New Jersey Devils: 5 Players Worth Trading 1st-Round Pick In NHL Draft

Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the shoot out period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the shoot out period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Quinn Hughes – Vancouver Canucks

Alright, we’ll bite. While Vancouver Canucks fans continuously make trade proposals sending J.T. Miller and his one year left on his deal to the Devils for the second-overall pick (and somehow sometimes asking for more), the Devils aren’t doing that. If the Canucks call, there are three players they would even accept in a deal. The conversation starts with Thatcher Demko, but the Canucks likely say no pretty quickly. It would then go to Elias Pettersson, which would give the Canucks front office a good laugh. Then it goes to Quinn Hughes.

This seems incredibly unlikely, and it’s just a pipe dream to get all of the Hughes brothers together when Jack and Quinn started on different teams. The Canucks pretty much shot down any hope of the Devils getting Quinn when they signed him to a six-year deal last offseason. They could have signed him to a short-term deal like they did Pettersson, but it’s clear Quinn was willing to commit to his team long term.

It just seems close to impossible, but the second-overall pick makes things interesting for Vancouver. With this pick, the 15th pick, and some good young players on the roster make it an intriguing future for the Canucks.

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The Devils should be looking at the options for goalie and defense out there, but the realistic possibilities are few and far between. Would the Jets trade Connor Hellebuyck in a deal for the second overall pick? We know this type of deal would intrigue the Arizona Coyotes when it comes to Jakob Chychrun. Outside of those two, who else is there? It seems like if a trade is going to happen, it will be for a forward.