Timo Meier of the New Jersey Devils.
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Devils' terrible season causes major setback for the San Jose Sharks

Published April 10, 2024 at 8:12 PM

When the San Jose Sharks traded Timo Meier to the Devils, they were expecting two first-round picks in return, but unfortunately that has changed in a big way.

Coming into 2023-24, the New Jersey Devils were expected to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, and if that happened, they would surrender their 2024 first-round pick to the San Jose Sharks as a result of that trade. However, the team are now officially eliminated from playoff contention, and in doing so, the deal has been finalized, with the team instead sending their 2024 second-round pick to San Jose.

Draft Pick Condition Update:

With #NJDevils eliminated from playoff contention yesterday, the 2024 2nd round pick sent to #SJSharks in the Timo Meier trade will NOT upgrade to a 2024 1st round pick.

Now, the Sharks have just two first-round picks in 2024, with their own potentially becoming the No. 1 overall pick, and while it decreases the value of the trade, they have still landed Fabian Zetterland and Quentin Musty, so it hasn't been a total loss. For the Devils, they now posses what may be a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft, with questions surrounding a potential trade for a veteran or indeed using that pick, giving much more intrigue to the 2024 first round of the NHL Draft.

Ultimately, this was still a move that the Sharks needed to make, and with Meier off the books and another draft pick under their belt, what should end up being a very long rebuild continues.
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