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Golden Knights, Flyers, Predators pull off blockbuster 3-team trade

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 17: Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators looks on prior to Game One of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on May 17, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)|NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 29: Nolan Patrick #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers plays the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the game at Prudential Center on April 29, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The Vegas Golden Knights, Philadelphia Flyers, and Nashville Predators have pulled off a massive three-team trade. In total, four players were involved in the deal. Ryan Ellis and Nolan Patrick were unquestionably the biggest players involved in the trade.

Below is a breakdown of which player is heading to which team:

To Philadelphia: Ryan Ellis

To Nashville: Phillipe Myers and Cody Glass

To Vegas: Nolan Patrick

Flyers get an elite defenceman

The Philadelphia Flyers have gained an elite defenceman in this trade. Ellis, still only 30 years old, is a terrific offensive defenceman who’s solid on the defensive end.

Ellis has spent the entirety of his career so far as a member of the Nashville Predators. The right-shot defenceman is a one-time All-Star. His career-high in points is 41, and he achieved this in the 2018-19 season.

Golden Knights acquire a former No. 2 overall pick

The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired a former No. 2 overall pick in the likes of Nolan Patrick. Patrick was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Coming into the NHL, Patrick was a highly-touted prospect. He played four years for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL before coming into the NHL. He was terrific in those four seasons, even eclipsing the 100-point mark in his third season with the team. Since then, Patrick’s hype has diminished quite a bit.

So far, in his three seasons in the pros, the right-shot winger hasn’t been nearly the player he was in the minor leagues. His career-high in points is just 31. Patrick has also been very injury-riddled in his short career thus far. He also has a serious concussion history, dating back to his time before the NHL. The Golden Knights will surely be hoping Patrick can stay healthy and productive on his new franchise.

Predators acquire two young, talanted players

Fresh off a first-round exit at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs, the Nashville Predators seem to be headed towards a rebuild. In this three-team trade, the Predators acquired two talented and young players.

Cody Glass was the sixth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. Glass hasn’t yet panned into the player many thought he would be. The 22-year-old has also played minimal games in the NHL so far in his career. On the other hand, Phillipe Myers was an undrafted free agent signed by the Flyers in 2015. Myers is still only 24-years-old and has tons of upside.

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