Rumors have come out recently regarding the future in New Jersey of their former first round draft pick Michael McLeod. At 25 years old, McLeod is having the best season of his career to day, and the Devils are willing to move him to address their own problems throughout their roster. With two major concerns the former Kansas City based organization has, the San Jose Sharks should be doing everything they can to try and get this player and more from the Devils.
New Jersey is currently the worst team in the league in high-danger goals against. This is both an indication that their defense is struggling, and that their goaltenders cannot provide the Devils with a save when they are desperate for it. With defense and goaltending being the two areas the Devils may be looking to improve, the Sharks seem like a trade partner that could fit to help things at the Rock improve.
A combination of Mario Ferraro and Kaapo Kahkonen should offer the Devils enough in their two problem areas to slowly turn the ship around. After the Timo Meier deal, we know that these are two teams that do not mind doing business with each other. Ferraro comes with term to replace Ryan Graves who the Devils lost in the summer and never adequately found a replacement for. Kahkonen improves their goaltending situation too.
McLeod should be in the return because he is the kind of player the Sharks could use. He's 25, so he's not too old to be here for a rebuild, but not too young that he's just another child in the lineup. He's an incredibly strong defensive presence, and has an incredible winning percentage in the faceoff dot. The concern would be that McLeod has never produced like this before, so whether this is sustainable or not is still unknown. Is this a breakout or a flash in the pan?
If this was a deal that was something like McLeod and the Devils 2025 first-round pick and McLeod for Kahkonen and Ferraro, with the Devils adding picks and salary to offset it as they need to, it may work for both teams. It will be in the Sharks' best interests to help the Devils be good, because if the Devils reach the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sharks will get another first round pick from the Timo Meier trade. What do you think?