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Americans Make Star-Spangled Splash at '07 Draft

Monday, 06.25.2007 / 11:59 AM / News
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Americans Make Star-Spangled Splash at \'07 Draft
Mike Hoeffel, a native of North Oaks, Minn., was one of three U.S. players drafted by the Devils this weekend.


newjerseydevils.com U.S. amateur players made major gains at this year's NHL Entry Draft, and nowhere was that more evident than in the Devils' six selections made on Saturday in Columbus.

New Jersey took Mike Hoeffel with its first choice, with the 57th pick overall, and the Minnesota native was one of three American-born skaters selected by the Devils over the course of the day.

With their second pick of the day, 79th overall, the Devils selected Nick Palmieri of Utica, N.Y., then took Corbin McPherson of Folsom, Calif., with their third pick of the afternoon, 87th overall. It represented the first time in franchise history that the Devils' first three picks of an Entry Draft were American-born.

For the first time in history, two Americans were chosen with the first two picks overall, as Buffalo native Patrick Kane was taken by the Blackhawks, and Middletown, N.J. native James van Riemsdyk was taken by the Flyers.

But it was a banner day for United States natives overall, as 63 Americans were taken over the draft's seven rounds – a record 30% of all players selected.

The previous record of 28.7% was set last year.

The Devils' current roster features 11 U.S.-born players: Paul Martin (Minneapolis), Zach Parise (Minneapolis), Erik Rasmussen (Minneapolis), Jim Dowd (Brick, N.J.), Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.), Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn.), Mike Rupp (Cleveland, Ohio), Jay Pandolfo (Winchester, Mass.), Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich.), and Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines, Iowa).


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51