New Jersey Devils: 5 Terrible Trade Proposals For 2nd Overall Pick

General manager Tom Fitzgerald of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
General manager Tom Fitzgerald of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Toronto Maple Leafs trade proposal

We wrote a few weeks ago that William Nylander was one of the few players worth considering in a trade for the second-overall pick in the NHL Draft. It seems like he’s the type of player that the Devils could build around. However, this takes that idea and runs with it.

Honestly, it’s not preposterous to think the Devils might consider adding to the pick for Nylander. The Maple Leafs will want everything they can get for him. We’re not really sure who would be willing to offer more than the second-overall pick. There are two really good defensemen in David Jiricek and Simon Nemec available at the pick. There’s also this superstar winger in Juraj Slafkovsky. The Leafs are going to be all in on any of those three players, and they might like Logan Cooley, too.

What makes this trade one of the worst we’ve seen was the addition of Jonas Siegenthaler. Sure, the Devils got him for a third-round pick, but they built him into one of the best defensive defensemen in the league. He’s a building block at this juncture. Trading him as just a piece to push the Leafs over the top when the Devils can get other huge pieces elsewhere is just a bad move.

Leafs fans will always overvalue their assets. The Canadiens do the same thing. It’s something about the privilege that comes with rooting for a Canadian hockey team. Either way, the Devils shouldn’t fall for it. This trade should get a good laugh out of Fitzgerald, but that’s it.