Technically, the Arizona Coyotes made a trade. They might as well have just drafted out of Tampa Bay's system.
The Arizona Coyotes dealt their 37th overall selection to the Lightning in a straight up exchange for Anthony DeAngelo, Tampa's 1st round selection in 2014.
On paper, this looks like nothing short of a steal for the Coyotes. DeAngelo had six goals and thirty-seven assists in sixty-nine games with the Syracuse Crunch last season. He's a right handed shot, and he had 89 points in 55 games in his Draft +1 year. As a result, reaction on the Twittersphere has been positive, to say the least:
Tampa just traded one of the best offensive defensemen prospects on the planet for a mediocre two-way defender. Yikes.— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) June 25, 2016
So why on earth would Tampa part with DeAngelo? Well, his development has been rocky, to say the very least. He was healthy-scratched several times last season, and they didn't seem to have anything to do with his play.
It is the third time this year that DeAngelo has been yanked from the lineup, an alarming development for a prospect of his potential. DeAngelo is tied for the team lead in assists (17) and is third in points (20), but came to the organization with a couple of red-flag incidents in junior hockey.
A further look back at his major-junior career yields some worrying incidents.
DeAngelo was suspended twice two seasons ago, both times for verbal abuse. One outburst was directed at a teammate while another rained down on an official.
This would explain why Tampa Bay felt comfortable moving on from DeAngelo, especially with the talent the team already has at the NHL level. His temper could also prove to be a liability in the NHL, where officials don't have to (and won't) take abuse from young players.
Perhaps all DeAngelo needs is a change of scenery. And if there's one guy that's not going to tolerate disrespect towards teammates, it's Shane Doan. His upside is tantalizing enough to think that Anthony DeAngelo could make a splash almost immediately for the Coyotes. If he can put question marks about his temperament behind him, he could be a mainstay on Arizona's blue-line going forward.