3) Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby is a player whose future is a little up in the air. After a lengthy tenure with the Washington Capitals, his career seemingly took a bit of a spiral beginning last season in Vancouver and going into this year with the Dallas Stars.
While the production on Holtby’s end has declined, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a productive addition to the Devils’ roster in 2022-2023. While he was in Washington, Holtby has won plenty of playoff games, has a Stanley Cup, and simply has been in a productive organization throughout his time in the NHL.
Additionally, despite his reduction, he still has performed better than the majority of goaltenders to play in the crease for NJD so it’s still an improvement of some kind.
How would he help the Devils?
Sure Holtby checks off the veteran box as Kuemper does, but like it was mentioned earlier, he knows what it’s like to win, something this roster desperately needs. Even if he doesn’t play that much, Holtby can bring that positive mindset that the young goalies need to learn how to play with.
In the end, the Lloydminster native would be a great vocal piece on the roster who won’t require much cap at the end of the day. Even if the Devils decide to add another goaltender this Summer, Holtby wouldn’t be a bad consideration at all especially if Bernier isn’t ready to go.