The New Jersey Devils placed several players on waivers. It will be interesting to see if they claim a goalie.
In a hectic day of waivers, the New Jersey Devils have contributed five players of their own. The organization has made Brandon Gignac, Josh Jacobs, Nick Merkley, Ben Street, and Colton White available.
The only (and biggest) surprise here is Merkley, who had been having a fantastic training camp.
Merkley, who is 23 years old, had been playing so well at this year’s camp that seeing him make the team wouldn’t have come as a surprise to many, especially because the Devils are a young team that will likely miss the 2021 playoffs.
Something else to like about Merkley is his versatility- he can play both as a right winger and a center- but the Devils would’ve likely used him as a winger since that’s one of their most glaring needs.
Devils fans are going to hope that Merkley is able to clear waivers. Having him clear and then be sent down to the AHL with the possibility of him eventually being recalled would be ideal here.
The Devils have placed multiple players on waivers, yes, but it’ll be interesting to see who they claim for themselves, especially in terms of goaltending.
If they can find someone they deem to be a viable backup on waivers, they’ll likely make a move.