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Sergei Bobrovsky's trade at the 2012 draft was a game-changer.
A small deal at the 2012 NHL draft went on to become a very big deal indeed.
Early in the day in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers traded backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for three draft choices. The Flyers selected goaltender Anthony Stolarz and left-wing Taylor Leier in 2012 with one more fourth-round pick coming this weekend.
It will take years before any of those prospects pan out, but Bobrovsky made an impact immediately in Columbus, assuming the starting role and pulling the Jackets within a whisper of a playoff spot. The Flyers could only shake their heads as Bobrovsky was awarded the 2013 Vezina trophy.
Over the years, big names such as Chris Pronger, Mats Sundin, and, of course, Eric Lindros have been dealt on draft day.
Roberto Luongo was traded from the New York Islanders to Florida at the 2000 draft and was widely rumored to have been on the move last year, although a deal wasn't completed. His name will likely be in the mix again in New Jersey, along with other stars like Ryan Miller and Kris Letang.
When all is said and done, we may see a few big names calling the movers and looking for new schools for their children after this weekend's action is complete.