Alexander Barabanov should revitalize his season with the Avalanche
This final trade came down to Mike Hoffman and Alexander Barabanov, but the latter, when healthy, has shown us recently that he can be a potentially high-impact player. Despite just nine points in 31 games this season and struggling with injuries, let’s remember how well Barabanov produced last season when he put up 47 points in 68 contests.
He can also play top-six minutes if needed, and he’s also an asset on the power play, as 13 of his 47 points came when the Sharks played at 5-on-4. Overall, Barabanov is one of those players who will more than benefit in the right situation, and if he maintains his health.
In this situation, he goes to the Colorado Avalanche, who can use a little more depth at forward. A player who has shown he can find the net in the past would be an ideal fit, and Barabanov’s 12.5 shooting percentage from the previous season fits that mold.
While this looks like a tough trade for the Avalanche considering their lack of cap space, they will trade Ryan Johansen, a fourth-round pick in 2024, and a third-rounder in 2025 to San Jose. This wouldn’t bring in a prospect, but the Sharks are still getting a mid-round pick this year and next year, plus a potential leader in Johansen, something they will need in a rebuild, even if the center has struggled lately.
(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of February 9th, salary information provided by Cap-Friendly)