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TSN's Frank Seravalli recently published a trade bait board
that looked at 24 players who could be moved in the coming weeks.
Some players – Mike Hoffman, for example – are more likely to be traded than others but I thought it'd be fun to look at a few names who could be of interest to the New Jersey Devils.
I'm sure the Devils, like most teams, will be inquiring about Hanifin's availability. He can skate, he can move the puck, he can produce points, and he fits in with the team's developing core.
Each year in the league his Relative Corsi For% and Relative Scoring Chance For% has improved. The same can be said of his point totals and the rate of which he records them.
His play without the puck needs work but he has the skating ability, edge work, size, and reach to be a good defender.
Hanifin wouldn't come cheap – it's been speculated the Canucks already put the 7th overall pick on the table – but he'd help address a big need on the left side of the blue line.
Galchenyuk's average (not total) 5v5 shooting percentage over the first five years of his career: 11.6%.
Galchenyuk's 5v5 shooting percentage in 2017-18: 6.5%.
Naturally, this will probably be the summer the Montreal Canadiens finally pull the trigger and trade him.
The Devils don't necessarily need help on the left side but Galchenyuk would provide some more scoring pop for a team that could use it and they'd be buying low to boot. It's also worth noting Galchenyuk has caught the team's eye in the past.
Let me preface this by saying I don't think the Flames will trade Dougie Hamilton, nor do I think they should
His name is once again out there, though, and the Devils have the pieces necessary to pull off a trade if the Flames are serious about it.
The Flames don't own a 1st round pick and it's no secret they'd like to change that. If the Devils were to put 17th overall and, say, Damon Severson on the table, you'd have to believe Flames GM Brad Treliving would be tempted.
He'd acquire the 1st round pick he's after while bringing back a talented, young, right-handed defenseman to help the team remain competitive.
This would leave the Devils without a pick in the top-3 rounds (not ideal!) but Hamilton is an elite 24-year-old defender locked up for three more seasons and, well, guys like him are worth paying for.
A closer look at another possibility for the Devils at 17th overall
Five potential 1st round draft targets for the Devils
On the possibility of trading down and Ilya Kovalchuk
What about Noah Hanifin?
The Devils should not pursue John Carlson in free agency
The Devils should inquire about Nino Niederreiter
The Devils should target Calvin de Haan
Could the Devils trade Damon Severson?
Miles Wood drastically improved in 2017-18
The Devils should let Brian Gibbons test free agency
Pavel Zacha has been one of NHL's best penalty killers since entering the league
It's time to walk away from John Moore