New York Rangers: Ranking the best of the Rick Nash trade

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 20: Dwight King
MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 20: Dwight King /
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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Brandon Saad
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Brandon Saad /

#4: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets got a lot out of this trade for sending their captain away.

Their return included two starters in Anisimov and Dubinsky, and also Kerby Rychel who had limited NHL time with the Blue Jackets.

The first round pick that the Blue Jackets used to take Rychel with was the 19th overall pick in the draft. He played just 37 games as a Blue Jacket and registered 12 points. Rychel was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs last June in exchange for defenseman Scott Harrington and future considerations.

Harrington is just 23 years old and had a good year for the Blue Jackets. He played in 22 games with three points and a +3 rating. He shows lots of promise for the future and could see an increased role this year.

Dubinsky is still with the Blue Jackets and has logged almost 200 points in a little over 300 games since the trade.

Anisimov was traded to the Blackhawks last year in a part of a big package for Brandon Saad. In turn, the Blue Jackets later used Saad to later acquire young star Artemi Panarin from the Blackhawks.

All in all, the Blue Jackets gave up their captain for Dubinsky, Panarin, and a young defenseman with upside. Not a bad return at all.