New Jersey Devils 2015 First Round Pick: Who’s Worth Trading It For?

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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Connor McDavid

by Phil DeHaven

If I’m Lou Lamoriello and we don’t win the 2015 NHL Entry Draft Lottery to get the #1 pick, I’m closely watching who holds that top pick. While this may be a really big stretch, I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the Edmonton Oilers trade down from the #1 overall pick if they win the lottery. It would take a king’s ransom to trade up for the pick, but in my opinion the top prize of Connor McDavid is well worth it.

McDavid has the type of potential that doesn’t come along often and has drawn comparison to current NHL superstars like Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of him, here’s what Hockey’s Future had to say about his talent analysis:

"McDavid is considered to be one of the best players available for the NHL Draft since Sidney Crosby was chosen first overall back in 2005. His skating, shot and hockey IQ are all at an advanced level, and he has the ability to make other players around him better. Although more noted for his offensive skills, McDavid can be used in any situation. He is certainly the most NHL-ready prospect from the 2015"

McDavid is an absolute stud who is a point producing machine. In just over 40 games for the OHL’s Erie Otters this year he has produced 110 points (40 g, 70 a) and has a +/- of +50. The reason I believe the Oilers could possibly move out of the top pick in the draft is because they could get a hefty return in a trade for the opportunity to draft McDavid which could help them get out of the basement of the league. I imagine it would cost the Devils at least two first round picks (2015 & 2016), goaltender Keith Kinkaid, defenseman Eric Gelinas and a prospect (Stefan Matteau, Reid Boucher, Joe Whitney, etc.). The cost would certainly be high, but I wouldn’t mind having a potential superstar to build around in McDavid who could put Devils hockey back into the spotlight.

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