The Winnipeg Jets have acquired defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2022 3rd round draft pick.
After a rough season in Vancouver, Schmidt departs for the same exact price that he was traded for a year ago — a third-round pick. This time, he got worse over that year. The Canucks do not exactly play defense, so an offensive defender like Schmidt suffered. He also comes with a really, really rough contract. Schmidt has four more seasons left on his contract at $5.95 million. Since the Canucks did not retain any of that, the Jets are on the hook. Schmidt is a solid second pairing player, but not worth that. The Canucks did a good job getting some sort of value for Schmidt, a player who could be on the demise. On the hockey side, the Jets do improve. After adding Schmidt and Brenden Dillon, their biggest weakness from last season.
Schmidt, 30, scored five goals with 10 assists for 15 points in 54 games for the Canucks this year. In his NHL career for the Canucks, Vegas Golden Knights, and Washington Capitals, he has scored 34 goals with 121 assists for 155 points in 450 games.