With this latest loss to Pittsburgh, the devils are now guaranteed a top ten pick, and where they are right now, could draft as high as second. I will ask an importan question after the jump.
Should the Devils consider trading their first round draft pick? I absolutely think they should be open to listening to offers. Maxime Clermont, Scott Wedgewood, and Jeff Frazee are the top goalies within the organization. The question is, can they replace Martin Brodeur when he retires. Unfortunately filling the shoes of a legend is going to add pressure to whoever takes his place, so this is something else that must be considered. Can the replacement handle big time pressure like replacing a legend, or playing in a game 7? There are several goalies who could potentially be acquired if the Devils include this draft pick in the deal. Last year before Jaroslav Halak was traded, several of my friends who are Canadiens fans said that they heard rumors the Devils were inquiring about Carey Price, with the plan being that Marty could mentor him for a few years while he continued to develop. If this was true, it obviously fell through when the St. Louis trade happened. But even if it was not true, I think this is a good idea. Bringing in a goalie, who has shown they can be competitive in the NHL, and having Marty mentor him while they continue to develop.
For me there are 5 candidates that jump out. Jonathan Bernier, Braden Holtby, Semyen Varlamov, Michael Neuvirth, and Anders Lindback. These are all goalies who have shown they could win at the NHL level, and at the same time have trouble being the number one becasue their teams already have established goalies who are also young. I think if the devils really wanted to do something like this, washington would be the most likely partner since they have 3 young goalies.
So what says you? Do you think if the Devils can obtain a goalie they should consider moving this draft pick? For the poll im going to make it which goalie would you want, and you can sound off below if you think there is another alternative or if they should just stay put and use the pick themselves.