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. Mike Sislo Pro 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. Harri Pesonen Pro 6.5 D
6. Blake Pietila NCAA 6.0 B
7. Mike Hoeffel Pro 6.0 C
8. Derek Rodwell NCAA 6.0 C
9. Ben Thomson CHL 5.5 C
10. Riley Boychuk Pro 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Stefan Matteau Pro 7.0 C
2. Blake Coleman NCAA 6.5 C
3. Graham Black CHL 6.5 C
4. Ben Johnson CHL 6.5 D
5. Alex Kerfoot NCAA 6.5 D
6. Ryan Kujawinski CHL 6.5 D
7. David Wohlberg Pro 6.0 B
8. 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. Seth Helgeson Pro 6.5 B
8. Brandon Burlon Pro 6.5 C
9. Curtis Gedig NCAA 6.0 C
10. Joe Faust NCAA 6.0 D
11. Raman Hrabarenka Pro 6.0 D
12. Harry Young Pro 5.5 C

Defense reigns in New Jersey Devils prospect awards

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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.

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Seth Helgeson taking on leadership role with Minnesota

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Photo: Seth Helgeson has been one of the top defensive defensemen in the nation in 2011-12. (Photo courtesy of Josh Holmberg/Icon SMI)

University of Minnesota junior defenseman Seth Helgeson (NJ) has become one of the college hockey's best defensive defensemen. This season he is part of a well-balanced Golden Gophers blue line that has contributed in a variety of different ways to help Minnesota get to the Frozen Four.

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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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