The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Edmundson is a pending unrestricted free agent.
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Joel Edmundson Acquired by the Canadiens
Edmundson spent this past season playing with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was acquired by the Hurricanes prior to the 2019-20 season in the deal that sent Justin Faulk to the St. Louis Blues. This season, Edmundson scored seven goals and added 13 assists for 20 points in 68 games. He also recorded 72 penalty minutes. In four postseason games, Edmundson scored once.
Over his career, Edmundson has scored 20 goals and 52 assists for 72 points in 337 games.
Edmundson was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 46th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
What This Means for the Future
Edmundson is coming off a career year statistically and averaged over 18 minutes per game in the regular season for the Hurricanes. However, in the postseason, Edmundson saw his usage increase averaging 23:41 minutes per game. Edmundson possesses a massive frame at six-foot-four, 215 lbs. He plays a very physical game and likes to keep things simple. He’s not going to dazzle you offensively but can be effective playing a shutdown role on the third pairing.
If the Canadiens can come to terms with Edmundson, it will be yet another depth piece for the Canadiens defence. With Ben Chiarot, Victor Mete, Brett Kulak, as well as top defence prospect Alexander Romanov already set to duke it out for a roster position on the left side, adding Edmundson, makes it a little more crowded. It may be possible that Bergevin is gearing up to make an even bigger move and moving out one of the other left-shot defencemen. Mete is currently a restricted free agent. He is also the only one of the four already with the Canadiens who is currently not under contract. Whatever it is, Bergevin is just getting started on what is surely going to be a busy offseason for the Canadiens general manager.