The Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks partnered for a flip of young defensemen on Thursday, with the Panthers sending Colby Robak out West in exchange for Jesse Blacker and a conditional draft pick.
Robak, 24, is the more vested of the two, having played in 42 career NHL contests (all coming with Florida). He’s appeared in seven games for the Cats this season, scoring no points while recording two PIM.
Blacker, 23, made his NHL debut with the Ducks this year and, to date, it remains his first and only big-league game. Like Robak, Blacker is a former second-round pick (Robak was taken 46th overall in ’08, Blacker 58th in ’09); he was originally selected by Toronto, but moved to Anaheim last year as part of the Peter Holland trade.
On the surface, the move seems to address Anaheim’s need for a NHL-ready defenseman. Francois Beauchemin, Mark Fistric, Ben Lovejoy and the recently-acquired Eric Brewer are all shelved with injuries and, as such, the Ducks were rolling with a thinned out defense against Philly last night, featuring Clayton Stoner, Cam Fowler, Mat Clark, Josh Manson, Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.