Josh Manson Traded To Colorado

Photo: AP

By Michael Walters

Josh Manson has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche. According to Kevin Weekes of ESPN, the Ducks will receive prospect Drew Helleson and a 2023 draft pick. The draft pick is a second rounder and Anaheim is retaining 50% of Manson’s salary for the rest of the season per Elliotte Friedman. The Anaheim Ducks later confirmed the trade.

Manson was out since January 29th with a hand injury and just returned to action this past weekend. The Ducks didn’t rush him back to allow his hand to heal properly so it would be a non-factor in trade talks. He has been a Duck since the 2014-15 season. He recorded 113 total points (26 goals + 87 assists). His on ice rating was +39 and he had 431 penalty minutes.

Drew Helleson is a solid 20-year old defenseman with a good hockey IQ. He skates well and can handle the puck with patience. He is a good two-way defenseman who can shut down the top players on the opposing team. He also has good size being 6’3″ and weighing in at 204 pounds.

He was drafted in the second round of 2019. He spent the last three years playing at Boston College. He had 46 total points (9 goals + 37 assists) in those three seasons. He played a top four defensemen role for Team USA when they won gold at the WJC in 2021.

Update on 3-15-22:

Helleson signed an entry level contract(ELC), which starts in 2022-23 according to Cap Friendly. He will likely sign an amateur tryout(ATO) to play with the Gulls for the rest of this season. His ELC isn’t eligible to slide a year, which is why his deal won’t start until next season.


General Manager Pat Verbeek said he didn’t want his UFAs to walk for nothing. He either wanted to re-sign them or trade them and so far he is one-for-one with the big three(Manson, Rickard Rakell, and Hampus Lindholm). It seemed inevitable Manson was going to get traded. The Ducks kept him out of action for an extended amount of time and Verbeek picked up Andrej Sustr off waivers in the meantime. There were also several reports Verbeek wasn’t talking to Manson’s camp as he has been more focused on Lindholm.

Overall, this is a good trade for Anaheim as this will help with the rebuild and Manson didn’t walk at the end of the season with nothing in return. Verbeek was able to get a second round pick for Manson and a prospect who plays similar to him. Helleson could very end up being a younger version of Manson. The Ducks only had to retain salary for the next seven weeks in order to get a 2nd round pick or it likely would have been a 3rd instead.

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March 14th, 2022


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