Ducks fans probably remember a trade back in 2009 that sent away fan-favorites Travis Moen and Kent Huskins in exchange for what felt like nothing at the time. And by remember I mean hold it as one of the reasons for wanting Bob Murray's head on a plate.
Moen, a much-beloved part of the 2007 Cup winning squad, was on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent due for a pay raise, and Huskins was proving himself to be a talented depth defenseman, making this trade look like a horrible deal. On top of that, it sent them to the San Jose Minnows. There was no winning ... or so it seemed.
What we may not have realized at the time was what we were getting in return. Included in that package was a sixth round selection and college sophomore at Boston University named Nick Bonino, who would finish that year in Hockey East with 50 points in 44 games, Frozen Four All-Tournament Team honors, and a National Championship.
Now after waiting another three years or so, Bonino is finally delivering on the promise he showed as a collegiate athlete, and in turn is making that deal with San Jose look a lot sweeter (perhaps even more so when you look at how bare the Sharks' prospect cupboard is these days).
It's easy to give the man credit after scoring his first career hat trick against the most-hated of rivals Los Angeles Kings, and I'm not going to take away anything from that stellar performance. What I am here to say is Bonino's play has been stellar this season, even when he hasn't been on the scoresheet.
Nick Bonino Has Earned His Spot
Anaheim Calling | Feb 7