3 Prospects New Jersey Devils Should Target With 2nd-Overall Pick In NHL Draft

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New Jersey Devils, Logan Cooley
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Logan Cooley

There is also a very good centerman for the New Jersey Devils to consider.

Everything good with the New Jersey Devils right now starts at the center of the ice. Jack Hughes and Nico Hischeir look like they could be superstars. 2021-22 was amazing for them but we all know that they could be even better. 2022-23 is going to be huge.

Dawson Mercer was also outstanding as a rookie. He has a very bring future. We don’t know if he is going to be a center full-time or if he will eventually break off onto the wing. That decision will be based on how the next few seasons go for him. We can say with clarity, however, that he can be a good middle-six forward.

Michael McLeod also made a name for himself as a fourth-line center. It is unclear how long that will last but if the centers are Hischier, Hughes, Mercer, and McLeod going into 2022-23, it could be very good for the Devils.

That also doesn’t mean that they have to be content with it either. They could also use, as mentioned before, Mercer on the wing. That could leave the idea of drafting Logan Cooley up for debate. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2022 NHL Draft right now.

This guy could go second and he could go 5th. There is a wide range for him but you better believe that the Devils are going to at least consider taking the kid from the United States National Development Program.

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He is committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 season but could be in the NHL once they are bounced in April. All of these prospects would be very nice for New Jersey’s farm system and could eventually join a really good young core.