The New Jersey Devils made a small splash 17 minutes after the 3PM EST trade freeze deadline today when they announced a trade with the San Jose Sharks. New Jersey sent two 2017 draft picks, a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder to the Sharks in exchange for 22 year-old defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth-round pick. The Devils still have 10 picks in this year’s draft.
He’s a pretty decent sized defenseman, he’s young, and he’s quick. Here are some of Mueller’s stats, via Eliteprospects.com:
And here’s what Rafik Soliman had to say about him, also via Eliteprospects.com:
And here’s what Kevin Kurz, a San Jose Sharks insider for NBC Sports California had to say about him:
I definitely like the trade. Mueller would have to be protected if the Devils don’t want to lose him, even though Vegas probably wouldn’t take him from a plethora of other options. The Devils could also be using him as trade bait; they might work out a deal with Vegas somehow. And I’m sure Mirco being Swiss has absolutely nothing to do with anything else.
A few of the others trades that happened today/last night:
- The Coyotes sent longtime G Mike Smith to the Flames for G Chad Johnson’s rights, prospect Brandon Hickey, and a conditional 2018 third round pick
- The Sabres acquired D Nathan Beaulieu from the Canadiens in exchange for a 2017 third round pick
- This morning, the Blue Jackets cut a deal with Vegas: in exchange for Columbus’s first round pick and a prospect (not Pierre-Luc Dubois or Sonny Milano), Vegas has to select either LW Matt Calvert, C William Karlsson, or D Ryan Murray
- Late last night, the Coyotes also sent a fifth round pick and prospect Brendan Warren to the Flyers for C Nick Cousins and goalie prospect Merrick Madsen
Teams can still work out deals with Vegas if they want to starting at 10AM EST tomorrow morning but no other trades between teams can occur. Most of the trades today were underwhelming but I’m sure this next week has plenty in store for us. Get your popcorn ready and buckle in.