5 possible New Jersey Devils free agent targets that are still available

It was a wild and crazy first day of NHL Free Agency, with more than 130 contracts given out across the league. Despite more than $1 billion spent, there are still multiple free agents the New Jersey Devils could target.
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3. Daniel Sprong

Daniel Sprong is an offensive-first player who can make the best of his limited time on the ice. Despite playing just 12 minutes per game, Sprong had 43 points. He can score from multiple places, and his instincts are up there with anyone, at least in the offensive zone.

The issue with Sprong is on the other side of the ice. He is absolutely terrible defensively. Some might say he’s a liability, but that’s why he gets limited time. With additions to this team like Stefan Noesen, Paul Cotter, and Kurtis MacDermid, they can afford someone who focuses solely on scoring. 

Should Sprong play alongside Jack Hughes on the top line? Obviously not. He’s figured out the role that suits him. He doesn’t need a ton of ice time. That actually works in his favor. A team like the Devils that is trying to get both Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier’s line as much time as possible while also finding a role for a third line with Erik Haula and possibly Ondrej Palat, a player who accepts a role of 12 minutes and still scores is important. 

The pickings are slim, but Sprong is among the few players who would excite the fanbase. That’s not to say the Devils should make their moves based on who makes Twitter happy, but it’s always nice to get everyone behind a signing.