An Early Look at the New Jersey Devils Draft

Posted by on January 10, 2011

There are still four months left in the 2010-11 season and we are still just under six months away from the NHL Entry Draft, but with the type of season the Devils are having, it’s not too early to look at the upcoming draft.


DraftFirst, to avoid confusion over the Devils’ draft picks, they will have a first round pick this year unless they choose to give it up as part of the Kovalchuk contract penalty. The Devils have to give up a first rounder, but they get to choose which of the next four year’s picks they give up. Given the likelihood that they will have a top five pick (and probably one of the top two picks), you can be pretty sure the Devils will choose to keep this year’s first rounder.

Having cleared that up, let’s take a look at the mid-season grades for the NHL’s Central Scouting.

North American Skaters – Top 20:

1 LANDESKOG, GABRIEL KITCHENER OHL 6′ 0.5″ 207 LW
2 COUTURIER, SEAN DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 6′ 4″ 195 C
3 NUGENT-HOPKINS, RYAN RED DEER WHL 6′ 0.5″ 170 C
4 HUBERDEAU, JONATHAN SAINT JOHN QMJHL 6′ 1.25″ 168 C
5 BIGGS, TYLER USA U-18 USHL 6′ 2″ 210 RW
6 BAERTSCHI, SVEN PORTLAND WHL 5′ 10.5″ 175 LW
7 HAMILTON, DOUGIE NIAGARA OHL 6′ 4.25″ 193 D
8 SAAD, BRANDON SAGINAW OHL 6′ 1.25″ 208 LW
9 BEAULIEU, NATHAN SAINT JOHN QMJHL 6′ 1.75″ 185 D
10 MURPHY, RYAN KITCHENER OHL 5′ 10.5″ 176 D
11 RATTIE, TY PORTLAND WHL 5′ 11″ 170 RW
12 PHILLIPS, ZACK SAINT JOHN QMJHL 6′ 1″ 181 C
13 MILLER, JONATHAN USA U-18 USHL 6′ 1.25″ 198 C
14 SIEMENS, DUNCAN SASKATOON WHL 6′ 3″ 197 D
15 MAYFIELD, SCOTT YOUNGSTOWN USHL 6′ 3.5″ 197 D
16 MORROW, JOSEPH PORTLAND WHL 6′ 0.5″ 196 D
17 NAMESTNIKOV, VLADISLAV LONDON OHL 5′ 11.5″ 170 C
18 JENNER, BOONE OSHAWA OHL 6′ 0.75″ 194 C
19 STROME, RYAN NIAGARA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 183 C
20 JENSEN, NICKLAS OSHAWA OHL 6′ 2.25″ 188 LW;RW

European Skaters – Top 20:

1 LARSSON, ADAM SKELLEFTEA SWEDEN 6′ 3″ 200 D
2 ARMIA, JOEL ASSAT FINLAND 6′ 3″ 191 RW
3 ZIBANEJAD, MIKA DJURGARDEN JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 1.5″ 191 C
4 BRODIN, JONAS FARJESTAD SWEDEN 6′ 1″ 165 D
5 JASKIN, DMITRI SLAVIA JR. CZREP-JR. 6′ 1″ 196 W
6 FRIBERG, MAX SKOVDE SWEDEN-3 5′ 11″ 185 LW
7 SALOMAKI, MIIKKA KARPAT FINLAND 5′ 11″ 198 C
8 KLEFBOM, OSCAR FARJESTAD JR. SWE JR-2 6′ 3.5″ 200 D
9 RASK, VICTOR LEKSAND JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 1.5″ 194 C
10 NERMARK, JOACHIM LINKOPING JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 1″ 187 C
11 ARZAMASTSEV, ZAKHAR NOVOKUZNETSK RUSSIA 6′ 2″ 205 D
12 JOHANSSON, KARL BRYNAS JR. SWE-JR. 5′ 8.5″ 167 D
13 MISYUL, OLEG YAROSLAVL 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6′ 1″ 196 D
14 BOYCE ROTEVALL, JEREMY TIMRA JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 0″ 169 LW
15 NEKOLENKO, ILYA KRYLJA SOVETOV 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6′ 3″ 198 D
16 GRANLUND, MARKUS HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. 5′ 10″ 169 C
17 SUNDSTROM, JOHAN FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 2.25″ 196 C
18 SAVELIEV, ANTON KAZAN 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6′ 4″ 196 D
19 HOFMANN, GREGORY AMBRI JR. SWISS-JR. 6′ 0″ 170 C
20 SHALUNOV, MAXIM CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6′ 3″ 185 RW

