The Boston Bruins have made a trade for Winnipeg Jets’ right winger Drew Stafford in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick. The condition is, if Stafford plays 50% or more of the rest of regular season games and the Bruins go to the playoffs and win round one then the sixth round pick becomes a fourth round pick. Stafford is 31 years old and is a solid 6’2, 214 lbs. With the Jets this season, Stafford has played 40 games and only has 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points. Let’s take a better look into exactly who Drew Stafford is.
Many of you may not know how you feel about this trade. Many of you might like it and many might absolutely hate it. The one thing Bruins fans can all agree on is that he will be a better fit on this team than Jimmy Hayes. Stafford is a tough, right-handed, power winger that can win battles in front of the net as well as in other areas on the ice. Stafford has a strong shot and pretty good puck handling skills that will help the Bruins improve their third line. Right now the Bruins third line consists of Vatrano, Spooner and Hayes with Beleskey sometimes slotting in. Now that Stafford has been acquired we can imagine that he will be replacing Jimmy Hayes on the third line. Stafford’s puck handling ability will help the B’s third line score some more goals as he is a great set-up man. This move by Don Sweeney was simply to add some depth to this team heading into the final push for the playoffs. Stafford has had a pretty good career so far, but this season he has just not been producing. In Winnipeg he was on a line with Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan. His linemates weren’t making it any easier for him to score goals and his linemates aren’t known as goal scorers themselves so, how is Stafford supposed to record assists or score goals? Thorburn has 3 goals, 1 assist for 4 points in 47 games played this season. Petan has 1 goal, 11 assists for 12 points in 43 games. These guys didn’t help Stafford out much in the scoring department. Here’s a more in depth look at where he will fit on this Bruins team.
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.