The New Jersey Devils recently announced a trade before the trade deadline on Monday morning. In this trade, the Devils are acquiring defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Washington Capitals. In return, the Devils are giving Washington the conditional third-round pick they received from the Arizona Coyotes from the Taylor Hall trade they made last season. Initially drafted by Washington with the 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Siegenthaler wasn’t standing out as a good defenseman for the Capitals. On a team where John Carlson, Brenden Dillon, and Dmitry Orlov are considered the best defensemen for the Capitals, it’s tough for more players to stand out. So, who is Siegenthaler, and what could he offer to the Devils?
Quick Little Summary about Jonas Siegenthaler
After the Capitals drafted Siegenthaler, he spent some time in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. After he spent some time in Hershey, he would be called up during the 2018-2019 season to play with the Washington Capitals. He would get his first point on December 14th, 2018, against the Carolina Hurricanes when he helped assisted Alex Ovechkin on a goal. During the following season against the Vegas Golden Knights on November 9th, 2019, Siegenthaler would score his first NHL goal on a good shot, in which he was wide open.
What Can Siegenthaler Bring to the Devils?
While Siegenthaler may not be the best young defenseman in the league, he still brings many upsides as a solid defenseman. One thing to know about Siegenthaler is that he is a third-pair defenseman. Since the only defensemen working for them are Ty Smith, adding more defense to the team is excellent. Another reason to be interested in Siegenthaler is how great he can be on the penalty kill. The Devils are an inferior team when it comes to the penalty kill.
I made a whole article about how that ruined some games this season. If Siegenthaler is given more minutes by Ruff this year, he could become a very reliable player on the penalty kill. There’s also one more exciting thing he could bring, and that’s chemistry. Siegenthaler and Nico Hischier, captain of the Devils, are friends, and they played well together. When they were both together in the 2017 World Juniors, they led the Switzerland team in scoring. So maybe they’ll find a special connection on the ice just like they did a couple of years ago and improve the Devils’ point totals.
Will Siegenthaler Work for the Devils?
The Devils are looking to get, perhaps now looking to get younger as their rebuild goes on. Players like Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Smith show how good the Devils can be if they can pan out. So, could Siegenthaler work as a great Devils’ defenseman for the future? Well, where it all stands is how good can he become. I mentioned earlier that he played on a Capitals team with a lot of very talented defenseman, it was hard to find time for him to show his skills. With the right amount of time given by Lindy Ruff, he could show how skillful of a defenseman he could be.
But what happens if he goes to the taxi squad? Since the Devils have many defensive prospects, like Kevin Bahl, Reilly Walsh, and Shakir Mukhamadullin, it will be exciting to see where he stands above those prospects. Could Siegenthaler stay in the NHL if he produces the most while being under a certain amount of time? We’ll have to wait and see what he could do. It’ll be exciting to see how Sigenthaler will become a Devils fan favorite in the future.
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