North American Goalies – Top 10:

1 GIBSON, JOHN USA U-18 USHL 6′ 2.75″ 205
2 GIBSON, CHRISTOPHER CHICOUTIMI QMJHL 6′ 1″ 193
3 MACHOVSKY, MATEJ BRAMPTON OHL 6′ 1.75″ 191
4 LISTON, LIAM BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.5″ 199
5 MCNEELY, MATT USA U-18 USHL 6′ 2″ 205
6 MICHALEK, STEPHEN LOOMIS-CHAFFEE HIGH-CT 6′ 1.75″ 183
7 BINNINGTON, JORDAN OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 1.75″ 160
8 HONZIK, DAVID VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 3″ 194
9 LAGACE, MAXIME PEI QMJHL 6′ 1.25″ 175
10 GALANSKY, TADEAS SAGINAW OHL 6′ 3.25″ 186

European Goalies – Top 8:

1 PERHONEN, SAMU JYP JR. FINLAND-JR. 6′ 3″ 172
2 STEEN, STEFAN SKELLEFTEA JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 1.5″ 172
3 PAVELKA, JAROSLAV HR. KRALOVE CZREP-2 6′ 1″ 163
4 CONZ, BENJAMIN LANGNAU SWISS 5′ 10″ 207
5 LASSINANTTI, JOEL LULEA JR. SWE-JR. 5′ 10″ 176
6 LUNDSTROM, NIKLAS AIK JR. SWE-JR. 6′ 2″ 187
7 VOLDEN, LARS BLUES JR. FINLAND-JR. 6′ 3″ 198
8 ULLBERG, RICHARD HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. 6′ 3″ 183

The highlighted players, LW – Landeskog, C – Couturier, C – Nugent-Hopkins, D – Larsson and G – Gibson are likely to be one of the Devils’ selections. However, some scouts feel there are as many as eight players who could go first overall.

Couturier and Nugent-Hopkins, centers, would seem to fit the Devils most pressing need. Not only does Couturier have 50 goals and 127 points in 126 games in the QMJHL, but at 6’4″, he has much needed size.

If the Devils are looking for pure talent, and to stay with what’s familiar for them – defense – then Larsson may be the pick.  Some scouts say Larsson is ahead of Tampa’s Victor Hedman at this point of his draft year.

Something the Devils don’t usually look at, and certainly not in the first round, is a goalie. However… well, we all know where I’m going with this. So you certainly have to look at the goalies, and John Gibson is the top rated goalie at this point in the rankings.

Gabriel Landeskog, who is the top ranked player at this point, would also be a solid pick.

Nugent-Hopkins rounds out the top five players I feel the Devils would pick if the draft were held today. The draft is not taking place today, so there will certainly be a lot of movement in the rankings in the next five+ months.

Unfortunately, this is a year where Devils’ fans have a reason to pay attention to the top prospects and debate on who could be the Devils (high) first round pick.

The draft this year will be held in Minnesota on June 24th-25th.

ALJGGL

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  2. CWERadio Says:

    Ohhhh if only the highlighed players can go 1st in every round, the Devils would be back on top next year !!!

  3. SpeakoftheDevs Says:

    Maybe Lou can pull off one last Jedi Mind Trick or something…

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