If Carolina beats the New York Rangers in the qualifying round and Vatanen plays in 70% of the Hurricanes' games after the play-in, New Jersey will acquire the Canes' 2020 third-round pick, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Should the Hurricanes beat the Rangers and Vatanen play in less than 70% of playoff contests, it will depend on how many games he played against the Rangers. If he plays at least twice and Carolina wins the series, the Devils get a 2020 fourth-round pick. But if he makes two appearances and the Rangers win, the Hurricanes can send a 2020 or 2021 fourth-round pick, according to Friedman.
Finally, if Vatanen doesn't appear in at least two games against the Rangers, the Devils won't receive a pick, Friedman adds.
At the time of the trade, Carolina agreed to surrender a 2020 fourth-round selection if Vatanen played in five regular-season games. The pick would have become a 2020 third-rounder if he played in 12 regular-season contests or 70% of playoff games.
The 29-year-old defenseman didn't get a chance to suit up in a regular-season game for Carolina due to a lingering injury. After playing in the Hurricanes' exhibition game this week, he's expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of the play-in round beginning Saturday.