It has been rumored that the Devils are interested in several players such as Shattenkirk, Spooner, and Vatanen. Any one of these players can definitely improve the Devils' lineup in the short-run and long-run. But what other players can really boost the current players in the lineup?
Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers can be a target for the Devils as he has been slightly underperforming compared to his previous years. Eberle already has chemistry playing with Taylor Hall in Edmonton and can bring more speed to the Devils lineup. The Devils would have to trade a couple of early round picks to get this deal done in my opinion. Eberle is sort of falling out of favor for the Oilers.
Another player on the radar would be Vladimir Sobotka from the Blues. He hasn’t received that much playing time for the Blues over the years, but has the potential to become a star player on a team as the Devils. He is a smart player who can forecheck and make a pass to a finisher such as Palmieri. A player that that would go back in return would be Jacob Josefson and a mid-round pick. Josefson has been effective in certain situations for the Devils such as the powerplay, but still has not found consistency in his game. This trade would make both teams better off and provide the players with a fresh start.
The future is definitely looking very bright for the Devils as they have plenty of options moving forward into the next season. There is a desperate need for offense and for defense. The best solution is to acquire a offensive defensemen. When Nolan Patrick joins the lineup he will establish himself as a two way player nonetheless. Acquiring a defensemen such as Matt Dumba or Nathan Beaulieu would be perfect for the Devil's system. The Devils would not have to give up too much as they already have numerous valuable assets.