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RELEASE: Devils acquire picks and players in exchange for Hall, Speers

The Devils acquired two draft picks, including a first-rounder, and multiple players from Arizona in exchange for Taylor Hall and Blake Speers

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The New Jersey Devils today traded left wings Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to Arizona in exchange for Arizona's first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (top-three protected), Arizona's third-round selection (conditional) in 2021, defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr.

If Arizona's 2020 first-round selection is in the top three, New Jersey will receive Arizona's first-round pick in 2021.  




The conditions on the 2021 pick are as follows: the third-round pick in 2021 becomes a second-round selection if Arizona wins a Stanley Cup Playoff round OR Taylor Hall re-signs in Arizona. The third-round pick in 2021 becomes a first-round selection if Arizona wins a Stanley Cup Playoff round AND Taylor Hall re-signs in Arizona. If neither condition happens, New Jersey still receives the 2021 third-round pick.

Bahl, 19, is a 6'7", 230lb. left-shot defenseman who plays in Ottawa (OHL) and is currently at Team Canada's World Junior Championships selection camp. In 28 games this season with the 67's, Bahl has five goals and 15 assists and 43 penalty minutes. He is the only blueliner in the OHL with 20-plus points and 40 or more penalty minutes. The native of New Westminster, B.C. posted six goals and 28 assists and 34 points in 68 games played in 2018-19 and was fifth in the OHL with a +50 rating. Bahl was Arizona's second-round selection, 55th overall in the 2018 NHL and is current Ottawa teammates with Devils draft picks, Graeme Clark, Mitchell Hoelscher, and Nikita Okhotyuk.

Merkley, 22, is a 5'10", 195lb. right-shot center who currently plays in Tucson (AHL) and has three goals and 13 assists in 26 contests. In 2018-19, he scored 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 45 games and he played in the 2017-18 AHL All-Star Game. He was Arizona's first-round selection, 30th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Schnarr, 20, is a 6'3" 180lb. center, who currently plays in Tucson (AHL) where he has one goal and eight assists in 22 games played. Arizona's third-round selection, 75th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, Schnarr led Guelph (OHL) in scoring last season with 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists)- ranking seventh in scoring and third in assists in the entire Ontario Hockey League. He helped lead the Storm to the OHL Championship where he had eight goals, 11 assists for 19 points in 24 games. 

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Hall spent the past four seasons with New Jersey, scoring 76 goals and 132 assists for 208 points and 102 penalty minutes in 211 regular-season games. He added two goals and four assists in five games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2017-18, Hall was named the recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player and was a member of the NHL First All-Star Team. He set career highs across the board with 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points while helping lead the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years. Hall was originally acquired by the Devils from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29, 2016. 

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