Breaking News: Jets Trade Angelo Esposito for Kenndal McArdle

Posted by Drew Mindell in General Jets News,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on July 9, 2011 — 7 Comments

 

The Winnipeg Jets have swung an in-division deal, trading former 1st round choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins Angelo Esposito (20th overall, 2007,  2011-12 cap hit of $916,667 if playing in the NHL), to the Florida Panthers for Kenndal McArdle, himself a former first round choice of the Panthers (2005, 20th overall, 2011-12 NHL cap hit of $803,250).

McArdle has played 33 games for the Panthers over the past three seasons, registering 1 goal and 2 assists.

Instant Analysis: More than anything, this is a trade to see if a change of scenery can jump-start the careers of these former first round selections. So far, their NHL careers can be summed up as insignificant, but both Florida and Winnipeg are hoping that new surroundings can provide new results.

As Illegal Curve’s Richard Pollock tweeted (@ICrichyp), “McArdle is more NHL ready than Esposito and can compete for a spot right away. The Jets are creating nice competition for the bottom six forward spots.”

  • Luke Miguez

    Esposito will likely never play a game in the NHL.  His career has flown off of the tracks and at this point he struggles to even be relevant in the AHL.  He played fourth line minutes for Chicago last season and apparently looked awful in the process putting up only 3 goals and 10 assists in 57 games.

    The fact that Winnipeg was able to move him at all is impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/ICrichyp Richard Pollock

    Has had terrible injury problems to be fair.  But on his current path it will be difficult to turn into an NHLer, especially because he was always projected as a more of a top-six guy.

  • Luke Miguez

    In all honesty and injuries aside (and he did have ridiculously bad luck with injuries) I think he was overrated from the beginning.  Esposito rode Radulov’s ridiculous 152 point season for the Quebec Remparts back in 05-06 to produce his excellent rookie season.  Without Radulov around his production fell off and never picked up to its original heights.  

    Despite great heights (he was predicted to be a #1 overall pick at one point) his star was already fading as he was ending his junior career.

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  • Anonymous

    “McArdle has played 33 games for the Panthers over the past three seasons, registering 1 goal and 2 assists.” This is a trade for St.John’s , and looks to be a better player for them than Esposito , helped the system.

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  • Anonymous

    Esposito has questionable knees and a questionable work ethic.  Getting anything of value for him is simply gravy.