Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Why Pittsburgh Penguins Should Rebuild

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an aging core and might not be good enough to make the playoffs anymore, so I think the Penguins should seriously consider rebuilding. It would take some time, but if they rebuild correctly, the Penguins could be a playoff-caliber team in a few years. This is how the Pittsburgh Penguins should rebuild.



At the 2022 Trade deadline, a few major trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin to the Dallas Stars for Roope Hintz, Denis Gurianov, Mavrik Bourque, and a 2022 1st round pick.

With the addition of Evgeni Malkin, the Stars become immediate contenders, while the Penguins get three very top 6 caliber players and a 1st round pick.

The Penguins also trade Kris Letang to the Nashville Predators for Dante Fabbro, Philip Tomasino, 2022 1st round pick.

The Nashville Predators bolster their defense with the addition of Kris Letang, while the Penguins get two good young players and a 1st round pick.

Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust are traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Kyle Turris, Zach Kassian, 2023 1st round pick.

The Oilers bolster their roster with the additions of Carter and Rust for the playoffs at the cost of their 1st round pick.


The Pittsburgh Penguins miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 15th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jason Zucker to the Calgary Flames for Dillon Dube, Juuso Valimaki, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Flames add a much-needed top 6 winger in Jason Zucker, while the Penguins add good two young players and a 2nd round pick.

Brian Dumoulin is traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nic Beaudin, Mike Hardman, and a 2022 3rd round pick.

The Blackhawks add a top 4 defenseman in Brian Dumoulin, while the Penguins add two young prospects and a 3rd round pick.


At the 2022 draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins trade picks 45, 47 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 36, 68.


2022 Draft

10-Jack Hughes

15-Issac Howard

20-Elias Salomonsson

36-Cruz Lucius

68-Simon Forsmark

91-Julian Lutz

111-Tim Almgren

143-Otto Hokkanen

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally start to replenish their farm system, which was the worst-ranked farm system in the NHL.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Kasperi Kapanen-2yrs/4.5M per

Denis Gurianov-3yrs/3.25M per

Zach Aston Reese-2yrs/2M per

Danton Heinen-1yr/1.1M

Sam Lafferty-1yr/750k


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Pittsburgh Penguins sign a few free agents:

Andrew Copp-4yrs/3.95M per

Thomas Greiss-2yrs/3.5M per

Ian Cole-1yr/2.5M


Pittsburgh Penguins miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, two trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Sidney Crosby, Michael Matheson to the Minnesota Wild for Marco Rossi, Matthew Boldy, Carson Lambos, Alexander Khovanov, 2023 1st round pick.

The Penguins get a major haul in exchange for their franchise player, signaling a changing of the guards in Pittsburgh and ushering a new era. 

The Penguins also trade Jake Guentzel to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, 2023 1st round pick.

The Devils get a goal-scoring winger in Jake Guentzel, while the Penguins get Nolan Foote and a 1st round pick.


2023 Draft

10-Hunter Brzustewicz

13-Otto Stenberg

26-Cam Squires

Pittsburgh continues to improve its farm system with the addition of these three stud players.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Tristan Jarry-3yrs/3.5M per

Dante Fabbro-3yrs/3.25M per

Juuso Valimaki-2yrs/1.75M per


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Pittsburgh Penguins make the playoffs in the 2023-24 season, but get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


After the 2023-24 season, a few major trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Denis Gurianov, Dillon Dube, Juuso Valimaki, 2024 1st round pick to the LA Kings for Rasmus Kupari, Arthur Kaliyev.

The Penguins added two high-end prospects, which help bolster their firepower in the lineup.

Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Juuse Saros from Nashville Predators for Tristan Jarry, 2025 2nd round pick.

This is a simple trade, which sees the Penguins acquire Juuse Saros from the Predators for Tristan Jarry and a 2nd round pick.

The Penguins also trade Roope Hintz to the Winnipeg Jets for 2025 2nd round pick, 2026 2nd rd pick. 

The Penguins don't need Roope Hintz anymore, so he is traded to the Jets for two second-round picks.

