The Winnipeg Jets have finally gotten their centre. They have acquired Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues for their 2018 first round pick, Erik Foley, and a conditional fourth rounder (2020). The Blues retained 50% of Statsny’s salary.
The Winnipeg Jets have acquired forward Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, forward Erik Foley and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.— Winnipeg Jets PR (@WpgJetsPR) February 26, 2018
This is the move that the Jets have needed to make as they do not know how well Adam Lowry will hold up during the rest of the regular season and playoffs. This also should push Matt Hendricks out of the lineup which is addition by subtraction.
Stastny should take over the third line centre position from Andrew Copp and play between Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. Stastny has 40 points in 63 games this year including 12 goals. This moves also signals that the Blues are selling, weakening the Central Division for the Jets.
The Jets are still reportedly looking for a defenceman to add to their depth in that position.
As for the conditions of the deal, #NHLJets will only surrender the 2020 4th-rounder if F Erik Foley doesn't sign a contract with #stlblues by Aug. 16 of 2019. Would say there's a better than average chance Foley leaves Providence College after his junior season.— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) February 26, 2018