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Recapping the Devils' 2014 Draft

Toughness and grit were served with Devils' picks in Philadelphia

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 6:11 PM ET / Draft
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Recapping the Devils\' 2014 Draft




Devils Director of Scouting David Conte recaps the Devils' 2014 Draft

Two-way ability and toughness were two of the items on the Devils' shopping list at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

After opening the weekend by selecting center John Quenneville 30th overall, New Jersey added defenseman Josh Jacobs, who hopes someday to be compared to Brent Seabrook, and right wing Connor Chatham, whose personal blueprint is Blues' captain David Backes.

In the fifth round, the Devils claimed 6-2 defenseman Ryan Rehill, then landed Joey Dudek, a center with an NFL family pedigree. With its final pick, New Jersey added size and toughness in the form of Brandon Baddock, a 6-3 left wing who hoisted the Memorial Cup last season. 

Click the links below for a closer look at each member of this year's draft class:
Including Quenneville's selection, New Jersey has selected 33 players in the first round all-time, including 20 forwards, 10 defensemen (last time, Adam Larsson, 4th/2011) and three goaltenders (last time, Ari Ahonen, 27th/1999)

The club has drafted a forward with four of its last five first-round selections: Stefan Matteau (2012), Jacob Josefson (2009) and Mattias Tedenby (2008). Defenseman Adam Larsson (2011) was the exception (First-round picks in 2010 and 2013 were traded).

New Jersey has selected a forward with 13 of its 19 picks since 2011 and with ten of its 13 choices since 2012. Both Reid Boucher (4th round, 2011) and Stefan Matteau (1st round, 2012) have already made their NHL debut with the Devils.

The Devils have now chosen a defenseman in the second round in five of the past six Drafts. Previous picks include:

2009 – Eric Gelinas, 54th overall choice - He posted 7g-22a-29pts in 60 games in 2013-14, which was the third-highest total (tie, Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg & Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh) among rookie blueliners behind Boston’s Torey Krug (14g-26a-40pts) and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm (6g-24a-30pts).

2010 – Jon Merrill, 38th overall choice – Recorded 2g-9a-11pts in 52 games during his first NHL season in 2013-14.

2012 – Damon Severson, 60th overall choice – Finished sixth (tie) among WHL defensemen with 15g-46a-61pts and was named to the league’s West Second All-Star Team in 2013-14. He also led Kelowna with 4g-14a-18pts in 14 games overall during the post-season.

2013 – Steven Santini – 42nd overall choice – Posted 3g-8a-11pts in 35 games and was named to the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in his freshman season with Boston College. Also scored 1g in five games with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 56 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 54 19 18 14 37
K. Palmieri 56 20 16 3 36
T. Zajac 48 8 19 7 27
D. Schlemko 48 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 56 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 52 1 12 -1 13
J. Blandisi 17 4 7 -1 11
J. Josefson 45 3 8 -14 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 25 16 6 .931 1.98
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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