The New Jersey Devils today traded defenseman Ben Lovejoy to Dallas in exchange for Dallas' third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and defenseman Connor Carrick.
Carrick 24, has played in 14 games this season with Dallas (1g-3a, 13 PIM), missing 28 games due to a foot injury. He also had a conditioning stint with the Stars' AHL affiliate, Texas Stars (1g-1a in four games). In 181 regular-season NHL contests with Washington, Toronto and Dallas, the right-shot blueliner has scored 10 goals and 24 assists while accumulating 129 penalty minutes. He also played in six Stanley Cup playoff contests for Toronto in 2017. On October 1, 2018, Dallas acquired Carrick from Toronto in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The 5'11" 195lb. native of Orland Park, IL was born on April 14, 1994 and has represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Carrick played for the US National Development Team and one season with Plymouth (OHL). He was originally selected by Washington in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Lovejoy spent the past three seasons with New Jersey, scoring five goals and 17 assists for 22 points and 97 penalty minutes in 190 regular-season games. He originally signed a three-year contract with the Devils on July 1, 2016.
"Ben was a consummate professional that our young players could look up to during his time here and fulfilled all of our expectations when he came to New Jersey," said Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. "He was integral to the growth of our team and an important part of our group that returned to the playoffs last season. We wish him, his wife, Avery, and his three daughters, June, Lila and Quinn all the best in Dallas."
This marks the ninth selection New Jersey will have in the 2019 NHL Draft, including five in the first three rounds: New Jersey's first, two seconds (New Jersey and Nashville), two thirds (Anaheim and Dallas), in addition to the club's original selections in rounds four through seven.