In terms of strengths and weaknesses, not much has changed for the New Jersey Devils organization. They continue to be well stocked on the blue line, which is good for the future because, aside from Adam Larsson and Mark Fayne, the majority of defensman in New Jersey are on the wrong-side of 30. In between the pipes, the Devils have finally started to plan for future and have a solid group of goaltending prospects. Upfront is a bit of a different story. There is some decent depth at wing and center, but in terms of top-six ability, there is not much to get excited about.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Large amount of pro level prospects
- Talent and depth on blue line
- Improved goaltending prospects
- Lack of potential star players at forward
- Lack of right wing depth
- No elite goaltending prospect
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
Lockout or no lockout, it is not likely that many of the New Jersey Devils minor-pro prospects would be in line for a promotion to the NHL. Having graduated a handful of players over the past couple of years like Adam Larsson, Adam Henrique, and Mark Fayne to name a few, the NHL roster is well stocked with established veterans and young up-and-comers.
The strength of the New Jersey Devils organization continues to reside in the burgeoning stable of defensemen working their way through the system. The addition of 2012 draft pick Damon Severson to a group that already includes Jon Merrill, Alexander Urbom, Eric Gelinas, and Reece Scarlett should have Devils fans frothing at the mouth about what the defense might look like in the near future. That doesn't even include Adam Larsson, who's already established himself at the NHL level.
The New Jersey Devils were back in a familiar position this season, drafting right near the end of the first round after advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. While the common thought was that this would be an opportune time for the Devils to give up their first round draft choice as part of the punishment for Ilya Kovalchuk's contract, GM Lou Lamoriello decided to keep the pick.
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.