Impact of the Sami Vatanen to New Jersey Devils Trade

The Devils acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen (left) from the Ducks in exchange for a package which included Adam Henrique. (USA TODAY and Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi, and a 2018 third-round pick. New Jersey would get a conditional third-round pick in 2019 if Henrique resigns with Anaheim before the 2019 draft. The same would happen if he resigns before the 2020 draft. If there is no resigning at all, no draft pick will convey to New Jersey.

With this move by the Devils, they are telling everyone they are all in for winning a championship this season. New Jersey got another defenseman and it added depth to their blue line. Vatanen has scored one goal and recorded three assists in 15 games with Anaheim this season. His plus/minus is -6. A change of scenery will be good for him. Vatanen is known as a shutdown defenseman.

The Ducks have lacked goal scoring this year and they will get some firepower with Henrique (27 years old). He has scored four goals and recorded 10 assists in 24 games so far this season with New Jersey. His plus/minus is -6. Henrique has played with New Jersey throughout his whole career thus far. He was a third-round pick for the Devils in the 2008 draft.

In 455 games, Henrique has scored 122 goals and recorded 135 assists. His plus/minus is -13. Henrique will always be remembered for scoring the overtime winner at home in game six of the eastern conference finals in 2012 against the New York Rangers as a rookie and it sent them to the finals.

Joseph Blandisi is 23 years old and was drafted in the sixth-round by the Colorado Avalanche in 2012. It is going to be interesting whether or not Blandisi gets more reps in the AHL or if he goes to Anaheim right away. Blandisi has scored three goals and recorded 11 assists in 19 games with the Binghamton Devils (AHL) so far this season. His plus/minus is -1/ He scored three goals and recorded six assists in 27 games with New Jersey last season. His plus/minus was -10.

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