The Boston Bruins have acquired Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils.
Johansson is a solid scoring winger and should slot right into that Bruins second line. Johansson has played in 48 games this year and put up 27 points, 12 goals and 15 assists. For only playing 48 games those are solid numbers. Johansson is a pending free agent and will be likely just a rental for Boston. New Jersey receives a 2nd round pick in 2019 and a fourth round pick in 2020.
In his career Johansson has racked up 119 goals and 212 assists in 578 games. It’s upsetting to see the Bruins miss out on guys like Stone, Simmonds and even Zucarello but the addition of Johansson doesn’t handcuff them for future cap space. The Bruins did need to add at the deadline and Johansson will fill in as a top six forward.
Johansson is better than the Bruins current options for second line wingers and he will give added depth on the wing once Pastrnak returns. It’s tough seeing some better players go off the board before Johansson but only giving up a 2nd and 4th round pick makes Johansson a decent return.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)