5 Former Stud Prospects New Jersey Devils Should Target At Trade Deadline

The New Jersey Devils always want pieces that have a long-term impact on the team. There are some intriguing former prospects the Devils could theoretically get before the NHL Trade Deadline.

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2. Philip Broberg
Edmonton Oilers

The New Jersey Devils need another defenseman. They gave up Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotiuk in the Timo Meier deal and saw Cal Foote get taken off the roster due to the Hockey Canada scandal that led to his arrest for sexual assault. They still have some prospects available like Santeri Hatakka and Topias Vilen, and they have two rookie of the year candidates in Simon Nemec and Luke Hughes. However, it's always good to get another young defenseman.

There are reports that teams are asking for Philip Broberg in trades with the Edmonton Oilers. They are very reluctant to do that, and apparently, the Oilers outright refuse to do that in a deal for a rental. Maybe the Devils and Oilers can find a deal that makes everyone happy.

Broberg is apparently seeking a trade himself. The Oilers just didn't play the Swedish defenseman when he was in the NHL this season. At 22 years old, he played just over 10 minutes per game. For the most part, he's considered an "extra" defenseman. The Oilers haven't needed Broberg since none of their defenders have been hurt this season. Must be nice.

The Devils could give Broberg an opportunity. That's ultimately what he's looking for. The Oilers want a young player in return, a luxury the Devils could afford. He's left-handed, which is where the Devils need more depth. He has the pedigree, and he will fit right into the Devils window when he develops.