Brian Boyle Traded to Nashville for Draft Pick
The New Jersey Devils trade forward Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. In return, the Devils receive Nashville’s second-round pick in the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft.
Boyle spent the past two seasons with the Devils, scoring 26 goals and recording 42 points in 116 games. He was, what many believed, a huge locker room presence and the heart-and-soul of New Jersey’s roster while there. He was also a big fan favorite in New Jersey.
Boyle was the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy recipient following the 2017-18 season, an award given annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
The veteran center continues to be a strong player on the power play and penalty kill.
New Jersey now owns eight selections in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Boyle is set to become a free agent after the season. Known to have enjoyed his time in New Jersey, could Boyle be a true rental for Nashville and return to the Devils next season?