New Jersey Devils: Realistic Central Division Trade Targets

Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes awaits a face off against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 2, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Devils 5-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes awaits a face off against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 2, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Devils 5-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Nikolaj Ehlers #27 of the Winnipeg Jets. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Winnipeg Jets: Nikolaj Ehlers 

Nope, not Connor Hellebuyck or Kyle Connor. Nikolaj Ehlers is a really good hockey player that ran into bad luck in terms of injury and underwhelming linemates in Winnipeg.  A change of scenery may be exactly what the 27-year-old winger needs to hit the next gear in his development. Imagine a line of Ehlers, Jack Hughes, and Dawson Mercer in New Jersey. Yeah… sign this team up for that. For what it’s worth, Ehlers will also come at a cheaper price tag than what the Jets will ask for Kyle Connor. Ehlers feels like the better fit, and he is under contract for the next two seasons at a reasonable cap hit of $6 million.

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Ryan Hartman #38 of the Minnesota Wild. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Wild: Ryan Hartman 

The Minnesota Wild may not be interested in trading a player like Ryan Hartman, but it’s fun to speculate. Hartman would be a fantastic addition to the Devils middle-six forward group. Hartman would bring a gritty mentality to New Jersey as well as the ability to put the puck in the net. Hartman potted 34 goals in the 2021-22 season before scoring just 15 in 59 games this past season. Adding Hartman to the mix feels like a perfect fit as he plays to the Devils identity of being hard to play against.