After the Devils picked Jack Hughes first overall, Ray Shero decided to improve the team on the blue line as well. On Saturday morning, Ray Shero sent 2 second-round picks along with Santini and Davies to the Nashville Predators in exchange for PK Subban.
we got both Jack Hughes and PK Subban in less than 24 hours lol— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 23, 2019
The defense has been a problem for the Devils for quite some time now and the addition of a new number 1 d-man will certainly help them out.
Subban is definitely more of a higher risk – higher reward type player. He often collects a lot of points as a defenseman so he has a bit of a higher turnover rate.
At age 30, Subban has played in 10 NHL seasons and has seen the Stanley Cup Finals with the Nashville Predators. The Devils need this kind of leadership from a veteran who has been deep in the playoffs.
In 645 career games, Subban has registered 98 goals and 310 assists for 408 points.
#Smashville - I love you! Thank you to the @PredsNHL team, teammates, fans and community for embracing me over the past three years. Ready for this next chapter... @NJDevils are you ready for the Subbanator? ????☝???????? pic.twitter.com/rkPkkqRKRT— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) June 22, 2019
This is a good addition for the Devils team and they did not have to give up a ton in return for him.
I would not be so sure that Shero and Co. are done with additions for the offseason. The time for the Devils to strike as a playoff contender is now. They need to make New Jersey appealing for other free agents and for Taylor Hall to stay.