The Boston Bruins did not do anything crazy at the 2019 trade deadline but rather opted to go a safe route by acquiring Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils.
The Bruins sent a 2019 second round pick and a 2020 fourth round pick back.
Although Johansson is a solid player, he is not up to the caliber of Mark Stone or Matt Duchene. Still, though, it is a fine move by general manager Don Sweeney and Boston.
Johansson’s injury history, especially with his concussions, is a concern. Over the past two seasons in New Jersey, he has only played 77 games. When he is healthy, however, he is a productive player.
In his last season in Washington, 2016-17, he played in all 82 games and amassed 58 points. In back-to-back playoff runs, he also put up 0.5 point-per-game numbers.
These are not numbers that will jump out at you on the scoresheet, but he provides a much needed layer of secondary scoring to Boston’s roster.
Johansson can use his speed and skill to help offset some of the bulk and size that Boston has on its team. Once he returns to full health, Johansson will be a needed player in the Bruins’ middle-six, especially if the top line begins to unexpectedly falter.
The move was inherently good because of the price. A second round pick is not cheap, and a fourth round pick can be hit or miss, but neither are the end of the world. Compared to some other prices paid today, including a first round pick and a prospect for Kevin Hayes, the price to pay for Johansson was reasonable.
Sweeney may have been relatively quiet, but ultimately it was the correct move for his franchise moving forward, both this year and for years to come.