Although it is rare to see waivers after the trading deadline, they are still in effect. The New York Islanders took advantage today, reports Renaud Lavoie of TVAbecause they placed the defender Grant Huton on waivers.
Not a household name at all, you might be surprised to learn that Hutton has 16 games of action this season with the Islanders. While some came earlier in the season when the team was rocked by COVID cases, the 26-year-old has climbed up the organizational depth chart, actually playing 11 straight games between March 27 and November. April 15. During that span, he averaged 13:42 of ice time per game and scored his first NHL goal. Originally enter the range with Scott Mayfieldthey had other healthy depth defenders (like Sebastien Aho), and the organization decided to send him to the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL.
Since Hutton can’t play in the NHL for another team this season, given that he would be changing teams after the trade deadline, there’s almost no chance he’ll be picked on waivers. Considering the defender also achieved unrestricted free agency at the end of this season, there’s no reason for any team to pick him up.
Hutton has 19 points in 45 games this season with Bridgeport.