New Jersey Devils: Realistic Atlantic Division Trade Targets

William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Ottawa Senators. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /

Ottawa Senators: Alex DeBrincat

Alex DeBrincat, for the second summer in a row, will be the subject of plenty of trade talk. The 25-year-old winger is a restricted free agent this summer, and it appears as if the Ottawa Senators have seen enough of DeBrincat after just one season. If this is the case, the Senators are selling incredibly low on a player coming off the worst season of his career but capable of so much more.

The Chicago Blackhawks shipped DeBrincat to Ottawa last summer for an impressive haul, including the 7th-overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. A potential deal for DeBrincat this summer will not see a return as impressive going back to Ottawa. The Devils would be downright silly not to inquire about the young sniper who has already potted 187 NHL goals at the ripe-old age of 25. There is a potential fit for DeBrincat in New Jersey, as the Devils were rumored to be interested in him last summer. Perhaps the second try is the charm.

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Kirby Dach #77 of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /

Montreal Canadiens: Kirby Dach

Let’s set the record straight. Kirby Dach is still only 22 years old, so there’s a chance that the Montreal Canadiens have zero interest in moving him. For this exercise, let’s assume there is a chance for a move considering the current state of the Canadiens.

Dach is intriguing because he has progressed offensively throughout his young four-year NHL career. Following a 38-point season in just 58 games last season, Dach has the potential to be a 50+ point player in a full season with a better team as early as next season.

Dach could also bring a bit of size to the Devils lineup. He is listed at 6’4″ and 212 pounds. That’s a pretty big boy in the NHL. Dach’s potential is still quite unknown, but if the Devils are looking for another young forward and Montreal is willing to move him, then this could be Tom Fitzgerald’s next surprise acquisition.