The Winnipeg Jets have acquired defenceman Brenden Dillon from the Washington Capitals in exchange for two second round draft picks. The two draft selections in question are Winnipeg’s 2022 and 2023 second rounders, to which now belong to the Capitals.
The 30-year-old left-shooting blueliner has three years remaining on his four-year, $15.6 million contract signed back on October 6, 2020 with Washington. His cap hit and annual average value clocks in at $3.9 million per year. Prior to his time with the Capitals, the Surrey, BC product played for the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.
Dillon, a consistent shutdown defender, has been known to contribute on the offensive side of things especially during his time with the Sharks. A hefty presence, Dillon tips the scales at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. His penalty minute total through his NHL career (623 PIMS) nearly matches his games played total (654 games played).
Last season in Washington, Dillon scored twice, while adding 17 assists and 49 penalty minutes, while finishing the year a +15. Surprisingly, +15 wasn’t his best season total, as he put up a +19 in 2018-19 with San Jose. Having also made 75 postseason appearances, Dillon has a goal, 11 points and 79 penalty minutes to his name in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Undrafted, Dillon played out the duration of his junior career with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds. He accumulated 11 goals, 94 points and 362 penalty minutes in 280 games from 2007-11 with the T-Birds. Dillon moved on to the American Hockey League for parts of three seasons (2011-13), where he put up nine goals, 43 points and 150 penalty minutes in 123 games. He has since made a home as a physical presence in the NHL, where he has earned an estimated $24 million in career earnings.