Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Large amount of pro level prospects
  • Talent and depth on blue line
  • Improved goaltending prospects
Weaknesses
  • Lack of potential star players at forward
  • Lack of right wing depth
  • No elite goaltending prospect

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Scott Wedgewood Pro 7.5 D
2. Keith Kinkaid Pro 7.0 C
3. Maxime Clermont Pro 7.0 D
4. Anthony Brodeur CHL 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Connor Chatham CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Reid Boucher Pro 7.5 C
2. Artur Gavrus Europe 7.0 D
3. Myles Bell CHL 7.0 D
4. Miles Wood Junior 7.0 D
5. Blake Pietila NCAA 6.0 B
6. Mike Hoeffel Pro 6.0 C
7. Derek Rodwell NCAA 6.0 C
8. Ben Thomson CHL 5.5 C
9. Brandon Baddock CHL 5.5 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Stefan Matteau Pro 7.0 C
2. John Quenneville CHL 7.0 C
3. Joey Dudek Junior 7.0 D
4. Blake Coleman NCAA 6.5 C
5. Graham Black CHL 6.5 C
6. Ben Johnson CHL 6.5 D
7. Alex Kerfoot NCAA 6.5 D
8. Ryan Kujawinski CHL 6.5 D
9. David Wohlberg Pro 6.0 B
10. Scott Timmins Pro 5.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jon Merrill Pro 8.0 C
2. Damon Severson CHL 7.5 C
3. Alexander Urbom Pro 7.0 C
4. Reece Scarlett Pro 7.0 C
5. Eric Gelinas Pro 7.0 C
6. Steve Santini NCAA 7.0 C
7. Joshua Jacobs Junior 7.0 C
8. Seth Helgeson Pro 6.5 B
9. Brandon Burlon Pro 6.5 C
10. Curtis Gedig NCAA 6.0 C
11. Ryan Rehill CHL 6.0 C
12. Joe Faust NCAA 6.0 D
13. Raman Hrabarenka Pro 6.0 D

Devils Training Camp in Full Swing

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The New Jersey Devils opened training camp on September 8th fresh from a summer of Stanley Cup celebrations. Many Devils’ prospects missed out on those celebrations but are pressing to be a part of future ones.

The departure of Claude Lemieux, Vladimir Malakhov and Brad Bombardir ensures there will be some new blood in the New Jersey locker room. Backup goaltender Chris Terreri turns 36 in November and the Devils plan on taking a long look at their goaltending future. In addition, for now a couple of slots remain open due to the contract holdouts of Scott Niedermayer and Jason Arnott.

In goal there is no doubt that the tandem of Martin Brodeur and Terreri will remain in place at least for this season barring any injury. Although none of the team’s other goaltenders appear ready for the NHL, the Devils were impressed with the play of Ari Ahonen, the former number one pick from Finland.

Ahonen at age 19 showed promise in his limited time in camp before returning to Finland. New Jersey is hopeful the young goaltender will return the U.S. later in the season and play some games for Albany of the AHL. The fact that Ahonen appears to be the goaltender of the future does not bode well for Jean-Francois Damphousse and Frederic Henry who will once again split time in Albany.
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Some New Blood For Devils Defense

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After losing Vladimir Malakhov to free agency and Brad Bombardir to the expansion Wild, the New Jersey Devils have two openings on defense. They should have no problems filling those slots.

Veteran Ken Sutton certainly will be given a shot to stay with the big club for the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Sutton, once voted the best defenseman in the American Hockey League, has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany over the past couple of seasons and would appear to be a seventh defenseman or insurance policy rather than a top six guy.

Willie Mitchell, the former Clarkson standout, can also be expected to make a run at a job in New Jersey. In his first full professional season Mitchell played solidly at Albany and also impressed the Devils in a two game stint in the NHL.

In July the Devils added to their defensive depth by signing Swedish rearguard Josef Boumedienne along with North Dakota defenseman Mike Commodore. Both will be watched closely by the Devils’ hierarchy at training camp in September.

Boumedienne, 6’1, 200 lbs., played for Tappara in the Finnish League over the past two seasons. New Jersey was so high on him that Boumedienne needed to be protected in June’s expansion draft after scoring 8 goals and 24 assists in 50 games last season.
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Devils Look To Replenish System

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With seven picks in the first three rounds of the NHL’s 2000 Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils had a great chance to solidify its future. General Manager Lou Lamoriello and his staff made some surprising picks, some solid picks and some intriguing picks.

New Jersey had the 22nd pick of the draft and surprised no one by choosing a defenseman. What did surprise many was that the pick turned out to be David Hale of Sioux City of the USHL.

Hale, 6-1 and 204 lbs., was rated 25th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau. Since there were so many highly touted Europeans in this year’s draft, many expected Hale to go later in the second round. However, the physical defenseman, who will attend North Dakota this coming year, surely seems like a good fit for the Devils.

In the second round, New Jersey had four picks, picking two forwards and two defensemen. Finnish right wing Teemu Laine was a solid pick while unheralded Russian center Aleksander Suglobov could be classified as a surprise. The Devils then added two American defensemen later in the round. Matt DeMarchi of the University of Minnesota was chosen along with future Golden Gopher Paul Martin of Elk River High School.
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Van Ryn Bids Adieu To Devils

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In a decision which could affect numerous NCAA players and NHL teams, an arbitrator declared 1998 New Jersey first round draft choice Mike Van Ryn to be an unrestricted free agent.

Van Ryn, drafted after his freshman year at the University of Michigan, left college after his sophomore season to play for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. He and his agents argued that a loophole in the NHL collective bargaining agreement made the young defenseman a free agent.

Arbitrator Lawrence Holden agreed with Van Ryn, a bitter pill to swallow for both the Devils and the NHL. It was hoped New Jersey would avoid an arbitrator’s decision and settle with Van Ryn.

The Boston Bruins had a similar situation in 1999 with former draft choice Ben Clymer who left the University of Minnesota in order to play in the Western Hockey League. However the Bruins relented after receiving pressure from the league, allowing Clymer to become a free agent and sign with Tampa Bay. This avoided the inevitable arbitrator’s decision setting a precedent for the future.

Van Ryn, a solid two-way defensman, should generate considerable interest from other NHL teams. He is certain to receive more lucrative offers than he had received from New Jersey.

Lamoriello And Co. Still In Charge Of Devils’ Draft

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It is more or less official now. The John McMullen years are over for the Devils and new owners will be taking over shortly. However, the change in ownership does not mean there will be any changes at New Jersey’s draft table in Calgary on June 24.

Although still riding high after a second Stanley Cup victory in the last six seasons, you can be sure General Manager Lou Lamoriello will be more than ready for this year’s draft. With no assurance that the mysterious Lamoriello will return for next season, this could be his last hurrah.

Lamoriello and his staff, which includes unheralded chief scout David Conte, surely will be looking to continue the success of the past several years. There is no reason to expect the Devils will operate any differently from past years.

With a Stanley Cup winning team, there are usually not too many holes to fill. Therefore you can expect New Jersey will go after that proverbial best player available regardless of position. The Devils, with one of the NHL’s finest goaltenders in Martin Brodeur, still used first round picks to draft goalies in 1997 and 1999 (J.F. Damphousse and Ari Ahonen) despite the perception the club needed offensive players.

Lamoriello also will not be afraid to make a trade on draft day. The Devils had success moving down to draft Brodeur in 1990, as well as moving up to take Scott Gomez in 1998.
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