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Devils' Class of 2012

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 12:52 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils\' Class of 2012
A look at the Devils' selections from the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh:

ROUND pick name position team league gp G A PTS
1 29 stefan matteau c/lw usa u-18 ushl 46 15 17 32
2 60 damon severson d kelowna whl 56 7 30 37
3 90 ben johnson F windsor ohl 68 18 20 38
4 96 ben thomson lw kitchener ohl 67 11 31 42
5 135 graham black c swift current whl 71 17 33 50
5 150 alex kerfoot c COQUitlam bchl 51 25 44 69
6 180 artur gavrus c owen sound ohl 45 15 22 37














Stefan Matteau:
"It's obviously pretty surprising given the history of my name, but I couldn't be more thrilled."

Stephane Matteau on Stefan:
"Stef is definitely bigger than I was when I was his age. He's got a much better shot, he's a much more physical player. I think Devils fans will love him the way he plays already. I think there's an upside in his game... I was a soft 6-foot-4 at times, but I'm sure the Devils will love him."

Devils Director of Scouting David Conte:
"It was a very easy decision in the fact that he was the next guy on the list. As much as it may look one way, it was entirely predicated on his ability as a player."

"He was a player we wanted, it was a style of player we needed, it was a perfect fit and we're thrilled to have him and he's thrilled to be with us."

"He's big, he's strong, he's aggressive, he's an excellent skater. Not to demean his father, who broke our hearts one year, but he's a better skater than his father, he's well-schooled in hockey, he understands the professional hockey life. He's lived it his whole life. We're very happy to welcome him to our family."
Damon Severson:
"I think my all-around defensive game is coming along well. I know they have lots of guys in their system here that are going to push me. I'm definitely going to work as hard as I can this summer to push for a spot with New Jersey."

"I try to pride myself on my offensive game. When I came to Kelowna, they taught me so much on the defensive side of things. I'm more of an offensive defenseman, but when they need me to be a shut-down guy, I definitely do that."

"I try to play like Shea Weber. He's played with the Kelowna Rockets before. He's been through the system I'm going through now and I try to play like him as much as possible."

Conte:
"We really were very, very happy with him. We thought he was a high-end defenseman, very comparable to some of the ones who went before him and some other ones after. We did all our homework on him, that's what I'm really happy about."
Ben Johnson:
"I watched [the Devils] this playoff run, and there's a lot of guys I know that are there. [Adam] Henrique that I skated with back in Windsor last year, and my cousin (Blake Pietila) got drafted there last year. It's just a great time for me right now, being here, soaking this in, here."

"I'm more of a power forward-type. I like to play with a physical edge to my game and I like to use my speed a lot. Also, I can put the puck in the net if needed."

"A year ago... I dreamt of it, but right now it's a just a dream come true for me. I know this is reality here. I'm just thrilled right now, I can't even explain."

Conte:
"Ben Johnson's outstanding. We were really, really happy with him. He's from Michigan and plays in Windsor. He's a great, great kid... he's adjusted well to junior hockey and we expect him to go on to do great things for us in the future."
Ben Thomson (kitchenerrangers.com):
"Thomson is a power forward who has increased his offensive contribution since his rookie season. He uses his size and determination to take the puck to the net and has been counted on to provide scoring chances for his teammates.

Thomson's play down low in the offensive zone often results in puck possession for his team. He has been able to showcase his physical edge and willingness to stick up for his teammates."
Conte on Graham Black:
"Graham Black was a player that has grown exponentially over the last year tremendously as a player and physically. We were really happy with him and did all our homework on him as well."
Conte on Alex Kerfoot:
"...He's a longer-term project, but a gifted player as well."
Artur Gavrus:
"The New Jersey Devils... it's a favorite team now for me. I was so excited before, but I feel great now."

"I think it's a great organization. They play a lot of European players like Elias, Kovalchuk, Zubrus. I think I will get a chance to play in New Jersey, too."

Conte:
"He was rated in the first round by Central Scouting. He got a little hurt late in the year. He's not a big guy, but he's a talented guy with a lot of heart."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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