Should the Devils Attempt to Acquire Brenden Dillon?

Dallas Stars’ Patrick Sharp (10) battles to get to the puck against the San Jose Sharks’ Brenden Dillon (4) in the third period of their NHL game at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

There has been lots of speculation between San Jose Sharks defenseman, Brenden Dillon. He’s a pending UFA and the Sharks aren’t doing well. Despite being a Shark for six years, Dillon’s time with the organization is dwindling.

Who Is Brenden Dillon?

Brenden Dillon is a 28 year old left shot defenseman. He was born November 13th, 1990. He is an undrafted player. He’s been playing full NHL seasons since 2012, and made his NHL debut in the 2011-12 season. With the Sharks playing bad, and him being on an expiring contract, Sharks GM Doug Wilson may be looking to move him for picks and prospects.

Dillon isn’t much of a point-getter. His career high is points was back-to-back 22 point years back in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Before that, his career high was in 2013-14, where he put up 17 points. Even if he isn’t a point guy, he can play really good defense.

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Why Should the Devils Get Him?

Looking at his defensive stats, the Devils really need him. Despite having some quality defenseman on their blueline, the Devils need some help for depth. So far this season, Sami Vatanen is playing very well; He is injured. Connor Carrick has looked good in the small amount of games he has played in; He is also injured. Mirco Mueller and Matt Tennyson have looked awful on the defensive side and Damon Severson looks lazy. P.K. Subban has looked pretty well, but sometimes his mistakes cost the Devils many goals. A guy like Dillon could do a lot for the team.

One thing that Brenden Dillon can bring is an upgrade to the penalty kill. The Devils are ranked 27th in the league with a 73.7%. He is part of an elite group of penalty killers. The Sharks are ranked 1st in the league with a 91.2%. Dillon can take Andy Greene‘s spot on the Devils if he leaves following the season, but either way, he can be some very good depth on a fairly young team.

What Will It Cost?

What will it cost to bring in a defenseman such as Dillon? He is on an expiring contract, he doesn’t put up much points, and plays a really good defensive game, with penalty killing minutes. I think the first thing the Devils throw in is Mirco Mueller. He’s a pretty young defenseman, 24, and plays a more defensive style of game. Mueller was drafted by San Jose back in 2013. He hasn’t played good, but Sharks Head Coach, Pete DeBoer can hopefully use his defensive style of coaching to rub off on him. I don’t think that’d be enough. I think the Devils should add a 2021 4th rounder. The pick could either be conditional or not. The trade would give the Sharks a younger defenseman, and the Devils experience.

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