New Jersey Devils: 5 Legit Lottery Prospects To Think About

RIGA, LATVIA - MAY 23: Owen Power #25 of Canada in action during the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group stage game between Canada and the United States at Arena Riga on May 23, 2021 in Riga, Latvia. The United States defeated Canada 5-1. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
RIGA, LATVIA - MAY 23: Owen Power #25 of Canada in action during the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group stage game between Canada and the United States at Arena Riga on May 23, 2021 in Riga, Latvia. The United States defeated Canada 5-1. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils, William Eklund
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3. William Eklund

The New Jersey Devils could draft William Eklund and reunite two linemates.

The New Jersey Devils made a great decision when they drafted Alex Holtz seventh overall during the 2020 NHL Draft. He is a shoot-first style winger that has the potential to grow into a top NHL goal scorer. The Devils are going to put a lot of stock into making sure he develops. As of now, the hope is that he plays with one of their two franchise centers but he might also benefit from playing with his SHL centerman, William Eklund.

That could be a reality if the Devils select Eklund in the top five of the 2021 NHL Draft. These two played together for Team Sweden and for Djugardens of the SHL. They consider each other best friends off the ice as well so it would really be a great reunion for the two. Eklund is more known for being the playmaker while Holtz is the goal scorer. It makes a lot of sense when you think about the chemistry the two have had on the ice.

If the Devils really did draft Eklund, it might be a while before they share NHL ice as the organization would surely want to see them develop right. Holtz made his AHL debut at the end of the 2020-21 season but never got up to the NHL. He will have a chance to break camp with the team. If Eklund is there, it would surely be a lot of fun to watch them.