There have been a number of notable trades made at the trade deadline featuring draft picks that would turn into star players.
March 10, 1980 – Los Angeles Kings acquired D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ first-round pick in the 1982 Entry Draft (D PHIL HOUSLEY) -- trade completed one day before the trading deadline.
The Kings received 10-year veteran Korab, who had been a mainstay on the Sabres clubs that contended for the Stanley Cup in the mid 1970’s. The Sabres used the future first-round draft pick to select Housley out of St. Paul South (Minnesota) High School. Housley played eight seasons in a Sabres’ uniform, tallying 60+ points in each season.
March 10, 1981 – Los Angeles Kings acquired LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles' third-round pick in the 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and first-round pick in 1983 (G TOM BARRASSO).
The Kings received Martin, who posted eight seasons of 30-or-more goals and was a member of the Sabres’ famous “French Connection” line with Gilbert Perreault
and Rene Robert
. Buffalo used the future first-round draft pick to select another high school phenom, goaltender Tom Barrasso
of Acton-Boxboro (Massachusetts).
March 23, 1995 – Hartford acquired D GLEN FEATHERSTONE, D MICHAEL STEWART, a first-round pick in the 1995 Entry Draft (G JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE) and fourth-round pick in 1996 (C STEVE WASYLKO) for RW PAT VERBEEK.
Giguere led Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final and won the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 1.62 GAA and a .945 save percentage. Four years later, he helped the Ducks capture their first Stanley Cup by going 13-4 with a 1.97 GAA and .922 save percentage.
March 24, 1998 – Tampa Bay acquired LW ANDREI NAZAROV and Florida's first-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (previously acquired - C VINCENT LECAVALIER) from San Jose for D BRYAN MARCHMENT, D DAVID SHAW and Tampa Bay's first-round pick in 1998 (later traded to Nashville).
Lecavalier helped Tampa Bay win its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2004. He captured the Maurice Richard
Trophy in 2006-07 as the League's goal-scoring leader with 52.
March 24, 1998 – Tampa Bay acquired RW SANDY MCCARTHY, a third-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (BRAD RICHARDS) and a fifth-round pick in 1998 (D CURTIS RICH) from Calgary for C JASON WIEMER.
Richards was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2004 after he totaled 26 playoff points (12-14--26), including seven game-winning goals. Richards also won the Lady Byng Trophy in 2004.
March 23, 1999 – Buffalo acquired a fifth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (G RYAN MILLER) and D RHETT WARRENER from Florida for D MIKE WILSON.
In 2006-07, Miller became the first goaltender in Sabres history to record 40 victories in a season. He posted a 40-16-6 record with a 2.73 GAA and two shutouts in 63 games.
March 13, 2001 – Los Angeles acquired ADAM MAIR and a second-round pick in the 2001 Entry Draft (C MIKE CAMMALLERI) from Toronto for D AKI BERG.
Cammalleri was voted the Kings’ MVP in 2006-07, setting career highs for goals (34), assists (46), points (80), power-play goals (16), game-winning goals (five) and shots (299). He is on pace to eclipse many of those numbers with the Calgary Flames