NHL Trade Rumors: Devils Have Trade Offer For Martin Necas

As the NHL Draft approaches, the New Jersey Devils are rumored to be considering a significant trade involving their 10th overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Martin Nečas from the Carolina Hurricanes. 

According to insider Frank Seravalli from DailyFaceoff, the Devils have shown considerable interest in acquiring Nečas, aligning with General Manager Tom Fitzgerald's goal of strengthening the team's top-six forward group. 

Martin Nečas, a 25-year-old forward from Czechia, brings speed, playmaking abilities, and dynamic offensive skills, making him an ideal fit for the Devils' high-tempo playing style. 

Despite a slight dip in performance last season, Nečas has proven his value in the NHL, and his versatility to play both center and right wing would complement the Devils' core of Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Nico Hischier, and Timo Meier. 

At 25 years old, Necas is a restricted free agent who has demonstrated consistent scoring ability, averaging 57 points per 82 games over the past three seasons.

Acquiring Nečas would provide the Devils with the depth and offensive prowess needed to compete at a higher level, particularly as they aim to solidify their status as top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

For the Hurricanes, led by new GM Eric Tulsky, the decision to trade Nečas involves carefully weighing the value of the 10th overall pick against other roster needs. 

While the draft pick is a valuable asset, Carolina might seek additional pieces, potentially including players like Dawson Mercer, to secure impactful roster players who can contribute immediately to their Stanley Cup ambitions.

With other teams such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Nashville Predators also expressing interest in Nečas, the Devils' willingness to part with a high draft pick could give them a competitive edge. 

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