The Florida Panthers made a move before the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday as they acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Dylan McIlrath a conditional 2017 third-round draft pick. It the Panthers make the playoffs this season then Detroit would get the higher third-round pick that the Cats have from the Arizona Coyotes.
Vanek has 15 goals and 23 points in 48 games this season for the Red Wings. Prior to that, he played for the Minnesota Wild for two seasons and compiled 39 goals in 154 games. Vanek was with the Buffalo Sabres for nine seasons to begin his NHL career.