New Jersey Devils: Acquire P.K. Subban in a Draft Day Trade
New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero was too content with his roster last offseason and he didn’t make enough moves. Because of it, New Jersey finished with the worst record in the Metropolitan Division. They got the number one overall pick in the NHL Draft and the Devils took centerman Jack Hughes. This pick was a no brainer for them and he could be a potential franchise-changing player for them.
New Jersey stole the show once again on draft day by acquiring defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators for defenseman Steven Santini, defenseman Jeremy Davies, a 2019 second-round draft pick (happened in the NHL Draft on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver), and a 2020 second-round pick.
Subban is 30 years old and he is one of the best defensemen in the league when he is healthy. This was a great trade by the New Jersey Devils because they did not have to give up any key prospects in this trade.
P.K. Subban played in 63 games last season and he scored nine goals and recorded 22 assists. His plus/minus was 5.
He will be under contract for the next three seasons and Subban will have a cap hit of $9 million. I am surprised that the Nashville Predators gave him away for not a whole lot, but I guess it was important for them to get some salary cap relief.
Steven Santini is 24 years old. In 39 games played last season, he scored one goal and recorded three assists. His plus/minus was -6.
Jeremy Davies is 22 years old and he was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Davis signed an entry-level deal with New Jersey this past season.
In 37 games with Northeastern University (NCAA), Davies scored eight goals and recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus was 8.
This trade by the New Jersey Devils means they are ready to get back to the playoffs for the second time in three years this upcoming season. They need to make a couple of more moves before they come serious Stanley Cup Contenders, but this offseason is off to a nice start for them.
Taylor Hall is also in the final year of his contract and Ray Shero wants to give him a reason to stay in town. New Jersey should have a bright future ahead of them.
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