Dec 26, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Matt D'Agostini takes a shot. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak - USA Today Sports

New Jersey Devils Acquire Matt D'Agostini From St. Louis

The New Jersey Devils have announced that they have acquired St. Louis Blues forward Matt D’Agostini.

The deal included the Blues sending D’Agostini accompanied by a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in return the Devils sent a conditional fifth round pick in that same year.

Mar 6, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Matt D’Agostini hits Phoenix Coyotes Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak – USA TODAY Sports

D’Agostini, 26, had one goal and one assist in 16 games for the Blues this year, but he has more potential than that. In his best year, 2010, D’Agostini scored 21 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. in his 264 game NHL career he has 45 goals and 46 for 96 points.

D’Agostini is a 6-foot 198-pound right winger with a feisty attitude that should fit well in the Devils system. He is reported to have good positioning, awareness, speed, and is always in the middle of the action.

The deal benefits both ends in the deal. The Devils acquire a new, young face to add depth to the forwards on the team. For the Blues, it clears 1.8 million dollars off of their salary cap. However, he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after the completion of the 2013 season.

Feb 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) pulls down St. Louis Blues right wing Matt D’Agostini. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak – USA Today Sports

The Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello did not say that he was done making moves prior to the April 3rd trade deadline.

D’Agostini will be in New Jersey in time for Saturday nights game against the Florida Panthers. It will be a game time decision for Pete DeBoer whether or not to play him. In order to clear space for D’Agostini on the 23-man roster, the Devils have returned Harri Pesonen back to Albany.

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