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Trade Review: 2 Years Later

New Jersey Devils trade Colin Wilson to Vancouver Canucks for Patrick Maroon and Vladislav Kamenev

I was a big fan of C-Dubs picking him 8th overall in the 2008 NEFHL draft and was very happy I was able to land him after losing on out Stamkos to the lottery. He had an amazing year at BU with 35 points and was poised the next season to break that with 55 points in 43 games plus a starring role in the WJC. A solid stint in the AHL and he never looked back, playing only in the NHL since - but unfortunately not to the capacity I would have hoped. After being billed a top 10 prospect a year after he was drafted, he's mangaed to only put together 245 points in 530 games and for the most part has been a 20+20 type of player at best, more in the range of 15 goals a year. So after years of disappointment I finally cut him loose a couple years ago for salary dump Patrick Maroon and solid but not top prospect Vladislav Kamenev. Nothing earth shattering, but I felt it had to be done before he was not going to be worth much of anything, about all he had going at that point was a good NEFHL contract and solid NHL playoff performance.

Wilson managed a very solid 28 points in 47 games for the Nucks while sitting at a +14, a good contribution to the team. The Canucks dealt him to Ottawa after that season in a big trade and he suffered through a 6 point 82 game season in 2016-2017 in NEFHL. This year he's a little more back on track however he only has 4 goals in 41 games to go with 18 points. With only 8 points in 28 games for Colorado in the NHL it's hard to see Wilson ever being anything more and potentially his best days are behind him.

Going back to the Devils, Maroon was sensational after the trade getting 45 points in 49 games and managing to get to the all star game, his season total being 83 games with 18+55 for 73 points and +28. Last year for the Devils in a trying year for the team he still managed to vastly outproduce Wilson with 11 goals and 32 points while making a cheap 1.8 million. His resurgance in the NHL brought interest in him this past summer as his 27 goals playing for Edmonton and his cheap contract meant he was soon to leave NJ for Florida for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and a 2nd round pick. He only has 14 points in NEFHL for Florida but he's been getting only 3rd line minutes it looks like so his production is probably reasonable for his salary and his NHL production is still fine with 21 points in 38 games. Kamenev was traded to the Avalanche in the Duchene blockbuster in the NHL but was unfortunately injured his first game there. He has had a few very good seasons in the AHL and at only 21 he still has plenty of time to recover from the broken arm. Both JFK and Kamenev to me are still promising but not quite blue chip prospects.

That said, moving Wilson for JFK+Kamenev+2nd I would definitely do again - Wilsons value was not going to be higher again anytime soon and unfortunately that return pales in comparison for what it probably could have been years ago when he was a potential budding young star.