The New Jersey Devils have some good players on their team. Miles Wood wants to be one of those players, but unlike other talented players, he needs the right situation.
The New Jersey Devils have great young players like Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, Jesper Boqvist, and Nikita Gusev already at the NHL level. Then, there are players like Ty Smith, Kevin Bahl, and Jesper Boqvist waiting to be a part of the team long term. These fans have the fanbase behind them 100%. There are others that fans are more lukewarm towards.
Miles Wood is one of those players for New Jersey. He is one of the fastest players in the organization, but he hasn’t been able to put his tools together consistently. Some of his breakaway opportunities are amazing, but he is inconsistent with his ability to turn them into goals. Even when Wood was on the top line with Nico Hischier, he had trouble burying as much as you’d like to see.
A lot of online general managers absolutely hate Miles Wood because of these issues. He isn’t a perfect player by any means, but he might not end up being as bad as people think. In 68 games this season, he has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. Those aren’t great numbers by any means, but in the right role, they can be good numbers. Wood needs to be on a line with players that can help him thrive. He would be perfect on a big fourth line that works hard for their chances.
Miles Wood could go on to be a good fourth liner on a good team. In 2017-19, he had 19 goals in 76 games for New Jersey. He was an awesome role player on a team that used him right and went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It would be a shame to watch the Devils let him go have a good run with another team. They really need to be sure that he isn’t their guy before they let him go.
One thing that you have to remember when you want your team to trade a player like this, is who are they going to replace him with? Not everybody can come up and score 10-20 goals in the NHL in any given year. He is one of the more polarizing players in the New Jersey organization so hopefully whatever decision they make is the right one.