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Devils add forward size in third round with Chatham

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 4:42 PM ET / Draft
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Devils add forward size in third round with Chatham
Devils add size in third round with Chatham


With their third-round pick, 71st overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft, the Devils’ added 6-2 right wing Connor Chatham (Plymouth, OHL). A power forward, Chatham says his rugged, two-way style is best compared to St. Louis’ captain David Backes. 


Devils’ Director of Scouting, David Conte:
“He made great improvement; his productivity was all in the second half [of the season], which lends us to believe it should be significantly better next year. He lends a physical presence, he’s got speed. He’s a big prototypical winger, where, if you ask the general manager, "What do you want to draft?", they’re going to tell me: a big winger. Well, that’s Connor Chatham."

More on Chatham:

• He started the 2013-14 season with a goal in his second career Ontario Hockey League contest and finished his rookie season with 31 points (13g-18a) in 54 games.

• He grew up cheering for Brett Hull and the St. Louis Blues and aims to model his game after current Blues’ captain David Backes.

• Chatham recalls his most memorable hockey moment as winning the gold medal at the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament against the host Russians. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering a goal and assist in five games.

• He played one campaign with the U.S. Under-17 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, tallying 20 points (7g-13a) in 55 games in 2011-12 before joining the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League the following season. In 2012-13, Chatham ranked fourth on the Lancers with 35 points (18g-17a) in 63 games.

• Chatham began his hockey career with the Southern Illinois Icehawks, where he played six years. He also played two seasons with both the Afton Americans and St. Louis AAA Blues.

• He shared second in the bench press at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, completing 18 reps.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
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11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42