GM: Devils Receiving Offers for No. 1 Overall Pick
The New Jersey Devils have received offers for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to their general manager Ray Shero.
In an interview with Pierre LeBrun of TSN, Shero revealed that he received several calls about a possible trade for the No. 1 selection. However, Shero did not mention the interested teams in trading for the top overall pick.
While Shero never categorically stated that the Devils will not trade the No. 1 overall pick, Chris Ryan of NJ.com reported that they might keep the top pick instead of using it to acquire players from other teams.
For the first time in franchise history, the Devils will pick first overall after winning the
Draft Lottery despite having just 8.5 percent chance of winning. The Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars will pick second and third, respectively.
In addition to the top overall selection, the Devils have 10 more picks in the 2017 Draft which they can use to acquire prospects for their rebuilding process. Previously, the Devils have picked No. 2 twice, during the 1984 and 1987 Drafts.
The last time a first overall pick was traded was in 2003 when the Florida Panthers shipped the top selection and a third-round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the No. 3 pick, a second-round pick and right wing Mikael Samuelsson. The Penguins, for their part, used the No. 1 overall pick on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
According to a mock draft by NHL.com, the Devils may acquire center Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Patrick finished with 46 points in 33 regular season games with the Wheat Kings while he 41 goals and 61 assists in 72 regular-season games the previous year.
Other prospects who may be considered right wing Nico Hischier of Halifax, left wing Casey Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie High School, right wing Owen Tippett of Mississauga and defenseman Cale Makar of Brooks.
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