The New Jersey Devils traded defenseman Kyle Quincey of Kitchener, Ontario to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Dalton Prout of Kingsville, Ontario on Wednesday. Quincey has more experience than Prout as he played in the National Hockey League since the 2005-06 season.
In 53 games with the Devils this season, Quincey has four goals and eight assists for 12 points. He is a +3 with 39 penalty minutes, 61 shots on goal, 71 hits, 70 blocked shots, 13 takeaways and 25 giveaways.
The Blue Jackets are the fifth team Quincey has played for in his NHL career. In addition to the Devils, he has also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche. His best offensive season came in 2008-09, when he had a career high 34 assists and 38 points.
In 15 games for the Blue Jackets, Prout had three assists. He is a +4 with 14 penalty minutes, six shots on goal, 24 hits, 16 blocked shots, two takeaways and seven giveaways. It is never a good sign when you have more giveaways in a season than shots on goal.
Prout has not played with the Blue Jackets since Feb. 3. In recent games, he has been a scratch.
There is no doubt that the Blue Jackets are poised to make the playoffs this season and it appears that the Devils will not make the postseason. Expect Quincey to join a Blue Jackets defense that includes Zach Werenski of Grosse Pointe, MI, Seth Jones of Arlington, TX, Jack Johnson of Indianapolis, IN, David Savard and Ryan Murray.