The Devils traded left wing Colin Wilson in a deal to Vancouver a few weeks ago after a long and disappointing tenure with the team. A former top prospect with the Devils when he was drafted 8th overall in 2008, Wilson never quite lived up to the billing as a top line player. He had the size, the offense and the willingness to be a force on the ice but he never quite put it together. The team still doesn't know quite where it went wrong but they do sincerely hope he can find whatever was missing and become the player they expected him to be. He leaves New Jersey after putting up a meager 90 points in 305 games including just 33 goals. When drafted the team had hoped he would be able to put up 33 goals in one season by the time he was 26, not over the entirety of his NEFHL career. Looking back at the lack of talent drafted after Wilson, it doesn't hurt as much to make a bad pick but obviously guys like John Carlson (11th), Erik Karlsson (18th) or Jordan Eberle (21st) would have be been better. 2008 did produce some non NHLers in the first round of the NEFHL draft so I guess to some degree getting a guy who can fit onto the 2nd or 3rd line is better than nothing. With a top 10 pick you gotta hope for more of an impactful player though.
Now that C Dubs is gone though, it brings two new players to the team. Patrick Maroon is a replacement for Wilson this season in the NEFHL as he had an impressive 21 points in 25 games with the Canucks before the trade. He has carried that somehwat to his new team putting up 5 points in 7 games but it also a -3. The team hopes he can turn that around but continue to use his size to help players like Kane or Strome or whoever he might play with. The real point of the trade was Russian forward Vladislav Kamenev. The first pick of the 2nd round in the 2014 NEFHL draft, Kamenev comes to the Devils already playing in the AHL with good numbers and is currently representing Russia in the 2016 WJC. The team thinks his future will be as a center who can hopefully be a 20+20 kind of player with good size who can win battles along the boards and be a dangerous player in the offensive zone. If he can develop into an all around player that would be great but the team is hoping he can fulfill some of the potential Wilson never did. The consensus around the league seemed to be Wilson was sold cheaply which could be true, but the team was looking to make a change and it was a deal that felt like it made sense. Replace the production this year that losing Wilson would cause while also getting a prospect would could be viewed as a top 5 prospect in the system.