The New Jersey Devils need help on the wing in the top six. Of course, guys like Jesper Bratt, Yegor Sharangovich, Tomas Tatar, and Alexander Holtz are going to be in the mix. If they draft Juraj Slafkovsky with the second-overall pick, he will get his chance as well.
However, if New Jersey wants to spend a little bit to pry someone from a different organization, Timo Meier of the San Jose Sharks is someone for them to consider. He would fit with the New Jersey Devils for so many reasons.
He still has one year left on his current deal so they would either have to wait for next summer or make a trade. Either one of those options is a good one because he is a great player that would make a lot of sense.
For one, Meier is just a great hockey player. At just 25 years old, he is one of the very best goal scorers in the league. In 77 games played last year, he had 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points. That came on a bad San Jose Sharks team too. He is also very sound defensively as well.
Timo Meier would be a wonderful fit on the New Jersey Devils roster.
The other big reason is on the stage at the IIHF World Championships. He is on Team Swiss and has incredible chemistry with Devils captain Nico Hischier. It would be so great to see these two reunite in the National Hockey League.
We already know what Meier can do offensively but the sky is the limit for Hischier. Adding a winger like this would change everything for him. Hischier is a lot different and more developed a player since he last had a winger as good as Meier (Taylor Hall).
These are the types of plays that these two would be able to make in a New Jersey Devils uniform if they were teammates. It would also take the pressure off of Jack Hughes and whoever his linemates are. Hischier is already great but getting him a sniper like that would go a long way.
As good as Meier is at scoring goals, he is also a fantastic playmaker. He wouldn’t have had 41 assists if he wasn’t. That number may even climb if he played with someone like Hischier. If the price is right, it is absolutely something for New Jersey to consider.