Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 11/8/11

The New York Rangers have traded prospect defenseman Tomas Kundratek to the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Francois Bouchard, according to the team. Kundratek was a third-round pick of the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and spent all of last season with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL as well as the beginning of this season. He recorded 2 goals and 12 points in 70 games played in 2010-11. 

Francois Bouchard was drafted the by the Capitals 35th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, and at the time was a player that the organization had very high hopes for. After a 52-point season with the Hershey Bears two years ago, Bouchard's numbers dropped severely last season and his stock in the organization dropped as well. In nine games this season he has zeros across the board. 

There's not a whole lot to judge this trade on yet since these are two AHL players at the moment, but for GM Glen Sather it makes sense since he is unloading a surplus defenseman for a needed skilled forward. Granted Bouchard's numbers have dropped lately, the skill is still there. Hopefully new scenery will help him find it. 

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