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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
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 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
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

STATS

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