The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Taylor Hall from the New Jersey Devils for Nick Merkley, Nate Schnarr, Kevin Bahl, a 2020 first-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-round pick.
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The Devils are retaining 50 percent of Hall’s contract, which has one year left at $6.0M AAV. As for the draft picks, the 2020 first-round pick is top-3 protected. The conditional 2021 third-round pick becomes a second-round pick if Hall re-signs with the Coyotes or they win a playoff round. It becomes a first-round pick if BOTH happen.
The 28-year-old won Hart Trophy (MVP) in 2018 after posting 93 points (39G / 54A) in 76 games. He ended up missing 49 games a season ago but returned fully healthy in 2019-20. So far this season, he has six goals on 109 shots (5.5 SH%) and 19 assists (25 points) through 30 games this season. Hall’s 5v5 numbers have fallen off this season. His CorsiFor% has gone from 53.8 to 48.5% and his xGF/60 from 2.79 to 2.41, (per naturalstattrick.com) but he has shown the ability to be dominant in year’s past and will elevate the Coyotes to a new level. Based on the lines they ran at Monday’s practice, Hall could start his Coyotes career on a line with Christian Dvorak and Phil Kessel.
Speers was a third-round pick (No.67 overall) of the Devils in 2015 and has appeared in just three NHL games since. The 22-year-old centre has one assist in 10 games with Binghamton (AHL) this season.
The prospects heading to New Jersey are:
- – Merkley, who was a 2015 first-round pick (No.30 overall) who has 16 points (3G / 13A) in 26 games with Tucson (AHL) this season. He has appeared in just one career NHL game.
- – Schnarr was a third-round pick (No.75 overall) in 2017 and turned pro this year after four years with the Guelph Storm (OHL). The 20-year-old centre has nine points (1G / 8A) in 22 AHL games with Tucson.
- – Bahl was a second-round pick (No.55 overall) in 2018 and is in his fourth OHL season. The 19-year-old defenseman has 20 points (5G / 15A) in 28 games with the Ottawa 67’s and is currently in camp for Canada’s World Juniors team.