3 reasons why Noah Hanifin to the NJ Devils would make sense

Despite their struggles this season, the NJ Devils could still pull off a blockbuster trade, and Noah Hanifin would make a lot of sense.

Feb 6, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) clears the puck
Feb 6, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) clears the puck / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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New Jersey has the assets to give the Flames what they would want

Noah Hanifin isn’t going for anything less than a first-round pick, and the Devils fortunately have one in 2024 that they can send over for Hanifin. As it stands, they also have a first-rounder for 2025 and 2026, second-round picks in 2025 and 2026, plus third-rounders in 2024, 2025, and 2026. 

If the Flames want multiple early-round selections, the Devils have more than enough to compensate. And even if Calgary wanted a few prospects for Hanifin, New Jersey can also send at least a couple of them over. 

Per Scott Wheeler of The Athletic, the Devils don’t have anything close to an elite prospects pool, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some youngsters the Flames would be interested in. For one, Calgary would like to have a young center with scoring potential in the system, especially following the Elias Lindholm trade.

They also got a pair of defensemen in that trade with Hunter Brzustewicz and Joni Jurmo. Therefore, either at least a mid-tier center or even a forward who can play both center and on the wing would be hard for Calgary to pass on, especially with additional high draft picks involved.