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 obtained D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles' first-round choice in 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 obtained LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles' third-round choice in 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and first-round choice in the 1983 Entry Draft (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 obtained D GLEN FEATHERSTONE, D MICHAEL STEWART and a first-round pick in the 1995 Entry Draft (JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE) and a fourth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft for RW PAT VERBEEK.
Giguere led Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 1.62 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.
March 24, 1998 - Tampa Bay traded D BRYAN MARCHMENT and D DAVID SHAW and a first round draft choice (later traded to Nashville) to San Jose for ANDREI NAZAROV and a first round draft choice in 1998 (C VINCENT LECAVALIER).
Lecavalier helped Tampa win its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2004. He currently leads the NHL in goals (39).
March 24, 1998 - Tampa Bay obtained RW SANDY MCCARTHY, a third-round draft pick in 1998 (BRAD RICHARDS) and a fifth-round choice from Calgary for C JASON WIEMER.
Richards has developed into a pivotal center for the Lightning. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2004 after he totaled 26 points (12-14--26) in the post season, including seven game-winning goals. Richards also won the Lady Byng trophy in 2004.
March 23, 1999 - Buffalo obtained a fifth-round pick (G RYAN MILLER) and D RHETT WARRENER from Florida for D MIKE WILSON.
Miller helped the Sabres tie an NHL record by winning their first 10 games of the season in 2006-07. In 44 games this season he has posted a .913 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average, while registering 28 wins.
March 13, 2001 - Los Angeles obtained ADAM MAIR and a second-round pick in the 2001 Entry Draft (MIKE CAMMALLERI) from Toronto for 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).