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2009 Draft Watch: Beyond the first round

Monday, 06.22.2009 / 3:44 PM / Features
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2009 Draft Watch: Beyond the first round

The Devils have found diamonds in the rough like Brian Gionta in the Entry Draft's later rounds.

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newjerseydevils.com – The Devils' past first-round selections have included current players such as Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur. But a look at the 2008-09 roster shows a collection of players selected in the Draft's later rounds.

The Devils will be looking to add to that talent at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at Montreal's Bell Centre on Friday (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS). Rounds 2-7 will be Saturday, June 27 (10 a.m. ET, NHLN, RDS).

A second-round selection, Elias became the Devils' all-time leading scorer last season.
After their first-round selection at 23rd overall, New Jersey is slated to have seven more, including picks in the second (54th overall), third (73 from MIN, 84), fourth (114), fifth (144), sixth (174), and seventh (204) rounds.

Here's a look at some of the players on the current roster who were drafted by Devils in the second round or later:

Jay Pandolfo (LW) - Taken 32nd overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft, Pandolfo is a 12-year veteran that hoisted the Cup with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. Pandolfo's 767 career games played ranks eighth in club history, and he owns the fourth-longest consecutive games streak (307) by a Devil after Ken Daneyko (388), Sergei Brylin (328) and Kirk Muller (321).

A native of Winchester, Mass., Pandolfo was voted by his teammates as the club's Unsung Hero five times (1999, 2003, 2005-08) and was named the Players' Player in three straight seasons from 2005-08.

Patrik Elias (LW) - The Devils' second-round choice, 51st overall, in 1994, Elias is the all-time franchise leader in points (706) and assists (411). He reached the 30-goal plateau last season (31) for the fourth time in his outstanding Devils career, and has recorded 20 or more tallies in eight of his 11 seasons with New Jersey.

The native of Trebic, Czech Rep., holds the team record for game-winning goals (66), and is the Devils' all-time postseason points leader (40g-73a-113pts). He has a team-high 19 career power-play postseason goals, and is tied for first in club history with six playoff game-winners.

Elias was a key member of the Devils' championships in 2000 and 2003. He scored the game-winning goal against Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when the Devils became the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Colin White (D) - Now entering his ninth season, White was selected with New Jersey's fifth choice, 49th overall, in 1996. His 593 games played are fifth all-time among Devils defensemen, while his career plus-minus rating of 73 is 10th best in franchise history.

A mainstay on the Devils blueline, White was a member of New Jersey's championship squads in 2000 and 2003.

Scott Clemmensen (G) - The Devils' seventh choice, 215th overall, in 1997, Clemmensen won a career-high 25 games in 2008-09 after returning to New Jersey as a free agent last summer. The Des Moines, Iowa native began the season in Lowell (AHL), but was recalled after Martin Brodeur suffered an elbow injury last November.

Clemmensen, who entered the season with eight career wins, earned the starting role and went on to make a career-high 40 appearances. With regular playing time, Clemmensen shattered his previous single-season best of three wins. He finished with a mark of 25-13-1, including a 2.54 goals-against average and two shutouts.

Brian Gionta (RW) - New Jersey's fourth pick, 82nd overall, in 1998, Gionta finished fifth on the Devils' scoring list in 2008-09, and collected 20 or more goals for the fifth straight campaign.

In 473 career games, Gionta has 152 goals and 160 assists for 312 points. He scored the first Devils' goal in Prudential Center history on Oct. 27, 2007, and has been one of the club's most durable players over the past two seasons, having missed just one regular season game.

The Rochester, N.Y., native was was a member of the club's 2003 championship, and scored a club-record 48 goals in 2005-06.

Mike Rupp (LW) - The 6-5, 240-lb. forward was selected ninth overall by the Islandersin 1998, but never signed with New York and opted to re-enter the Draft. The Devils took Rupp with their seventh pick, 76th overall, in 2000, and later re-acquired Rupp as a free agent in 2006.

Rupp, who has spent the last three seasons with New Jersey, scored the winning goal in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, when the Devils defeated Anaheim, 3-0, to take their third title in nine years.

Paul Martin (D) - The Devils' fifth choice, 62nd overall, in 2000, Martin finished first in scoring among Devils' defensemen for a second straight season in 2008-09. His five goals and 28 assists gave him 33 points, improving his total from a year ago (32). He also tied Johnny Oduya for second on the club with a plus-21.

The Minneapolis native has collected 152 points and a plus-45 rating in 378 career games.

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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

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