Per Jesse Spector, the Rangers have shipped defenseman Tomas Kundratek to the Washington Capitals in exchange for right winger Francois Bouchard. Bouchard was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Capitals while Kundratek was a 2008 third round selection by the Rangers.
Seems to me like a scenery change trade to some extent but also largely a positional trade. The Rangers have a major surplus of defensemen at all levels and Kundratek was most likely not going to find a spot on the Rangers’ blue-line any time soon, if ever. A victim of numbers.
Francois Bouchard is an interesting player. He put up huge numbers in junior hockey, and but has struggled to consistently contribute at the AHL level. He put up a respectable 21 goals and 52 points during the 2009-2010 season but dropped last season, scoring only 12 goals. This season, he’s pointless in the nine games he’s played. Bouchard clearly has some offensive potential but at 23 years old the clock is ticking. The Connecticut Whale are missing some offensive flair, and with Kundratek unneeded and underwhelming this is not a bad gamble for the Rangers to take.
With the trade, Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto are the only remaining 2008 NHL Draft selections still in the organization.