The San Jose Sharks made one of the more under-the-radar moves of draft weekend, when they sent a second round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for restricted free agent center Tyler Kennedy. The two sides later agreed to a two-year contract.
This is a move that should work out extremely well for the Sharks, as well as Kennedy. Kennedy gets the change of scenery he was looking for, as all the star power in Pittsburgh had him pretty much buried on the depth chart. The Sharks get the center they were looking for in acquiring the soon-to-be 26-year-old.
The 2013 season wasn’t too kind to Kennedy. He had just 11 points in 46 games on the year, logging just over a dozen minutes per game, with a little bit of time coming on the power play. It’s pretty clear that a change of scenery was necessary, one he’ll see with the Sharks.
The Sharks were in need of a winger, and Kennedy obviously fits that bill. Not only is he the body in the lineup that they were looking for, he’s also a versatile player. He can log minutes on a checking line role, but the main reason he was brought in is that he’s capable of playing up in the top six.
San Jose was looking for a forward to compliment their top forwards, especially with Martin Havlat‘s outlook for the 2013-14 season looking pretty bleak. We know that he can produce in the right situation, as he’s scored 20 goals in a season before. He plays bigger than his 5’11” size might indicate as well.
Overall, this is a signing that should be extremely beneficial for the Sharks. They get the type of player that they were looking for, along with a guy who now has something to prove. In a top six role, we could see Kennedy be a regular contributor with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14.