NHL Rumors: 3 Blockbuster Trade Options for the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils were a big winner at the NHL Draft Lottery as the team moved up to the number two pick. While there's certainly a chance they keep the selection and bring on board another young talent, Devils general manage Tom Fitzgerald is open to just about everything including a blockbuster trade. Let's examine a few options the Devils may have when it comes to moving the high draft pick:

Trading for Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are a team to watch as their star veteran players are pissed off management is rebuilding and there's no doubt the team is going to be active this offseason. Meaning there's potential Alex DeBrincat is moved, rightfully or wrongly. We saw with the trade of Brandon Hagel to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Blackhawks are committed to their future. Adding a #2 pick would be a huge stepping stone for a rebuild and on the flip side, the Devils are looking for scoring wingers who can push Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier to develop even further. DeBrincat can score with the best of them and is signed through next season and a restricted free agent once his contract is over, so there's come security there for Fitzgerald when thinkin of moving a first rounder. 73 goals in his last 134 games, the 24-year-old winger could be a missing piece for New Jersey.

Trading for a package from the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes will soon be headed to play in a college-size arena and it sounds like they are willing to bring a college-aged roster to the ice. Their rebuild continues and word is they have eyes for Connor Bedard, a prized talent who isn't draft eligible until 2023. The 'Yotes have seven picks in the first two rounds of the 2022 draft and would love to get their hands on the #2. This would give them #2, #3, #30, #31, #34, #36, #43, & #45. If you can't rebuild with this type of stock, try another sport. Insert the Devils ask from the Coyotes roster and it would start with defenseman Jakob Chychrun and likely include Lawson Crouse and/or Clayton Keller. The Devils could fill a couple of holes with this move and give Dougie Hamilton a d-partner for many years to come.

Trading for Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks

These two teams were linked the entire season as Vancouver Canucks' forward Brock Boeser has been circulating the trade market for quite some time now. He's due for a hefty raise thanks to an expensive qualifying offer and this could price him out of western Canada. The 25-year-old is a natural goal scorer and would fit in perfectly among the Devils top line. This could give the Canucks another building block for their franchise and give the new management regime a chance to put their fingerprints on the roster.

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