Photo: Defenseman Matt Dumba, who is poised to crack Minnesota’s opening night roster, leads the players ranked 41-50 in HF’s Top 50 prospects ranking (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)
The Fall edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41-50. The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season left a talented pool of eligible prospects, evident already in the bottom group of players.
Photo: Damon Severson is one of several high profile defensive prospects in the New Jersey Devils prospect pool. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils have always relied on a core of hardened veterans to see them through. But change is in the air as those experienced players enter the twilight of their careers, while a new generation of Devils players come of age.
Photo: Forward Reid Boucher is coming off a breakout season in the OHL, where he managed 62 goals in 68 games. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Even prior to a wild and unpredictable 2013 off-season, the New Jersey Devils were going to see a lot of competition on their NHL roster from young prospects, most notably on defense, where the organization is deep and skilled. Despite the amount of veteran depth on paper in the organization, several forwards in the system could also fight their way into the NHL lineup.
Photo: Defenseman Steve Santini was the first player selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
As the hosts of the 2013 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils opened with a bang and closed on a touching note. With the team on the clock for their first round selection, Commissioner Gary Bettman arrived to the podium to announce that New Jersey had traded their first round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Cory Schneider.
Photo: Defenseman Adam Larsson was selected 4th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 NHL Draft. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The New Jersey Devils started the lockout shortened 2012-13 season on fire. Following a home-and-home sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in February, New Jersey sat atop of the Eastern Conference. Then the injuries started to take their toll. Without key contributors like Dainius Zubrus, Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk, the team tumbled down the standings. An inability to score, combined with some terrible luck down the stretch, kept New Jersey out of the playoffs for a second time in three years.