Some trades work out, some trades do not. When the Columbus Blue Jackets traded for forward Max Domi in 2020, the hope was that he would continue his solid play. Yet, his numbers went down in the final year of his contract this season, Domi is eligible to be a unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season, Monday afternoon Columbus shipped Domi to the Carolina Hurricanes for young defensemen Aidan Hreschuk. So what do the Blue Jackets have in Aidan Hreschuk? I can tell you there is a lot to like, let’s dive in.
Aidan Hreschuk has a very strong two way game. A very smooth skater with good speed, Hreschuk’s stickhandling really stands out. His passing is elite and his ability to skate through neutral zone in order to generate strong zone entries also stands out.
In the defensive end Hreschuk is a bit of a work in progress. The skill is there, he is quick to jump in the rush up ice which at times has cost him getting back and helping in the defensive duties.
One thing Columbus Blue Jackets fans will like is Aidan Hreschuk is a physical player who enjoys battling hard on the boards as well as in front of the net. While just 19 years old and playing this year at Boston College, Hreschuk will need to add muscle to his frame.
Aidan Hreschuk has the potential to grow into a top four defensemen. Playing at Boston College was a good step in his development as will playing in the Blue Jackets minor leagues. Fans who like Andrew Peeke should also like Aidan Hreschuk who plays just about as physical a game.
Time will tell, but I actually like this trade. The Blue Jackets get rid of a player on an expiring contract and get a young defensive player with a lot of upside.