Blake Coleman trade grades: Lightning gain depth, Devils add top prospect Nolan Foote

The New Jersey Devils took another action towards deconstructing their veteran lineup on Sunday.

Simply hours after shipping captain Andy Greene to the New York City Islanders for defenseman David Quenneville and their 2021 second-round choice, the team traded energetic winger Blake Coleman to the Stanley Cup- competing Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for top-rated prospect Nolan Foote and Vancouver’s 2020 first-round choice (conditional).

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Below is a breakdown of each part of Sunday’s trade in between the Lightning and Devils.

New Jersey Devils get:

Nolan Foote, LW, 27 th total in 2019

A dual-threat power winger who was important to Canada’s march to gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, Foote was among Tampa’s top potential customers heading into this season after playing well at several advancement or training school. The kid of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote and more youthful bro of Tampa’s 2017 first-round choice Cal, Nolan has actually constantly been considered a top prospect going back to his bantam days. A fully grown, level-headed forward with a sharp hockey IQ, he likewise has a strength that assists him daunt on or off the puck.

Taking A Look At New Jersey’s farm system exposes a considerable space in the strength department, however do not believe for one second that Foote’s ceiling is restricted to a crash-and-bang role gamer. He boasts a plus-plus shot, elite puck security, and his misleading speed and dexterity gets him into those prime scoring locations with consistency.

The only problem with Foote is his health– he’s missed out on a piece of time in 3 of his 4 seasons with the WHL’s Kelowna Firecrackers; a current lower-body injury has actually restricted him to simply 26 games this season. Foote is physically fully grown adequate to play in the NHL best away, his injuries most likely keep him in junior hockey for the rest of the season. Having a late-2000 birthday (Nov. 29) makes Foote qualified to start next season with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

First-round conditional choice (from Vancouver)

Tampa Bay formerly obtained this draft choice from Vancouver in the J.T. Miller offer last offseason. As it stands, both clubs are anticipated to not just make the playoffs however are likewise in contention to win their particular departments. If that occurs for the Canucks, the Devils are taking a look at a late first-round choice in addition to their own first and the top- 3 secured first-round select they got from Arizona in the Taylor Hall trade.

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If a situation plays out where Vancouver makes the playoffs as a wild card and the Coyotes are a lottery game team, it’s possible that New Jersey might wind up with 3 choices in the top-20 of this year’s draft.

Needs to the Canucks stop working to make the postseason, the first-round select shifts to the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Grade: A

Tampa Bay Lighting get:

Blake Coleman, LW

A fast two-way winger who is a high-volume shooter, Coleman has actually been among the couple of bright areas for the Devils this season after rapidly ending up being a fan favorite. Of his 275 shot efforts, over 66 percent are on net and he’s had 16 games where he’s had 5 shots ormore Coleman likewise has actually scored 20- plus objectives for the second successive year (22 last season, 21 this season) and appears to establish chemistry with whomever his linemates are.

New Jersey’s penalty kill is among its couple of bright areas throughout its season of torment, and Coleman and center Travis Zajac were the essential cogs because regard. Tampa’s unique teams have actually been exceptional so far, so it’s not as if Coleman fills some sort of important need heading; nevertheless, the Bolts had the league’s top-rated penalty eliminate leading up to last season’s first-round match and Columbus scored 5 power-play objectives in its stunning 4-game sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Tampa Bay and its high-powered attack do not always need Coleman to supply offense, however he’s an excellent contingency if the top- 6 are blanked. His only playoff experience can be found in New Jersey first-round loss to the Lightning in 2018, when he scored two times in 5 games.

Grade: B

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Summary

This was a high rate for Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman to pay, even with Coleman secured till July 1, 2021, with a workable yearly cap hit of $1.8 million.

The Bolts clearly remain in win- now mode and need to eliminate the discomfort of in 2015’s devastating postseason. Unless Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup, the trading of basically 2 first-round chooses for a winger who’ll be fortunate to play more than 10-12 minutes a game at 5v5 is hard to validate– despite Coleman’s shot predisposition or how well their AHL potential customers are advancing.

It’s insane to believe that it was less than 8 months back when ownership broke the bank to get pricey skill for another playoffrun For the Devils and their fans, today was another action towards modifying a lineup that is just 2 years eliminated from a playoff berth. They had 11 chooses in in 2015’s draft and now sit at 8 (and, most likely climbing) for 2020, and it’s skeptical interim general manager Tom Fitzgerland is anywhere near being done wheeling and dealing.

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