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Evaluating the Erixon trade

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- On June 1, Calgary Flames general manager was forced to deal prospect Tim Erixon as the young defenceman refused to sign an entry-level contract with the club.

The defenceman felt he wouldn't have a legitimate shot at cracking the roster this season and was willing to take his chances in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft if his rights were not traded by the club.

Feaster opted to ship his rights and a fifth-round draft pick to New York Rangers in exchange for forward Roman Horak and two second-round picks.

Here's a look at how each player involved in the trade has fared so far this season:

Roman Horak: The 20 year-old pivot surprised everyone by turning in an exceptional performance in training camp and earning a roster spot with the Flames. Horak's maturity and on-ice vision set him apart from his fellow prospects and allowed him to blend in with the Flames veteran roster. At one point, head coach Brent Sutter compared the youngster with veteran Alex Tanguay in terms of their playmaking abilities. He began the season centering the Flames third line, with Rene Bourque and Niklas Hagman flanking him. The pivot has one point in his four games played with the Flames. The Rangers drafted Horak in the fifth-round of the 2009 Draft, 127th overall.

Markus Granlund: The Flames drafted the winger 45th overall this summer after seeing the Finn notch 20 goals and 52 points through 40 games with HIFK U-20 squad. The 18 year-old has already picked up four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games with HIFK Helsinki, a professional men's team in his home country. The transition to playing with men has went extremely well for Granlund thanks to his excellent hockey sense. He sees the ice very well and has the poise to make sensible, level-headed plays. His contract with the club runs until 2013.

Tyler Wotherspoon: Chosen 57th overall this summer, Wotherspoon is a key component on the Portland Winterhawks backend and will be utilized in all situations by the coaching staff thanks to his impressive play over the past couple of years in the organization. He has great work ethic and his compete level rivals that of teammate and Flames prospect Sven Baertschi - a known workhorse around the WHL. Wotherspoon has played in five games with the Winterhawks this season, accruing three points (three assists) in that span. He currently has a plus-three rating.

Tim Erixon: While the blueliner had high hopes he'd make the roster in New York, the Rangers opted to assign him to their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, during the Blueshirts final cut. However, due to Marc Staal's post-concussion symptoms, New York recalled him on Oct. 5 in order to fill the hole on their blueline. Erixon has played in four games with the Rangers, picking up a plus-two rating. He has yet to collect his first NHL point.

Shane McColgan: The Rangers selected the right winger 134th overall, looking to add a fiesty presence in their forward prospect group. Despite only standing 5-foot-8, the forward is known for never backing down to any opponent. The Manhattan Beach, CA native has spent the last two seasons with Kelowna Rockets, collecting 46 goals and 135 points in that time. He's played in eight games this campaign and has a goal and 10 points.

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