Now that the NHL trade deadline has come and gone as of Wednesday afternoon (with some deals not officially announced until up to an hour thereafter), we can fully assess the haul that each team received.
Some of the big names that were moved -- Ryan Miller, Martin St. Louis, Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson included -- will help their teams during the stretch run and the postseason. In other situations, the players involved are still prospects, and their immediate future isn't quite as clear.
The following is my analysis on the key prospects dealt in the days leading to the deadline, including where each player fits in to his new team's long-term plans.
F Andre Petersson is a small forward with fantastic hands who can flash elite vision and good speed. However, he's really small -- 5-foot-10, 176 pounds -- and his physical game makes him questionable in terms of jumping to the NHL level. He's a former top-level prospect who hasn't really broken through in North America.
F Hudson Fasching has had a significant breakout season following his draft campaign, producing one of the top freshman seasons in recent years skating for the University of Minnesota; he has 12 goals and 15 assists in 31 games. Fasching was also a top player for Team USA at the most recent IIHF World Junior Championship, skating on the "grind" line. His ability to play at a high level as an underage forward in that tournament is not a common occurrence. Fasching drew praise for his skill level in his draft season, having a good frame but lacking in the other areas of the game. In a short period of time, that's completely turned around.
In 2013-14, Fasching has displayed great physicality, work ethic and defensive value. His consistency issues are a thing of the past. Fasching was a fourth-round pick in 2013, but was an honorable mention for my top 50 overall drafted prospects during my midseason update. Fasching is likely still a year or two away, but he has the potential to be a significant top-six forward who contributes in all areas of the game. Even in a deep Sabres system, he could be considered a top-five prospect in their organization.