After months of messaging in a devastating New Jersey season, Devils general manager Ray Shero has finally set the tone, negotiating pending free agent Taylor Hall with the unstable Arizona Corps. In the deal that also saw Blake Speers go to the desert, the Devils received three prospects, a first-round 2020 (top-3 protected) and a conditional third-round pick in 2021. New Jersey also retained 50 percent of its remaining Hall contract , which ends July 1st.
Hall, the 2018 Hart Trophy winner, who turned 28 in November, is a former first-team footballer who started his career at Edmonton and was acquired by Sero for coach Adam Larsson in 2016. In his second year with New Jersey , (39), assists (54) and points (93), and it was crucial this season to lead the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. They lost 49 games last season, however, and as the devils failed to meet the post-registration requirements, questions about the future of the organization began to intensify. Although Hall has rebounded to lead New Jersey this season (25 points in 30 games), the Devils’ inability to make him sign a contract extension, coupled with New Jersey’s dreadful first half at the firing of coach John Hynes, he persuaded Sero to open the phone lines and start shopping for the top performer.
For Arizona, the move is just another example of a franchise that reinforces its commitment to the community by adding more star power to the play-contending roster. Since 2017, GM John Chayka has shown a willingness to handle plans and prospects for high-end talent. On Monday, he sank back into his prospect team, sending physical defenseman Kevin Bahl and AHL-proven winners Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr to the Garden. Chayka also negotiated a first choice for the second time in three years.
Kevin Bahl, defender
Age: 19 | 6-7, 230 kg Left Designed: 2018 (55th overall)
The most defensive coach for Canada’s team for the upcoming junior hockey world championship, Bahl is a long-distance body that will sometimes exhibit good mobility and hit the puck from injury. The Niagara Falls (OHL) coach has a very tough shot, but looks more like a type of finish than a defender who can offer consistent offense.
Nick Merkley, forward
Age: 22 | 5-10, 195 kg Left Author: 2015 (30th)
A talented, versatile low-weight player, Merkley spent most of his professional career at the AHL (Tuscon) and when he was healthy, it was one of Arizona’s most promising prospects. Unfortunately, injuries have forced him to lose half of the last two seasons. This year, though, he looks healthy and ready for a full-time NHL role.
Nate Schnarr, center
Age: 20 | 6-3, 180 kg Right-handed. | Designed: 2017 (75th)
A versatile two-way center with great stickhandling skills, Schnarr is a right-handed shot at leading the OHL’s Guelph Storm, helping them win the championship and a place in the 2019 Memorial Cup game. from halftime, but it also has a hard shot if it holds the point. Schnarr is a very good penalty killer and wins big faces in key situations. His skating is modest, but his skeptical style fits well and gives him the chance to chase down badly placed opponents when in the offensive zone.
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Classification of trade
The Yotes can try their first playoff game since 2012. They sit in the Pacific Division with 42 points and their 82 goals are the second lowest allowed in the Western Conference. Their attack was more timely and timely than it was consistent, as they tied for 25th in shooting percentage (8.5%) and 5-5 (47.8%).
Their room brings a dimension they haven’t enjoyed in some time – a person who can draw a line by himself while producing close to a point-per-game percentage. Arizona’s committee rating could work in regular season, but Hall’s addition ensures that they have a bonafide star to touch when the transition gets tough. The fact that they managed to keep Barrett Hayton and Victor Soderstrom in perspective, apart from the fact that New Jersey retains half of Hall’s $ 6 million salary, makes the move even sweeter for Coyotes fans.
New Jersey: C +
You rarely win a trade when your team is in recession and you have to move a star with an expiring contract. This was the situation Shero was in and while some might say he received the best deal, the truth is that he has had 37 draft picks since 2016 and needs hopeless NHL support or something that looks like a goalkeeper prospect – or both. . Instead, he got three B-level prospects and a possible first-round delay.
The only team in the organization that benefits from this move is the AHL affiliate in Binghamton. In the long run, the biggest prize of this deal is choosing the first round with Bahl’s views up. Sero is probably glad the deal is done and the team can move on with Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier leading the way. unfortunately, he was unable to prevent his crop for high scoring prospects that would satisfy them.