The NHL Trade Deadline saw a number of big-name players swap franchises with the expectation of bringing their new team one step closer to every team’s ultimate goal: the Stanley Cup. April 12th might not have been the most star-studded deadline in recent memory, but these five players have made major impacts since joining their new teams.

Impact is often seen and measured numerically (goals, assists, etc.) However, impact can also be additional grit, veteran leadership, and a collection of other intangibles that a player brings to his new squad. Sometimes statistics only measure so much and a player’s on-ice impact benefits his team in ways that are not seen on a score sheet.

Here are the top five most impactful players traded at the NHL Trade Deadline.

5. Erik Gudbranson

Gudbranson played his first game for Nashville on April 17th against the Carolina Hurricanes, logging 15:40 TOI and a minus-1 rating. In the three games since, Gudbranson has finished with an even rating or better, registering over 16 minutes of ice time in each tilt. His role has grown drastically in such a short period of time, a testament to the kind of player he has been for Nashville.

According to Money Puck, Gudbransson has been solid since the trade deadline, with expected goals for over 60% in two of his four games with Nashville. He has been a solid defensive-defenseman for a team that has surged since the beginning of March, helping the Predators maintain their two-point lead over the Dallas Stars.

4. Anders Bjork

Bjork, unfortunately, pulled the short straw this deadline. He was moved from a contending team in the Boston Bruins to the bottom of the barrel in Buffalo. However, he has made the most of his opportunity, recording four points in eight games with his new team, including one assist and a near miss on a potential overtime game-winner against his former club.

At 24-years old, Bjork still has his best years in front of him and could use this expanded role on the Sabres to blossom into the player the Bruins thought he could be. Obviously, his numbers may not be as impressive due to the team he plays on now, but four points in seven games are nothing to scoff at. Of the four points, two have come against Boston, so he makes his former team wary of what they let go of.

3. Taylor Hall

Since acquiring Taylor Hall at the trade deadline, the Bruins are 6-2-0, inching closer to a postseason birth. Hall has six points in those eight games, including three goals (he tallied just two in 37 games with the Sabres). He has unquestionably been better since he was acquired, getting a jolt from joining a team that is in the midst of a playoff race.

Hall has stabilized the Bruins top-six, allowing them to spread out their offensive output and take a little of the burden off of the “perfection line.” In fact, Hall’s line has had an expected-goals for percentage of 57.8% since they were put together on April 13th, according to Money Puck. His impact has been massive and the former Hart Trophy candidate has started to regain form on an even more dangerous Bruins roster.

2. Jakub Vrana

Similar to the Hall/Bjork swap, Jakub Vrana slots behind his counterpart, Anthony Mantha on this list. He has five goals and an assist in five games since being acquired, including a four-goal game against the Dallas Stars. Vrana’s shown that his talent level will mesh well with a Detroit Red Wings youngsters, a focal point of what they hope to be the final years of a long rebuild.

According to Natural Stat Trick, he has a goals-for percentage of 70% and a scoring-chances-for of 53.97% since being acquired at the trade deadline. Vrana has been explosive, demonstrating his blazing speed and quick release over his handful of games with Detroit. At just 25-years-old, the Red Wings have an outstanding player to help rejuvenate the team and lead the rebuild.

1. Anthony Mantha

Simply put, Anthony Mantha has been on fire since the trade deadline passed. The 26-year old winger has four goals and two assists in six games since joining the Washington Capitals. Those four goals came in his first four games with the team, demonstrating his value immediately. He is shooting a whopping 30.8% with the Caps, proving why this trade’s winner is absolutely clear-cut.

In his six games with Washington, Mantha has a Corsi-For percentage of 66.05% and goals for percentage of 56.25%. Mantha has undoubtedly been one of the best acquisitions since April 12th, but his success is spread out in each game, and his ability to impress nightly makes him the best trade deadline acquisition this season.

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Boston Bruins acquire Taylor Hall from depleted Sabres