The New Jersey Devil are set to acquire forward Mark Scheifel from the Philadelphia Flyers, reports NJ.com.
According to NJ.net’s Mike Petraglia, Philadelphia’s first round pick in the 2019 NHL draft is the likely destination of the Devils, which could come at the expense of the Philadelphia native.
Scheifeel has played four NHL seasons with the Devils since being drafted 19th overall in 2013, and has appeared in eight games for Philadelphia this season.
With the Devils in need of a forward after signing Andrew Ference to a five-year, $25 million contract, and Philadelphia needing a winger, the 25-year-old Scheifel could be the answer.
A 6-foot-3, 207-pound player, Scheifeel was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Devils.
This season he has recorded 17 points (7G-11A) in 57 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.
At the beginning of the season, Scheifels team was on the brink of falling out of the AHL playoffs with a 5-2-0 record, but he has emerged as a key player on the team and a strong leader.
“He’s been a leader for our team,” Devils head coach John Hynes said of Scheifeles development, according to NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Culham.
“He’s a guy who we like to get his head down, he’s a competitor, he wants to get better, he doesn’t mind playing hard and he likes to compete.
He’s a player that we’re really looking forward to seeing more of in the NHL.
While Scheifels development will undoubtedly benefit Philadelphia, it will be interesting to see if the Devils are willing to give up a first round draft pick for a player of his caliber.
If Scheifeels development goes well, it would be a huge boost to the Flyers who have struggled to find scoring punch in the top six of their lineup.
The Devils are currently looking to re-sign goaltender Mike Smith, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month.
Schiefels addition to the Devils will not be enough to keep the team afloat, however, as the Flyers currently sit at a 26-27-10 record.
In addition to Scheifela, the Devils also have a number of young prospects that could be a major part of the next wave of team success.
Ryan Strome, the son of former New York Islanders goalie Steve Strome was taken in the fifth round by the Buffalo Sabres, while the Devils own two first round picks in 2021 and 2022.
Also, if the Flyers can bring back their best player, their future is looking bright.
Former NHLer Ilya Bryzgalov, a 2016 first round selection by the Edmonton Oilers, is in his second year with the Flyers, and will likely join the club at the start of the 2019-20 season.