How should the New Jersey Devils approach the NHL Draft and NHL goalies?

Well, it's that time again. The New Jersey Devils have another pretty high pick in the NHL Draft after a disappointing season. But that doesn't mean they plan to use it. There are rumors floating around about what the Devils might do with the pick, but the most common rumor is that they'll trade it for a goalie.

There are four goalies that have at least been mentioned as targets for the Devils, so we'll come back to those and what teams might be thinking about the trade and potential value.

Juuse Saros is an absolute monster. Any trade proposal would have to blow the other teams away to get accepted. Because of this, this is by far the player who will be the least involved in a trade, while also being the one the Devils should prioritize.

He just turned 29 and despite being on a mid-major team, he is definitely one of the top five goalies in the league. Last season was the first time his save percentage was above .910. If this Devils team could do that, they would be a real threat in the playoffs and the rest of the league should be afraid of them getting a defenseman and a decent system.

However, 10OA for Jusse Saros is a quick drop from the Predators who would have teams vying for him and who want to win now with an aging core, so they would probably want a piece to win now, which is why it won't work for Jersey. The Devils' core is solid, neither of the two young defensemen are going for anyone, so the best this team could throw them is probably the 10th pick, Mercer and Casey. A very good deal, but one that will help more in the future, and there are other teams that could give them the big forward the franchise didn't have right now, like Tkatchuk or Marner, so this trade is a pipe dream for the Devils.

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