On Saturday night, it was announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks have made a fairly significant trade by sending defender Olli Maatta to Chi Town to bring striker Dominik Kahun. Pittsburgh also adds a fifth round in trading.
The letter was on the wall for Maatta to be shipped out of town as he had a poor 2018-19 season and was a healthy scratch in the last three games of the playoffs.
What can the pens expect from Kahun in the future? What kind of player is he? Let's dive into a quick and dirty Saturday night scouting report.
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Pretty interesting and unique, and certainly a path that is less traveled. Kahun came to the OHL as an import player, but never really got going and was not drafted in 2013 and 2014 and then returned to Europe. He played in the German league and scored five points in the 2018 Olympics in seven games (2 goals plus 3 assists). Chicago has signed him for last season, and as a 23-year-old NHL rookie, he has scored 37 points in 82 games in the series.
This is quite cheap, Kahun will be in the second and last year of his entry-level contract in 2019-2020 was a profit of $ 925,000. He will be a limited free agent in the summer of 2020. That's good news for the pens to dump Maatta on his $ 4.083 million cap hit for a one-million-streaker: Has a good level of skill and skill for the highest level. Can play all three striker positions, which also contributes to his total value for a team. Is also pretty responsible.
Mistake: Lacking size and strength, he has to prove himself on professional ice rinks in North America (which are narrower than those in Europe). Must shoot more on the puck.
Career potential: Experienced, versatile striker with some advantages.
performance in the season 2018-19.
As a NHL freshman, Kahun had a pretty decent year last year. From Second City Hockey last month:
Kahun finished eighth in the Blackhawks with 13 goals and 37 points. Artem Anisimov scored more goals than he did, but Kahun had more assists. In a 5-on-5 win, Kahun's points were 60 per cent (1.89) and the primary points per 60 (1.59) were both fifth in the team. He had the seventh-best wins over Replacement at 0.8 and the seventh-best goals over Replacement at 4.8 below the Blackhawks.
Not just killing Kahun completely, but a young, not large, non-physical player born in the Czech Republic does not score many goals (13 in 82 games in the last year), but has solid scores and is secondary Option? Sounds a bit like another Dominik, Dominik Simon. Kahun probably has a bit more playing skills, so I'm not saying they are clones or anything like that, but the similarities have definitely rung a bell for me. In particular, with the summary of SCH:
Kahun should also play an important (albeit limited) role in the Blackhawks next season. He is a player capable of being inserted into the middle six, and may occasionally play in the first if the need arises.
The nastiest statistics
SCH explained this:
The positive ~ 1 Kahun has In each of the offensive goals for, expected goals and corsi as well as in the defensive expected goals this means that he is about 0.5 to 0 , 67 standard deviations is better than the average – basically, this means that Kahun does his job well. The negative in the powerplay goals for and Corsi means he's one standard deviation worse than the average in powerplay, which is … not good
Kahun had only two powerplay points in 87 minutes all season. If this is an indication, it should not be used with this group. But he is a positive player of equal strength and good things happen to him on the ice at 5 vs. 5, which is good!
This is a pretty sight, many offensive opportunities for Chicago last year, when Kahun was on the ice. However, as with many of his teammates, Kahun does not seem to have repressed much and often plays in a run-n-gun style with lots of activity on both ends of the ice as you check his odds.
So, stylistically, Kahun should definitely fit in with a team from Pittsburgh that also has a high octane rating and is not afraid to swap chances at either end of the rink. And this is a point that makes a difference to Simon who can suppress shots.
It was nice to see him on the net, and there was a certain habit of scoring goals in redirects or broken plays or little things in front of them. There are some nice hands to see, but it is a highlight under the gates, and he scored only 13 goals in 82 games.
When the pens were a great team, they had the second and even the third option on lines. Call them passengers, support the players, whatever you want. People like Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Carl Hagelin, Bryan Rust. I'm not sure if Kahun is in the shape of most of the players who were all grim predecessors, but Kahun has already shown he can score 37 points per game in the NHL in 14 minutes. If he's good for about one point in any other game of this kind and gets into the top 9, that's good.
Better, the pens urgently needed the flexibility of the salary cap, and a $ 4 million defender for $ 925,000 wingers also makes a lot of sense.
This does not look like a great slam dunk trade on day one, but it does help rebalance a team that has too many defensive salary commitments and needs a bit more skill in advance. This deal seems to offer that, with a qualifier where Kahun probably will not make a difference. He's a man in a team, but he proved in 2018 to 2019 that he can be productive and help in 5-on-5 mode on every line you want to put him on. Such players are useful and the pens should make good use of them.