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Sharks trade Demers, draft pick to Stars for Dillon

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The San Jose Sharks on Friday traded defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Demers, 26, has three assists and a minus-6 rating in 20 games while averaging 18:11 of ice time per game. He set career-highs last season with five goals and 34 points.

A 2008 seventh-round pick of the Sharks (No. 186), Demers has 16 goals and 98 points in 300 regular-season games.

"Jason is coming off his most productive season in the NHL and is just entering the prime of his career," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "Organizationally we were in the marketplace for a right-handed, two-way defenseman and he will help us tremendously in finding a balance on our blue line."

Dillon, 24, was fourth on the Stars with an average ice time of 20:36. In 20 games he has one assist and a minus-2 rating. His six goals last season was second among Dallas defensemen.

In parts of four seasons with the Stars, Dillon had nine goals and 26 points in 149 regular-season games.

"Brenden is a well-rounded, physical player who brings an important ingredient to our existing group of defensemen," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "He was physically a late-blooming player and we feel, at the age of 24, his game is continuing to trend upwards. He fits really well for our organization now and for the future."

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