Alexander Khovanov is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Daniil Tarasov, 2025 2nd round pick.

Columbus needs a number 2 center, and Khovanov helps fill that void, while for the Penguins, Tarasov has a ton of potential, and may one day be a starter in the NHL.


Pittsburgh Penguins buyout Marcus Pettersson; this buyout costs them 1.34 million annually until the 25-26 season.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Marco Rossi-7yrs/6.5M per

Matthew Boldy-6yrs/5.5M per

Carson Lambos-6yrs/5M per

Pierre Oliver Joseph-5yrs/4.85M per

Arthur Kaliyev-4yrs/4.5M per

Philip Tomasino-3yrs/3.5M per

Mavrik Bourque-3yrs/2.8M per

Samuel Poulin-3yrs/2.65M per

Nolan Foote-3yrs/2M per

Hunter Jones-2yrs/1.75M per

Nic Beaudin-2yrs/1M per

Mike Hardman-2yrs/1M per


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have assembled a contending team:



2024-25 Pittsburgh Penguins

M.Boldy-M.Rossi-A.Kaliyev

I.Howard-J.Hughes-R.Kupari

P.Tomasino-M.Bourque-S.Poulin

N.Foote-A.Copp-B.McGinn

C.Lambos-E.Salomonsson

P-O.Joseph-J.Marino

N.Beaudin-D.Fabbro

J.Saros

F.Lindberg

Top prospects: 

F: Cr.Lucius, O.Stenberg, C.Squires, T.Almgren, J.Lutz

D: H.Brzustewicz, S.Forsmark

G: D.Tarasov


The Pittsburgh Penguins have assembled a frightening team that could contend for a long time.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

How New York Rangers can become Legit Contenders Next Year

The New York Rangers have a great young core, but they don't have enough NHL experience yet. If they make the right trades, they could be a legit contender as soon as next year. This is how the New York Rangers can become a legit contender next year.



Before the season, a huge blockbuster trade is made:

New York Rangers acquire Jack Eichel from the Buffalo Sabres for Mika Zibanejad, Braden Schneider, 2023 1st round pick.

This is a fair trade for both sides because the Rangers get a legit superstar in Jack Eichel; while the Sabres get Mika Zibanejad, who is a UFA next season, Braden Schneider, and a 1st round pick.  


The New York Rangers barely squeak into the playoffs in the 2020-21 season and get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

New York Rangers trade Ryan Strome, Vitaly Kravtsov to the San Jose Sharks for Timo Meier.

This is a great trade for both teams because the Sharks get two great players in Ryan Strome and Vitaly Kravtsov, while the Rangers get a top 6 forward in Timo Meier, who had been misused in San Jose.

The Rangers trade Alexandar Georgiev, 2023 7th round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2022 2nd rd pick, 2022 5th round pick, and 2023 3rd round pick.

This was the return the Rangers got in exchange for Cam Talbot, and with the Sabres in dire need of a Starting goalie, I could see them giving up this type of package for a goalie, who could be their starter.


At the 2022 draft, New York Rangers trade pick 18 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 36, 43, 57.


2022 Draft

33-Ryan Greene

36-Cruz Lucius

43-Maveric Lamoureux

48-Cutter Gauthier

57-Ludwig Persson

114-Jere Lassila

123-Gibson Homer

142-Topi Ronni

146-Moritz Elias

178-Gleb Trikozov


New York Rangers re-sign a few players:

Adam Fox-8yrs/9.25M per

Kappo Kakko-2yrs/3.5M per

Sammy Blais-2 yrs/1.5M per

Keith Kinkaid-1yr deal

New York Rangers re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


In Free Agency, NYR sign:

Vincent Trocheck-7yrs/6M per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/2M per


Before the season, two trades are made:

New York Rangers trade Chris Kreider to the Seattle Kraken for Joonas Donskoi, 2023 2nd round pick. If Seattle makes the playoffs or if Kreider scores 20+ goals, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick. 

