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4 Trade Destinations for Devils’ Alex Holtz

Noah Hanifin Calgary Flames

With the trade deadline approaching, all eyes are on New Jersey Devils general manager (GM) Tom Fitzgerald as he tries to push the Devils toward a firm playoff position. They’ve had a disappointing season, but that can mostly be chalked up to injury woes and atrocious goaltending. A splash at the trade deadline can certainly be enough to put the Devils back into a comfortable playoff spot.

One name that could go the other way in a trade is Alex Holtz, a 22-year-old sniper who hasn’t gotten quite enough opportunity with the Devils. The former seventh-overall pick has 13 goals and 24 points in 55 games, which, though it doesn’t seem like all that much production, is quite respectable considering he’s spent the overwhelming majority of the year in the bottom-six, particularly on the fourth line. On the season, Holtz is sporting an expected goals share (xGF%) of 48.41% and is third on the team in 5v5 points with 22. He should garner a ton of interest from other teams as an already-productive young NHLer with sky-high potential, and the Devils should be looking to move him as someone with excellent trade value and an inability to move up in the lineup.

Calgary Flames

One team the Devils have constantly been linked to this season is the Calgary Flames. Between stud goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defensemen Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev, there are plenty of reasons for Fitzgerald to look to the Flames as a potential trade partner. Pair that with the fact that the two parties have already traded with each other this season — a deal that sent stud goalscorer Tyler Toffoli to the Devils in exchange for young up-and-comer Yegor Sharangovich and a third-round pick — and the Devils and Flames may reconvene for another trade closer to (or at) the trade deadline.

Noah Hanifin, Calgary Flames (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

I don’t think the Devils would consider moving Holtz for Tanev, but I could see a world in which he’s used in a package to get either — or both of — Markstrom and Hanifin. The Devils are in dire need of goaltending and defensive help, and could afford to sacrifice a young offensive chip should the Flames present a fair offer. For the Flames, their season hasn’t lived up to standard either, and they’ve been teetering on a rebuild for a couple seasons now. It might be time for that to get kickstarted, and who better to acquire than a young, talented player that they can put with the likes of Dustin Wolf, Connor Zary, and Matt…

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