Tyler Toffoli trade a home run for the New Jersey Devils
Tom Fitzgerald converted a middle-6 winger playing a reduced role, and a mid-round draft pick, into another impact piece for the top-6.
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Trader Tom is at it again.
Tuesday night he added another impact top-6 winger to the mix, prying Tyler Toffoli from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Yegor Sharangovich and a 3rd round pick.
Toffoli, 31, is coming off a career year with the Flames. He amassed 34 goals and 73 points in 82 games while serving as the best – and most consistent – player on the team all season long.
Although the Flames had a roller coaster year, and not a lot of guys excelled under Darryl Sutter, leading the way in goals and points is no small feat on a roster featuring big ticket forwards like Jonathan Huberdeau, Elias Lindholm, and Nazem Kadri.
Toffoli wasn’t an empty calorie point producer who gave a lot back at the other end of the ice. He was a legitimately strong play driver and two-way forward.
With Toffoli on the ice at 5v5, the Flames – a team that missed the playoffs, remember – out-scored opponents 58-37 and controlled nearly 60% of the expected goal share.
For perspective, the Devils – the No. 3 seed in the NHL – out-scored opponents 71-57 and controlled 59% of the expected goal share with Jack Hughes on the ice at 5v5. Yeah, Toffoli was that good.
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