5 New Jersey Devils Players Who Could Help Playoff Teams Now

Nico Hischier #13 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New Jersey Devils right wing Nicholas Merkley and defenseman Ty Smith: (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) /

Ty Smith to the Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs are stacked this season in their bid to finally win a Stanley Cup. They added veterans Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds in the offseason. They also signed T.J. Brodie to bolster a defense that just lost Tyson Barrie. The Leafs don’t need a top-line defender, but they could use someone who could play on both sides of the ice.

The third line of the Leafs defense consists of Ben Hutton and Travis Dermott. They are both good players at times, although Hutton has been the bain of the fanbase as of late. If the Leafs could get another option to play there, it could be the difference in this year’s postseason.

Smith is an offensive dynamo, and before his injury, he was getting assists at a high rate. He did finish the season on the injured list, but it’s not something that would have kept him out of the playoffs.

The Leafs are looking to win their first round since 2015. They’ve had this stacked team that costs a ton of money, but they have nothing to show for it. Now, they’ll look to go all in to bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada. Ty Smith is just over a year away from bring World Juniors gold to the Great White North. Maybe his presence could solidify a defense while also being able to find the many offensive weapons on the Leafs.