This is a good trade for both teams because the Kraken get a proven 20 goals scorer in Chris Kreider, while the Rangers get a cheaper option on the third line in Joonas Donskoi and a conditional 2nd round pick, which could become a 1st round pick.

The Rangers also acquire Sam Montembeault from the Florida Panthers for a 2023 6th round pick.

The Rangers need a backup goalie, and Montemebeault has fallen out of favor in Florida, so this is a win-win trade. 


Samuel Montembeault is re-signed to a 1 yr deal.


By the 2022-23 season, the New York Rangers have put together a contending team:



2022-23 New York Rangers

A.Lafreniere-J.Eichel-K.Kakko

A.Panarin-V.Trocheck-J.Donskoi

B.Goodrow-F.Chytil-T.Meier

M.Barron-N.Acciari-S.Blais

K-A.Miller-A.Fox

Z.Jones-J.Trouba

R.Lindgren-N.Lundkvist

I.Shesterkin

K.Kinkaid

Spares: S.Montembeault, P.Nemeth, R.Reaves, D.Hunt

Top Prospects: R.Greene, C.Lucius, C.Gauthier, L.Persson, J.Lassila, M.Lamoureux, G.Homer


This is a dangerous team that could compete for the Stanley Cup for the next couple of years.

Friday, August 20, 2021

How LA Kings can become a Legit contender in THREE Years

The LA Kings have a great young core now, but they aren't quite ready to be contenders yet. However, if they make the right trades, and draft correctly in the coming years, they could be. This is how the LA Kings can become a legit contender in three years


At the 2022 trade deadline, a few trades are made:

LA Kings trade Dustin Brown to the Minnesota Wild for Mitchell Chafee, 2022 2nd round pick. If the Wild make the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both sides; the Wild gets a veteran forward in Dustin Brown, who has plenty of playoff experience, while the Kings get a prospect and a conditional 2nd round pick, that could become a 1st round pick. 

The Kings also trade Olli Maatta, Adrian Kempe to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Vladislav Gavrikov, Eric Robinson, 2022 2nd round pick. 

This is basically two trades in one; first, you have an Olli Maatta for Vladislav Gavrikov swap, which is pretty even; then the Blue Jackets get a 2nd line center in Kempe for Robinson and a 2nd round pick. 

Alex Edler, Andreas Athanasiou get traded to the New York Islanders for Sebastian Aho and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Islanders need to replace Nick Leddy on the 2nd pair and Alex Edler would be a solid fit for the team; on the flip side of the trade, the Kings get a defensive prospect and a 2nd round pick.


The LA Kings miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft. LA drops a spot in the draft lottery and ends up with the 8th pick in the draft.


The Wild made the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, so the Kings will get their 1st round pick.

2022 draft

8-Ivan Miroshichenko

19-Frank Nazar

39-Noah Ostlund

42-Tristan Luneau

63-Simon Forsmark

87-Tomas Hamara

103-Julian Lutz

135-Topi Ronni

167-Linus Hemstrom


LA Kings re-sign Cal Peterson to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season.

Vladislav Gavrikov is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Gabriel Vilardi

Blake Lizotte

Carl Grundstrom

Michael Anderson

 

All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings make a major free agent signing:

Filip Forsberg-7yrs/8.5M per


At the 2023 Trade deadline, the LA Kings make one major trade:

LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick to the Detroit Red Wings for Kaden Fulcer, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Red Wings make the Playoffs or If Jonathan Quick re-signs with the Red Wings, the Kings get the Red Wings 2025 3rd rd pick.

This is a fantastic trade for Detroit because they get a proven goalie in the Playoffs in Jonathan Quick, while the Kings get Kaden Fulcer and a draft pick. 


The LA Kings miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season, finish with the 7th worst record in the league. Unfortunately, the Kings fall two spots in the draft lottery and end up with the 9th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

9-Dalibor Dvorsky

41-Noah Dower Nilsson

73-Mikhail Gulyayev

76-Tommaso De Luca


LA Kings re-sign the following RFAs:

Rasmus Sandin

Tobias Bjornfot

Austin Wagner


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings sign Fredrik Andersen to a 2 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season.


