This morning it was announced that the St. Louis Blues have traded forward Matt D'Agostini and a conditional seventh round pick in 2015 to the New Jersey Devils for a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2015.

D'Agostini has struggled this season, scoring only a goal and an assist in only 16 games for the St. Louis Blues. His most productive season, however, saw him score 21 goals and add 25 assists for 46 points in the 2010-11 season. 

This is another deal that shows why Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is on of the best in the business. Earlier in the season, the Devils sent a fifth round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Andrei Loktionov, who was struggling to get into the Kings lineup because they were so deep with centers. The Kings traded him because it was believed he would sign with a team in Russia, his homeland, at the end of the season. Things have changed now though, as Loktionov has become an important part of the Devils, and is producing quite nicely.

This is a similar trade, because the Devils are not risking anything major, while D'Agostini might come to New Jersey and play really well. If he doesn't play well, then the Devils only lost a conditional fifth round draft pick for him.

Chances are that D'Agostini will play much better in New Jersey, as his former junior coach with the Guelph Storm (OHL), Matt Shaw, is behind the bench as an assistant coach. Also, New Jersey's heavy forecheck will welcome D'Agostini with open arms, as he is known for his gritty play. With both Dainius Zubrus and Alexei Ponikarovsky injured, D'Agostini will most likely play on the third line to start his tenure with the Devils. When Zubrus and Ponikarovsky do come back, this Devils team will be very deep with wingers.

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