4 Conference Finals players who could be New Jersey Devils next season

Each of the four remaining playoff teams will have to make difficult roster decisions to return to where they are next season. Who could find their way into the New Jersey Devils lineup after a shorter offseason?
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Philip Broberg - Edmonton Oilers (RFA)

Broberg, the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has been a substantial disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers. Shuffled between Edmonton and AHL Bakersfield this past season, Broberg put up a woeful two points in 12 games. He has found his way into the lineup for just two postseason games so far this year, with one assist to show for it.

It seems clear that Broberg is playing out his last games with the Oilers, and he is likely to be non-tendered or have his restricted free-agent rights traded for pennies on the dollar. Teams will inquire about the 22-year-old defensemen. GM Tom Fitzgerald and the New Jersey Devils should be one of them.

In a way, Broberg is in a similar position to the one Mirco Mueller found himself in before he was traded from the Sharks to the Devils. Mueller was also a high-draft-pick defenseman (18th overall) who could not find a way to crack the lineup of a contender and was traded for substantially less than he was drafted for. The team that acquires Broberg will hope that it works out better for them than Mueller did for the Devils, but Broberg is also a much more talented player.