Well, the dream of Brett Connolly on the Devils died when he was sent to Boston for 2 2nd round picks, but it's just as well - 2 2nd round picks is too much for NJ to spend on a guy with his track record. The question is, is Mikhail Grigorenko an intriguing option for NJ?
He's in the same boat as Stefan Matteau was - he was called up too early and he can no longer return to the minors without passing through waivers, something which I don't think he will do. Buffalo looks kinda like this for next year:
E. Kane-Eichel-B. Gionta
Now there's holes on Buffalo's RW and maybe that's where they will slot Grigorenko in, but there's probably no spot for him at center unless they use Eichel on the wing.
Here's the pros to Grigorenko:
Good numbers in the minors: in 52 games, Grigorenko has 14 goals and 28 assists in the AHL. Those are solid numbers and they don't look goosed by better teammates.
Can play center and right wing.
Possible excellent upside.
Jay Grossman is his agent and has dealt with the Devils plenty in recent years
Obviously, the Russian thing, but that's less of a factor with the decline of the ruble.
There were rumors going around that Grigorenko is older than his stated birth age - well, that's a problem if it's true
There've been questions about his effort and defense
I'm not sure how willing Buffalo is to trade him but if NJ offered a 2nd and Gelinas or a 2nd and Matteau for a 3rd and Grigorenko, I think they'd at least have to listen. I don't love offering Matteau in this theoretical trade but NJ already has 2 guys for his spot plus a bunch of guys in the minors who can theoretically fill that spot in the years to come. It would be great if NJ could move S. Gionta instead of one of their young players as a sentimental throw-in but I don't think that's how a trade like this will work.
Anyway it may not work out because Buffalo seems to have an RW issue like NJ does and I don't see how trading him makes that better.