5 Early NHL Draft Targets New Jersey Devils Should Hope For

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Matthew Savoie #93 in the 2022 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images) /

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When we’re looking at the picks who could go between four and six, where the Devils likely will pick, there’s a lot of volatility with these players. Is Logan Cooley going second overall, or could he fall to sixth? Will Nemec go quickly, or will everyone prioritize offense? What if Wright somehow doesn’t go first overall? How will that impact draft boards go down from there?

That’s why anything is possible for the Devils, and Matthew Savoie is a realistic possibility. Savoie has been dominant in the WHL this season. He has 90 points in 65 games for the Winnipeg Ice. He’s led his team to the number-one seed in the Eastern Conference. He’s done just about everything one could ask for from a player in his draft season.

Yet, some have him falling down boards because of the rise of players like Juraj Slafkovsky and Cooley. Don’t be fooled by this. Savoie has all the tools to be a star wherever he goes. He drives play and forces turnovers. He is responsible in the defensive zone, and you can tell by his points how good he is on the other side of the rink.

Savoie would be a great pick for the Devils. He has all the tools they need, and he feels like an easier move to winger if the Devils find that move absolutely necessary. Sure, they are taking another center, but this is one that could fit into whatever the Devils need from him.