3 teams that should trade for Rutger McGroarty

Rutger McGroarty is a prospect that a few teams could trade for soon.
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There are rumors that the Winnipeg Jets will trade 2022 first-round pick Rutger McGroarty. There is a disconnect between them when it comes to his development.

McGroarty is one of their top prospects and is ready to turn pro after a great year at Michigan. He was a productive power forward and his team made it to the Frozen Four with him being one of their best players.

He wants to have a chance at the NHL if he is going to leave his senior year at Michigan behind but the Jets aren't sure if they can promise him that.

If they do end up trading him, a few teams should be interested. These are the three teams that should want him the most:

The New Jersey Devils make a lot of sense for Rutger McGroarty

The New Jersey Devils would love a power forward like Rutger McGroarty. He’d fit right in over there as that team has a lot of skill. They just traded for a good goaltender in Jacob Markstrom which should help all of their skaters play with more confidence. 

If he were traded there, he’d be a nice cheap option to play in a top-six role. He’d also be good for the middle-six depending on how Sheldon Keefe would want to line them up. 

Centers like Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes love big power forwards like McGroarty who can create space for them while contributing offensively. With other good wingers like Jesper Bratt, Timo Meier, and Dawson Mercer amongst others in the mix, this group could be dangerous. 

McGroarty is familiar with fellow Michigan alumni like Luke Hughes and Seamus Casey. They are all looking to become impactful NHLers and it would be interesting to see them do it together.