VANCOUVER, BC - The New Jersey Devils were the talk in Vancouver on Saturday as the second day of the NHL Entry Draft got underway. General Manager Ray Shero made the biggest deal of the day that generated a lot of buzz around Rogers Arena and the NHL. Not only did Shero acquire a roster player, he added to the Devils cupboard with 10 selections on Day Two.
1. Day Two kicked off with an absolute bang for the New Jersey Devils! General Manager Ray Shero made the first massive move of the day acquiring Norris trophy winning defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for blue-liners Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies as well as the 34th pick in this year's draft and a 2020 second-round pick.
2. Ray Shero spoke to the media for nearly 25-minutes to address the acquisition of Subban, there Shero mentioned that he spoke with both Taylor Hall and Brian Boyle who know Subban.
3. It certainly didn't take long for Subban to endear himself to the New Jersey Devils fan base. The defenseman released a video on his social media channels to say goodbye to the Nashville franchise and followed it up with his excitement in joining the Devils.
Subban also made the quick switch of his profile picture, better suited for a New Jersey Devil!
4. Subban brings along with him his superstar girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, who equally displayed her excitement on social media in joining New Jersey.
5. The Subban deal wasn't the only one that Shero would swing on Day Two. Mid-way through the second round, Shero flipped forward John Quenneville to Chicago for forward John Hayden. Hayden was a third-round selection by Chicago in 2013 and has played in 113 NHL games all with the Blackhawks.
6. Talk about a prediction from Devils Jack Hughes. At the combine earlier this month, Hughes talked to the Devils brass about his US National program teammate Patrick Moynihan, little did Hughes realize only weeks later the two would be drafted by the same NHL hockey club. The Devils selected Hughes' teammate with the 158th pick in the draft.
7. Wrapping things up! After seven rounds of the draft, the Devils selected three players from the USNTDP, two players from the MHL in Russia, one from the SuperElit league in Finland, one from the NAHL and NCAA each, as well as three players from the OHL including Ottawa 67 teammates (D) Nikita Okhotyuk and (C) Graeme Clarke.
8. Okhotyuk is rather familiar with the Devils franchise, his best friend is Michell Hoelscher who was drafted by New Jersey in 2018. The two are not only teammates but are roommates in Ottawa and Okhotyuk credits Hoelscher for helping him learn English when he arrived in Canada from Russia.
9. The Devils weren't the only teams making deals for players, although theirs drew the most attention. The Vancouver Canucks pleased the hometown crowd with the acquisition of T.J. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning, sending goalie Marek Mazanec to Tampa with a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional selection. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the first trade of the day sending veteran forward Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes in an effort to free up cap space. The deal saved the Leafs $6.25 million in cap space next season.
10. The NHL made it official, the 2019-2020 Salary Cap will be $81.5 million while Salary Floor is set at $60.2 million.