The NHL is one of the most competitive sporting leagues around – of that there is no doubt. Part of what makes the sport so intriguing, though, is the year-on-year surprise moves that take place from team to team. For example, Justin Fualk has just been traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Carolina Hurricanes. The move will see them pick up a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft for Joel Edmundson, Dominik Bokk, and also a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
The 27-year-old ha signed a seven-year deal worth around $45.5m. the trade will mean that the player gets a fresh start, while his old team get extra opportunities to rebuild. Speaking about the move was Doug Armstrong, the Blues General Manager. He said: “We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years,
“He is a top-four defenseman who averages over 23 minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club.”
In terms of playing quality, the stats speak for themselves. Faulk is an elite level defender and has been a major part of the Carolina team since he first moved there in the 2010 NHL Draft. Having enjoyed an NHL career-best plus-9 across 82 games last year, he’s probably in the form of his career at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see how all parties do out of the move – we have a feeling that Faulk might get the last laugh.