3. Spencer Knight
This would obviously be a huge splash as the Florida Panthers show no signs of wanting to trade away their top goalie prospect, but they do have Sergei Bobrovsky. He is signed for four more seasons at $10 million a clip. That will be hard to make as the backup. Knight was given a chance to take on the backup job this season, but he ended up playing 11 games with the Charlotte Checkers trying to find his game.
Knight had a rough start to last season, but he finished the year with a .908 save percentage. He had a .919 save percentage in March and was even better in April. He’s proving that he’s ready to take on a bigger role at just 21 years old.
With his great end of the year, the Devils would have to pay out the nose in order to get Knight on the team. Maybe they are willing to do that. It’s honestly going to cost something in the range of the second-overall pick. That’s a hefty price to pay, but it might lead to a secure goaltending position for the next decade. It seems like the Devils would be willing to pay any price to get solid puck stoppers. Knight would be the highest price possible.
Making this move changes a lot for the Devils. They can no longer make a big splash with the second-overall pick to get a forward for Jack Hughes, but we think he’d understand. It’s highly unlikely the Panthers would say yes to any trade for Knight, but you never know until you ask.