The New Jersey Devils today traded forward Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for left wing Nolan Foote and Vancouver's first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (previously acquired by Tampa Bay). The condition on the pick is as follows: if Vancouver fails to qualify for the 2020 NHL playoffs, New Jersey shall then receive Vancouver's first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft instead of a first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
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Foote, 19, is currently serving as captain of Kelowna (WHL) where he has 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 26 games. In December, he helped Team Canada win a gold medal at the World Junior Championships with three goals and two assists in seven contests. For the past two seasons, Foote has been a member of the WHL All-Star team that has participated in the Jr. Super Series where his teammates included Devils' prospect Ty Smith. The 6'4, 200lb., left shot winger has skated in 194 WHL career games with the Rockets posting 83 goals and 88 assists for 171 points and added 167 penalty minutes. Born November 29, 2000, the native of Denver, Colorado was Tampa Bay's first round selection, 27th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft.
"This transaction allows us to acquire two key pieces in continuing to build this team around our foundational cornerstones," said Devils Executive Vice President/Interim General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. "Foote is a big, physical winger, with an excellent shot and great offensive instincts, especially on the power play. He will complement our young forward group for a long time."
New Jersey now has eight picks in the 2020 NHL Draft: three first-round selections (NJ, Arizona & Vancouver (via Tampa Bay), two fourth-round selections (NJ & Boston) and the club's own selection in rounds five, six and seven.
Coleman has 21 goals and 10 assists for 31 points through 57 games this season.