|Lee Edward Stempniak
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 2.4.83 West Seneca, New York
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Winnipeg Jets, 10.3.15
How he left: Traded to the Boston Bruins for Bruins' 4th Round pick in the 2016 E.D. and Bruins'
2nd Round pick in the 2017 E.D., 2.29.16
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
If there ever was a value move in Ray Shero's first months as the Devils' GM, it was acquiring Stempniak, then later
trading him. As a non-roster invitee, he had a good training camp, which lead to getting signed for the season at a low
And that was only the beginning. He became a valuable piece of the team's offense, eventually becoming the leading
scorer on the team at the time he was traded to Boston, while at the same time helping the Devils at least be in the talk
for one of the wild card spots for the playoffs.
Why WAS he traded at all, you're asking? (Nevermind to the Bruins.) It was obvious that Shero wasn't deviating from
the rebuilding plan. They were still thin at forwards in the system, after all.
There's no guarantee that he would replicate what he did there in 15-16 for 16-17 if they were to reacquire him (Alexei
Ponikarovsky proved that more recently), but if the opportunity to sign him back had arisen, I would have been down
with it. At least let him try. Carolina got to him first, though. Okay, no biggie.
|Entry Draft: 2003 Fifth Round Pick (148th overall) by the
St. Louis Blues