The LA Kings have a breakthrough season and make the playoffs, but lose in the first round.


After the season, two major trades are made:

LA Kings trade Viktor Arvidsson, Alex Iaffalo, Sean Walker to the New Jersey Devils for Jesper Boqvist, Yegor Sharongovich, 2024 2nd rd pick.

The Devils get two top 6 wingers and a top 6 defenseman, which really bolsters the overall depth, while the Kings get two young players in Sharongovish and Boqvist, as well as a 2nd round pick.

The LA Kings also trade Rasmus Kupari, Michael Anderson, 2024 1st round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin, Rodion Amirov.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Kings get Rasmus Sandin and Rodion Amirov, who are very good young players, while the Leafs get Rasmus Kupari, a top prospect, Michael Anderson, and a 1st round pick.


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Quinton Byfield

Alex Turcotte

Arthur Kaliyev

Brandt Clarke

Jordan Spence


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


By the 2024-25 season, the LA Kings have assembled a dangerous team:



2024-25 LA Kings

F.Forsberg-A.Kopitar-Q.Byfield

I.Miroshichenko-A.Turcotte-A.Kaliyev

T.Madden-P.Danault-G.Vilardi

E.Robinson-J-A.Dolan-A.Wagner

T.Bjornfot-D.Doughty

V.Gavrikov-B.Clarke

R.Sandin-J.Spence

C.Peterson

F.Anderson

Top Prospects:

F: A.Thomas, F.Nazar, D.Dvorsky, N.Ostlund, S.Helenius, J.Lutz, M.Chafee

D: H.Grans, T.Luneau, T.Hamara, M.Gulyayev


This is not only a contending team for the upcoming season but for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

How Arizona Coyotes can become a contender in three years

 The Arizona Coyotes have made it clear that they are rebuilding, and have already taken steps towards that process by trading away Oliver Ekman Larsson and Darcy Kuemper, as well as adding numerous draft picks over the next three seasons for taking on bad contracts.

As good a job as the Coyotes have done so far, they are far from done, and I suspect they will be making a few more trades before the season. It will be a long process, but in time, the Coyotes could become a contending time in three years.


This is what the Arizona Coyotes should do to become a contending team in three years.


Before the season, the Arizona Coyotes make a few major trades:

Arizona Coyotes trade Phil Kessel to the Colorado Avalanche for JT Compher, Valeri Nishushkin, and a 2023 2nd round pick. If Kessel re-signs with the Avalanche, the Coyotes get Colorado's 2024 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; the Avalanche get Phil Kessel to play alongside Nazem Kadri on the second line, while the Coyotes get JT Comper and Valeri Nichushkin, two solid role players, and a 2nd round pick.

Arizona Coyotes also trade Clayton Keller to the Ottawa Senators for Ridly Greig, Logan Brown, and a 2023 1st round pick.

Keller joins a very good young core on the Senators, who have quietly assembled a very competitive team; For Arizona, they get two really good prospects and a 1st round pick.

The Coyotes also trade Christian Dvorak to the Boston Bruins for Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 2023 2nd rd pick.

The Bruins desperately need a second-line center, and Dvorak seems like a perfect pit on the B's second line; on the other side of the trade, the Coyotes get Jake DeBrusk, a top 9 forward, Jack Studnicka, a solid prospect, and a 2nd round pick.

Nick Schmaltz is traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin.

This is a one-for-one trade that makes sense for both teams; the Canadiens need a center more than they need Drouin, while the Coyotes could really use a talented player like Drouin in the lineup.


At the trade deadline, the Coyotes make two trades

Arizona Coyotes trade Lawson Crouse, Johan Larsson to the Florida Panthers for Mason Marchment, Eetu Luostarainen, 2023 3rd rd pick. If the Panthers make the 2nd round, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

The Panthers add Crouse and Larsson to bolster their roster for the playoffs; while Coyotes get Mason Marchment, who replaces Crouse in the lineup, a prospect, and a conditional pick.

The Coyotes also trade Ilya Lybushkin, Ryan Dzingel to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brett Connolly, 1st rd pick 2023.

