s a pretty obvious salary dump for the Capitals. In return for eating his salary, the Leafs move up three rounds in the draft and pick up a prospect.

While fans are likely most familiar with Laich, and also excited about adding another second-round pick, it’s Connor Carrick (no relation to Sam) that might be the biggest piece of Toronto’s return.

Carrick, 21, was a fifth-round pick of the Capitals in 2012 out of the U.S. National Development Program. After a season-long stint in the OHL with the now defunct Plymouth Whalers, Carrick made Washington’s opening night roster during the 2013-14 season and appeared in 34 games in his rookie year. Since then, he’s spent the majority of his time with AHL Hershey – over two seasons, the right-handed Carrick has scored 18 goals and 71 points in 132 games played. 

At 5’11, 191lbs, Carrick lacks size. However, his skating ability and offensive gifts should be enough to cement his place on an NHL roster. He’s likely not a top-pairing guy, but could develop into a point-producing second or third-pairing defender and power-play regular. 

This is, by and large, an excellent return for a bottom-six forward and some cap space. In adding that second-round pick, Toronto now has eight selections in the first four rounds of this summer’s draft, and Carrick immediately becomes one of Toronto’s best defensive prospects – maybe even top ten in the system.

  • TGT23

    Daniel Winnik is a 2nd Round Pick machine. Thank you, Winnik!

    I’ll gladly take a prospect with upside and a 2nd Round pick for Daniel Winnik and to take on a year of Brooks Laich. We need players to play next year, anyway. Maybe trade him next year for something, lol.

    So, to recap: Two 1st’s – Two 2nd’s – Two 3rd’s – Two 4th’s in 2016. One 1st – Three 2nd’s – (no 3rd) – One 4th in 2017. One 1st – Two 2nd’s – (no 3rd) – Two 4th’s in 2018.

    18 picks in the first four rounds over the next three drafts. 10 picks in the last three rounds over the same time period. 28 picks in three years. 28 rolls of the dice.

    Nevermind Leipsic, Marner, Nylander, Brown, Kap, Johnson, Nielson, Loov, Timashov, Harrington, Carrick, Dermott to go with Gardiner, JVR, Reilly, Kadri, Leivo, Percy, Corrado…

    Just… I’m just so happy with the bedrock of the future being created. And we could still see some more picks get brought in tomorrow. And during the draft (Trading down Pittsburgh’s 1st for two 2nd’s like they did Nashville’s pick last year?)…

    How can anyone not be optimistic with the rebuild Luo, Shanny, Dubas, Prinham, and Hunter are overseeing?

    • Gary Empey

      The Leafs are nicely setup for the upcoming draft. All these extra picks will allow them to move up the draft when they see a kid they really want to pick.

      • TGT23

        They can move up, they can move down, they can stand pat. They have all the pieces they need to do anything they want and, I truly believe, the braintrust to make the right decisions.

  • Gary Empey

    Connor Carrick
    Defense — shoots R

    Born Apr 13 1994 — Orland Park, IL
    [21 yrs. ago]

    Height 5.10 — Weight 191

    2015-16 –Hershey Bears – AHL -46 (games) – 10 (goals) – 15 (Assists) – (50 – PIM)

  • not_SorjeBalming

    winnik got us 2 2nd round picks and a 4th… he’s the real MVP!! good luck in Washington. go win the cup! you definitely deserve it for your hard work and services