The New Jersey Devils are one of two teams with three 1st-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft, putting them in a unique position that few organizations have experienced. While rumors and speculation have run amok over what the New Jersey Devils will do with their trio of 1st-round picks, they’re poised to make bountiful gains, regardless of the outcome.
If history is any indication on what direction the Devils wind up going with their 1st-round pick stockpile, they’re likely to use all three selections. Three of the most recent teams that were in New Jersey’s position were the Boston Bruins (2015), Vegas Golden Knights (2017), and New York Rangers (2018), all of whom used their three first-round picks to acquire prospects instead of making one or two trades.
The New Jersey Devils are currently slated to make the 7th, 18th, and 20th selections. Since the team won’t pick again until the 3rd round, it’s all the more likely they’ll opt to keep their 1st-round selections, although the possibility of a trade isn’t entirely out of the question. Should this be the case, here are three prospects the Devils could potentially select in the first round.