The Blackhawks bolster the lineup for a playoff run adding Lybushkin and Dzingel, while also getting rid of Brett Connolly's Contract; on the other hand, the Coyotes get a 1st round pick for players on expiring contracts and for eating Connolly's contract.


The Arizona Coyotes end up with the worst record in the NHL, and but slide to the 2nd pick in the draft.


At the 2022 draft, the Arizona Coyotes trade picks 33, 3rd rd pick 2023 to the Carolina Hurricanes for pick 22.


2022 Draft

2-Matthew Savoie

22-Danila Yurov

33-Cruz Lucius

37-Lian Bichsel

43-Alexander Suzdalev

47-Tristan Luneau

57-Ludwig Persson

65-Simon Forsmark

97-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

129-Hugo Havelid


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Jake DeBrusk-2yrs/3.75M per

Antoine Roussel-3yrs/3M per

Christian Fischer-3yr/1.75M per

Josef Korenar-2yrs/1.5M per

Barrett Hayton-2yrs/1.2M per

Mason Marchment-2yr/1M per

Eetu Luostarainen-2yrs/1M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


The Coyotes signed a few players in free agency:

Frank Vatrano-3yrs/3.5M per

Robby Fabbri-2yrs/3M per

Joshua Brown-3yrs/2.5M per

Mark Borowiecki-2yrs/1.8M per


Phil Kessel did not re-sign with Colorado, so the Coyotes won't get Colorado's 2024 1st round pick.


Before the season, the Coyotes make a trade

Arizona Coyotes acquire Cayden Primeau from the Montreal Canadiens for the 2024 4th round pick.

The Coyotes get prospect goalie, Cayden Primeau from Montreal; it's a win for the Coyotes and Primeau because the Coyotes need a goalie of the future, while Primeau gets a chance to compete for the starting job.


Cayden Primeau is re-signed to a 2yr deal worth 1.5 million per season


At the trade deadline, two trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jonathan Drouin to the LA Kings for Jaret Anderson Dolan, Akil Thomas, 2024 3rd round pick. If Drouin re-signs with the Kings, the Coyotes get an additional 2nd round pick.

Drouin will be a free agent after the season, so the Coyotes would be smart to trade him for something rather than losing him for nothing.


The Coyotes also trade Valeri Nichushkin, Shayne Gostisbehere to the New Jersey Devils for Jonas Siegenthaler, 2023 3rd round pick. The Coyotes retain 50% of Gostisbehere's contract.

This is a fantastic trade for the Coyotes to get such a good return for two pending UFAs; for the Devils, both Gostisbehere and Nichushkin can be solid role players on a playoff team.


The Arizona Coyotes finish the 2022-23 season with the 6th worst record in the league, but they have lottery luck and land the 1st pick in the draft.


Before the draft, two huge trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jake DeBrusk + picks 63, 74 in the 2023 draft to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey.

The Coyotes take a huge step forward to being a contender by acquiring Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey from a cap-strapped Islanders team.

The Coyotes also acquire Vladislav Gavrikov, 2nd rd pick '24 from the Columbus Blue Jackets for JT Compher, Jonas Siegenthaler, pick 70.

The Coyotes get Gavrikov for Compher and Siegenthaler, and the Coyotes also swap their 3rd round pick in 2023 for a 2nd in 2024.


At the 2023 draft, Arizona trade picks 11, 18, 38, 57, 59 to the Seattle Kraken for pick 4.


2023 Draft

1-Connor Bedard

4-Brayden Yager


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Vladislav Gavrikov-2yrs/3.5M per

Logan Brown-3yrs/3M per

Cameron Crotty-2yrs/950k per

Akil Thomas-2yrs/900k per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


Jonathan Drouin did not re-sign with the Kings, so the Coyotes don't get LA's 2nd round pick in 2024.


