Andrej Sekera has been a consistently reliable blue liner for the Carolina Hurricanes this season — and considering that they’re the Carolina Hurricanes, that speaks volumes to his credence.
The 28-year-old native of Bojnice, Czechoslovakia has played for some of the league’s franchises that are struggling the most; starting out in Buffalo in 2006-2007, he’s worked his way to a reliable top-four pairing role on a team that needs consistency and reliability. Now, he’s getting a chance to make a legitimate run for the Stanley Cup — with a team everyone has been waiting to see light it up once more.
The Los Angeles Kings have dealt their first round pick for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to the Hurricanes in exchange for the veteran blue liner, who is a -7 with nineteen points (two goals, seventeen assists) in his first fifty-seven games of the season.
In addition, they’ve sent prospect Roland McKeown to Carolina; Sekera went to Los Angeles without any supplemental pieces.
This is a good immediate move for the Kings; with Slava Voynov almost certainly on his way behind bars and his spot still unfilled in the lineup, the defending Stanley Cup champions have finally managed to supplement their roster correctly. They now look more poised than before to not only squeak into the post-season, but make a run for the cup once more.
Long-term, though, the Carolina Hurricanes have brought in a massively successful haul.
In addition to a second first-round pick for this upcoming draft, the Hurricanes managed to bring in Roland McKeown; the former second-round draft pick is a defenseman with a high talent ceiling. Should he pan out the way he’s expected to, the Hurricanes have dealt for a long-term talent who provides a big body and a dynamic game. He’s still having trouble defensively, but that’s something that the Kings had suggested he focus on this season — should he continue to improve the way all hope he will, the Carolina Hurricanes could potentially walk away from this trade with two huge assets.