The New Jersey Devils apparently have interest in New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson, here’s why that doesn’t make much sense.
Brock Nelson has had an extremely disappointing season for the New York Islanders. Through 46 games he has just 14 points. He hasn’t scored in 50 straight regulation periods, by all means, he’s been a disaster in 2017-2018.
That’s why I was surprised to hear that a team in the East and a division rival no less has interest in Brock Nelson.
This is what Elliotte Friedman said in his 31 thoughts earlier this week:
"Don’t know if the Islanders and Devils would make a trade with both chasing the playoffs, but I do think New Jersey has taken a look at Brock Nelson. May not go anywhere, though."
The Devils interested in Brock Nelson? They currently are sitting in the second spot in the Metro why do they need an underachieving center? Brock Nelson doesn’t help the Devils.
They have two very solid centers, rookie Nico Hischier on the top line and Brian Boyle on the fourth line. Those two have been arguably the most productive centers for New Jersey this year.
Then in the middle, you have an established player in Travis Zajac and Pavel Zacha. Zajac is a Devils legend and somebody coming off back to back 40 point seasons. At a near $6 million cap hit through 2020-2021, he’s not going anywhere.
As for Pavel Zacha, he’s yet to impress but he was a top-10 pick back in 2015. Surely, the Devils should give the 20-year old a chance at the NHL level before bringing in a very mediocre Brock Nelson to take his place.
I’m all for trading Brock Nelson, even though his value is likely shot, but it has to be a situation that makes sense for both teams. In this situation, I can’t say I agree with Friedman’s theory here. The Devils and Islanders making a trade in general at this point doesn’t seem logical and a depth center doesn’t look like a position of need for the Devils either.