2008-09: Jamie Devane was a surprise selection in the third round of the 2009 draft when Toronto selected him with the 68th overall pick. He is a fierce OHL heavy-weight. With teams looking to get their hands on the next Milan Lucic, the Maple Leafs gambled on the 6’5 behemoth.Outside of his 14 (recorded) fighting majors he only amassed 22 penalty minutes while finishing with 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 64 games as a rookie for Plymouth.
2009-10: Devane made his pro hockey debut following his second OHL season, appearing in two games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. He played in 51 games for Plymouth and scored 6 goals and 8 assists to add to his 84 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Devane led the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers in penalty minutes (131) and displayed some offensive potential in the second half of the season. In 63 games with the Whalers he scored 19 goals with 19 assists and was +6. Devane scored 7 of his 19 goals on the power play and also struck twice short-handed. In ten playoff games he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 19 PMs.
2011-12: Devane returned to the OHL for an overage season as a 20-year-old and had a career-high 45 points in 59 games for the Plymouth Whalers while topping the century mark in penalty minutes for the second straight season. He scored 23 goals with 22 assists and was plus-15 with 104 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Devane scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-two with 19 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.
2012-13: Devane split his first pro season between the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate in Toronto and the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls. He saw limited ice time as a 20-year-old, playing mostly an enforcer, energy-type role for the two teams. He played 22 AHL games with the Marlies and scored 2 goals with 3 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus and 41 penalty minutes.Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Devane did not play in any playoff games. He scored 1 goal and was -5 with 45 penalty minutes in 12 ECHL games with the Bulls.
2013-14: Devane opened the season with the Maple Leafs — making his NHL debut and appearing in two games before being assigned to Toronto’s AHL affiliate for the rest of the year. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1 in 12 minutes of NHL action. Devane appeared in 55 regular season games for the Marlies, racking up 146 penalty minutes and finishing with an even plus/minus while scoring 4 goals with 4 assists. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. Devane appeared in two playoff games and had no points with 2 penalty minutes. Toronto re-signed Devane to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014.
2014-15: Devane skated in 39 games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his third pro season before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in March. He had 2 assists and was -4 with 62 penalty minutes. Toronto finished second in the North Division and lost in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Devane was acquired by the Predators in exchange for forward Taylor Beck in a trade in July 2015.
Devane plays a physical game and loves to initiate contact and protect his teammates without hesitation. His skating and offensive game has made strides over the years, making him more confident when controlling the puck, but he is unlikely to ever contribute high offensive numbers. He’s capable of playing center or the wing and can be used in defensive assignments but primarily has been an enforcer in his pro career to this point.
Devane was acquired by Nashville in July in exchange for forward Taylor Beck. More suited to a lower line, physical rule than the offensively-skilled Beck, Devane will challenge for a lower line role with the Predators if healthy. He is equally likely to fill an enforcer role for AHL affiliate Milwaukee in 2015-16, providing a call-up option for the main club if needed.