Photo: The fourth overall pick of 2011, Adam Larsson is the highest drafted player by the New Jersey Devils since they selected Scott Niedermayer third overall in 1991. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
Given that the New Jersey Devils advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final this season, it seemed like a slam-dunk that they would forfeit their first round draft pick this year. However GM Lou Lamoriello threw everyone a curve-ball and decided to keep the pick, which is the second to last (29th overall) in the first round. He obviously has the confidence that his team can again contend for the Stanley Cup in the coming years because now the Devils will have to decide whether to give up their first round pick in either 2013 or 2014.
Photo: Rookie center Adam Henrique has shown a knack for clutch scoring in the 2012 NHL playoffs. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
While Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have watched the playoffs on high-definition telecasts, one Calder Trophy finalist has lived them firsthand, helping push his team all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
Photo: Center David Wohlberg signed an entry-level deal shortly after his senior season with Michigan ended. (Rick Osentoski/Icon SMI)
The New Jersey Devils have seen a bounty of post-season success this season, most noticeably at the NHL level, where they will battle the Los Angeles Kings for the 2012 Stanley Cup. Unfortunately many of the organization's prospects can't make the same claim, with many finishing their post-seasons quite early, or in some cases not having one at all.
Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: The diminutive Reid Boucher remains one of the top goal-scoring prospects in the Devils system. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)
Below is the inaugural edition of the New Jersey Devils prospect awards. It should come as no surprise that several defensemen garnered awards, as that remains a position of great strength for the Devils organization.