With their first trade of the day, the New Jersey Devils have acquired a 3rd round pick from the Colorado Avalanche for Eric Gelinas. According to the Devils' twitter, the pick is for 2017, regarded as a deeper draft than 2016.
Gelinas, who had been in and out of the line up this year has only 6 points in 34 games this year. While his shot is highly regarded around the NHL, he has one goal this year and has suffered in the defensive end.
While Gelinas broke on the scene in 2013-2014 season, putting up 29 points in 60 games, his production has steadily declined since then. With only 19 points in 61 games last year, Gelinas' offense had declined but he was still contributing some on the power play. However, by the end of his time in New Jersey, it had become evident Gelinas was no longer in the long-term plans of the team and coaching staff.
As noted by Steve, the waiver claim today likely made this move possible for the team and moved Gelinas even further down the depth chart, especially with Helgeson moving ahead of him during his call-ups.
With the 2017 pick, the Devils have replenished the pick spent in the trade for Rutuu at the deadline two years ago. This pick could be used by New Jersey or included in a trade for a young winger, similar to the Kyle Palmieri trade at the draft.
Will the trade for Gelinas end up a positive for New Jersey with the third round pick? How do you see his development coming along in Colorado? What are your thoughts and suggestions for the 2017 3rd rounder? Let us know your thoughts and thank you for reading!