Photo: The New Jersey Devils top pick from the 2015 NHL Draft, center Pavel Zacha of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, took part in the Devils’ development camp this past week (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
It seemed like the moment the entire crowd at the AmeriHealth Pavilion were anticipating at Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage. Pavel Zacha, the New Jersey Devils‘ 2015 first round pick, retrieved a loose puck at center ice and appeared to have a clear breakaway on goal. Suddenly the whistle blew to signal an offside on one of Zacha’s teammates who was still in the offensive zone. While the fans serenaded the referee with a chorus of boos, Zacha bent over disappointed with a smirk on his face. Read more»
Photo: Boston College defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Steve Santini will look to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2014-15 campaign when the Eagles begin their 2015-16 season in the Fall (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Steve Santini and Miles Wood have shared parallel paths on their way to the NHL.
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»
Photo: Mackenzie Blackwood’s six top-ten finishes in the Draft Combine fitness testing were the most among all competitors. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
After hiring Head Coach John Hynes earlier in the month, General Manager Ray Shero proclaimed he would mold the New Jersey Devils into a fast, attacking, supportive team. The 2015 NHL Draft provided him with the chance to put his own stamp on the team and begin rebuilding the Devils farm system. The organization entered Sunrise, Florida with six selections and needs at almost every position, most notably at forward. Read more»
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more»
Photo: The New Jersey Devils addressed a need up the middle with the selection of Pavel Zacha in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
With the sixth overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected center Pavel Zacha from the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Zacha is a powerful, aggressive and skilled center who might remind observers more of Bobby Holik than of Patrik Elias. That said, the standout for the Sarnia Sting offers incredible upside.