Seattle selects a good fourth liner
NHL Draft: 5 New Jersey Devils defensemen could be drafted with 29th pick
The New Jersey Devils have left the Seattle Kraken with a nice roster of players to choose from. Of course, players like PK Subban, Will Butcher, Nathan Bastian, and Andreas Johnsson have led the field of realistic players to choose from. Well, we have our answer.
The Kraken selected Nathan Bastian as their pick among the New Jersey Devils in the 2021 NHL expansion draft. He’s a very good choice for them and it will give him another opportunity in a new system.
The Kraken could have taken PK Subban for several reasons, but eating his cap could be the main reason they stayed away. Others like Butcher and Johnsson are decently young players who could grow into something, but they chose to go with the young fourth row player.
Building a solid fourth row is clearly in the mind of GM Ron Francis. He has selected a lot of players who are tall and mean and difficult to face. Bastian can do the trick. he played some great minutes for the Devils during his short stint as an NHL player. He should be able to carve out a great career for himself in this role.
The New Jersey Devils will miss having Nathan Bastian in the organization.
The fact that he can have a scoring touch could also really help him. In 41 New Jersey Devils games this season, he has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. It all happened with an average of just under 1:00 p.m. per game. He’s never going to have much more than 25-30 points per season, but that would be great from a fourth-line player.
On the Devils side, it’s hard to lose Bastian because building a good fourth line is important. However, it is only that at the end of the day; a fourth line. He is someone they can replace by pushing others down the line. There are some good young forwards who are going to be inserted over the next few years, so you never know how it all goes in terms of roster.
If the Devils play well, all of their youngsters can peak at about the same time. With stallions like Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier leading the pack, the future has a chance to be very bright. Letting Seattle have Bastian in the extension draft isn’t too worrying. It’s good to wish him luck, but there will be other good fourths to choose from.