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Numbers Game: Jets land Setoguchi from Wild

Scott Cullen
7/9/2013 10:39:11 AM
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The Winnipeg Jets found an upgrade for their offence, adding a young veteran scoring winger at the price of a draft pick.

Numbers Game looks at the Jets' deal for Devin Setoguchi.

The Jets Get: RW Devin Setoguchi.

26-year-old Devin Setoguchi has been a consistent goal-scorer, tallying between 0.25 and 0.31 goals per game in five of his six NHL seasons, elevating to 0.38 goals per game during 2008-2009, when he scored a career-high 31 goals and 65 points while playing alongside Joe Thornton in San Jose.

Nevertheless, Setoguchi's consistent goal production shouldn't be ignored. Over the last six seasons, Setoguchi is one of 31 players to score at a rate of at least one goal every four games in all six years and he did so last year despite playing 14:26 per game, his lowest time on ice per game since his rookie season.

With good size and speed, Setoguchi should be a nice addition to the Jets, either on the second line with Evander Kane on the left wide and either Olli Jokinen or rookie Mark Scheifele in the middle, or the Jets could give Setoguchi a crack on the top line, and move Blake Wheeler to the second line as a means of balancing production. In either case, the Jets have upgraded an attack that was tied for 15th with 2.62 goals per game last season.

Segotuchi has one year left on his deal worth $3.25-million, at a $3-million cap hit according to www.capgeek.com, which makes him a reasonable investment for the Jets and also easy trade bait approaching the deadline if it turns out that the Jets aren't in position to contend for a playoff spot.

The Jets haven't spent significantly in free agency, but in adding Setoguchi and Michael Frolik through trades, they have upgraded their forward group.

The Wild Get: A second-round pick.

A second-round pick provides some value for the Wild, though there is obviously uncertainty. From 1994-2008, there were 450 second-round picks, with a little more than 30% either having played at least 100 NHL games or very likely to cross that threshold.

The Wild could afford to move Setoguchi because they have a number of options on the wing already. They have veterans Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Dany Heatley and Matt Cooke, along with young wingers Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle and newly-acquired Nino Niederreiter, so with those six wingers on hand, they have enough options to fill out the top three lines even without Setoguchi.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.



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