Devils Acquire Winger Andreas Johnsson from Maple Leafs

The New Jersey Devils and GM Tom Fitzgerald continued to retool their roster on Saturday, making a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils exchanged Joey Anderson for winger Andreas Johnsson.

Johnsson, 25, was selected by Toronto 202nd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. The Swedish born product finished the 2019-20 season with 8 goals, 13 assists, and 21 points through 43 games played. He is signed for three more seasons and has a cap hit of $3.4 million.

This is not the only move the Devils have made this week. On Thursday New Jersey acquired defenseman Ryan Murray from Columbus for a fifth-round pick. New Jersey also signed goaltender Corey Crawford to a two-year deal. The Devils also had three first-round draft choices last Tuesday selecting Alexander Holtz, Dawson Mercer, and Shakir Mukhamadullin. New Jersey still has $18.3 million left in cap space, with many free agents still on the board.

In my opinion, this was a good trade for the Devils. Johnsson is only 25-years-old so he still has a ton of potential left and fits in a spot where we had a hole. He is a proven top-six winger and you can insert him right in. For what we traded, I don’t think it is bad. Anderson really has not proved much in his past two seasons with New Jersey as he was sent down to Binghamton (AHL) a few times. He does have potential, but he can be shaky at times. Tom Fitzgerald may not be done yet as the Devils still have the money to fill holes in the lineup.

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