Jim Rutherford has pulled off some epic blue-line heists during his time in Pittsburgh. Acquiring Trevor Daley for Rob Scuderi. Liberating Justin Schultz from Edmonton. Picking up Marcus Pettersson for top prospect-turned-AHL also-ran Daniel Sprong. But he may have done his finest work this past summer, when he sent a sixth-round pick to the Oilers for John Marino.
At the time, it seemed like a low-profile deal to provide more defensive prospect depth. Instead, Marino has been brilliant on both sides of the puck while making a legitimate case for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.