5 Prospects New Jersey Devils Can Take With New York Islanders Pick

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 Simon Robertsson

The Devils desperately need more talent at the wings. Alexander Holtz could be on his way to the NHL roster momentarily, and Dawson Mercer might not be too far behind. That’s two players, but the Devils really need four to fit two amazing lines next to Hughes and Hischier. Maybe Bratt fills another hole, but getting a prospect here that could make it a legit top six over the next decade is exactly what they need.

Simon Robertsson has a motor that never quits. That’s the type of player that could work really well with Hischier, because he needs puck possession and Robertsson will get it for him. There is a chance he goes somewhere in the middle of the round, but there are plenty of mock drafts that have him going in the 20s.

Robertsson plays the type of game that the team is really looking for. The Devils want someone who plays with power, and Robertsson does that in spades. If the Devils don’t end up getting William Eklund with their first pick of the round, they could still get another supremely skilled Swedish winger, although he doesn’t have nearly the upside of Eklund.

This would be a really fun player to watch. He has an NHL skill set when looking at the total package. He has the tenacity needed to make an NHL roster. There’s a high floor with Robertsson. While he hasn’t been as dominant offensively in the SHL as he has been in Swedish juniors, he still has upside to be a top-six winger. Don’t be too alarmed by his two points in 22 professional games. He’s still very young, and those types of players aren’t going to make a ton of noise until they get a little older.