The Arizona Coyotes make major progress during the 2023-24 season and have a much better record, however, they still miss the playoffs. Arizona ends up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2024 draft, one major trade is made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jakub Chychurun, Barrett Hayton, pick 13 to the Colorado Avalanche for Bowen Byram.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Coyotes get their cornerstone defenseman in Byram, while the Avalanche get a top 4 defenseman in Jakub Chychurun, a top 6 forward in Barrett Hayton, and a 1st round pick.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Victor Soderstrom-5yrs/4.25M per

Cayden Primeau-3yrs/3.25M per

Josef Korenar-3yrs/2.5M per

Ridley Greig-2yrs/1.5M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Arizona Coyotes have assembled a young and scary team.


2024-25 Arizona Coyotes

R.Greig-C.Bedard-Cr.Lucius

A.Beauvillier-M.Savoie-J.Bailey

F.Vatrano-L.Brown-A.Thomas

A.Roussel-J.Anderson Dolan-Ch.Fischer

B.Byram-C.Crotty

V.Gavrikov-V.Soderstrom

S.Forsmark-J.Brown

C.Primeau

J.Korenar

Top Prospects: B.Yager, A.Suzdalev, L.Bichel, T.Luneau, L.Persson, J.Lekkerimaki, H.Havelid


Not only are the Coyotes on the cusp of being a contending team, but they will be for many more years.



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

How New Jersey Devils can make the Playoffs THIS YEAR

 New Jersey Devils' GM, Tom Fitzgerald has said that the Devils want to take that next step this season, and possibly vie for a playoff spot. In this blog, I  explore how the Devils can turn their team into a playoff-caliber team this season.

Here is a quick look at the roster right now, and the prospects they have that could potentially crack the lineup.




The current lineup looks like this:

J.Kuokkanen-J.Hughes-Y.Sharangovich

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-A.Johnsson

N.Foote-J.Boqvist-M.Studenic

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-D.Severson

J.Siegenthaler-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier

Prospects who could potentially crack the lineup are Alexander Holtz, Dawson Mercer, Tyce Thompson, Kevin Bahl


The Biggest weakness of the Devils at the current moment is goal scoring; if Holtz and Mercer aren't NHL ready yet, then they need to go out and trade for one.


The Devils have been one of the teams that have been linked to Vladimir Tarasenko; Tarasenko is exactly what this team needs, a goal-scoring winger to play alongside Jack Hughes.


New Jersey Devils trade Jesper Boqvist, Reilly Walsh, and a conditional  2023 2nd round pick to the St.Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko. If Tarasenko scores 25+ goals in both of the next two seasons, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

Vladimir Tarasenko will immediately become the Devils' top-line Right-winger, and for the Blues, they gain 6.5 million in cap space.


Since the Devils had to trade away Jesper Boqvist in the Vladimir Tarasenko trade, they need to go out and add a 4th line center.

The player that they should try to target is Derrick Brassard, a veteran player who has a good amount of playoff experience.

New Jersey Devils sign Derrick Brassard to a 1 yr deal worth 1.5 million

In addition to Brassard, the Devils also sign Alex Chiasson to a 2yrs deal worth 2.5 million per season.


At the start of the season, this is how the lineup looks like:



J.Kuokkonen-J.Hughes-V.Tarasenko

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-Y.Sharangovich

A.Johnsson-D.Brassard-A.Chiasson

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-D.Severson

J.Siegenthaler-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier


At the Deadline, the New Jersey Devils are a borderline playoff team, so they make a blockbuster trade


New Jersey Devils trade Damon Severson, Janne Kuokkanen to the Anaheim Ducks for Josh Manson, Isac Lundestrom.

The Devils get a stud defensive defenseman in Josh Manson and a steady two-way forward in Isac Lundestrom, while the Ducks get a good offensive defenseman in Severson and a solid top 9 forward in Janne Kuokkanen.


Thanks to the change made at the deadline, the Devils make the playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season.


By the start of the playoffs, this is how the lineup looks like:




I.Lundestrom-J.Hughes-V.Tarasenko

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-Y.Sharangovich

A.Johnsson-D.Brassard-A.Chiasson

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-J.Manson

K.Bahl-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier


This team is built to make some noise in the playoffs because of the changes made in the offseason and at the deadline.