The New Jersey Devils have a few number of prospects in the NCAA, but many of them are playing impactful roles with their respective teams. The college pipeline has greatly benefited the franchise under Lou Lamoriello. That will likely remain the same under the guidance of General Manager Ray Shero and Head Coach John Hynes, both of whom had previous experiences in the college ranks and internationally with Team USA. Read more»
With new management comes a new direction for the New Jersey Devils. Under the guidance of General Manager Ray Shero and Head Coach John Hynes, the team is shifting its focus from the backend to the attack. The burden now falls onto the current crop of prospects within the system, most of whom were signed from the Lou Lamoriello era. They will be challenged to determine whether they are NHL players or hurdles for the next wave of players to surpass in this new era of Devils hockey. Read more»
They were both drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft by the host team, the New Jersey Devils. Santini was a skilled defenseman taken in the second round on his way to a prestigious college hockey program. Meanwhile, Wood was a relatively unknown forward selected in the fourth round who was still playing in prep school. Read more»
Since the 2004 lockout, the New Jersey Devils system has not produced the same quality of prospects they were known for during their glory days. This is a result of different issues, like lack of picks, location on the draft board, or losing the magic touch to find late-round gems. But over the past seven years, management has slowly restocked the prospect pool where depth and quality are now returning NHL ready players.