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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 / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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