Drew Stafford was born on October 30, 1985 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2004, the Buffalo Sabres drafted Stafford 13th overall in the first round. In his nine seasons in Buffalo, Stafford recorded 145 goals, 177 assists for 322 points in 563 games. After moving on from Buffalo, Stafford was acquired by the Jets in 2015. His time in Winnipeg has not been outstanding, but has not been too bad either. In about two and a half seasons in Winnipeg, Stafford recorded 34 goals, 36 assists for 70 points in 144 games.
If you put Stafford in the lineup, the lines would look like this:
In my opinion, this looks like a much more solid lineup. Vatrano and Spooner will be able to provide Stafford with many scoring chances and Stafford will be able to provide the same to them. The third line is about to look better than it has all season. Getting Hayes out of the lineup will be great for this team. The third line will get plenty of more scoring chances with Stafford on the right wing instead of Hayes. With the addition of Stafford, the B’s will have an even better chance at making the playoffs because he adds some more depth to this team.
Overall, this was a good trade made by Don Sweeney. The B’s only gave up a conditional sixth round pick to acquire Stafford which isn’t bad at all. Also remember that this year’s draft class and I believe 2018s is not as strong as previous years, so giving up that pick won’t matter in the long run. I truly believe Stafford will be a great fit on this Bruins team and I can’t wait to see him in action.