Author Archives: Sam Britt

Devils Top-Five European Prospects

Follow me on Twitter When looking at prospects from across the Atlantic, there are many factors one must consider. The European rink size is one variable that is brought up as a concern about European skaters. NHL scouts sometimes wonder how players will translate to North America, where they will have less room to maneuver

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Devils Top-Five North American Prospects

Follow me on Twitter Prospect pools move in cycles. Teams begin with drab unimpressive youth crops, but can have a great NHL team. Then the squad begins to grow old, slip in the standings, and get high draft picks as a result, as high-end prospects begin to come flowing back into the fold. Once the

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Evaluating The “College Factor”

Follow me on Twitter @SammySTL5 There are many aspects an NHL scouting department has to consider when selecting a player, with size, skill level, and production all being key areas. Then there are the off-ice matters that must be considered. One factor that has always been prevalent is the “Russian factor”—fear that Russian-born players will

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Devils 2018 Development Camp Recap: The Standouts

The Devils’ rise can pretty much be traced through their development camps. Four years ago, New Jersey had one single impressive prospect at camp—John Quenneville. The Devils then started to turn things around, adding the likes of Pavel Zacha and Blake Speers in 2015. The team improved as we saw the additions of Nico Hischier,

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Who’s In The Spotlight At Devils’ Development Camp?

Development camp is a time for NHL teams to get all their prospects in one place to showcase their skating, stick-handling, and hockey IQs. Most of development camp is just getting players used to doing things at the NHL level like practicing and exercising. The rest is essentially bonding and trying to instill some of

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2018 Devils Draft Review: Ty Smith’s Reign Begins

This was the least divisive draft in recent Devils history. The past three years have been full of controversial decisions that have reaped mixed results. Nico vs. Nolan, McLeod vs. Brown, Zacha vs. Provorov are all very real debates Devils fans had in year’s past. Not this year. Finally, a pick was made that united

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2018 Devils Draft Preview Part II: Trading Down?

Ray Shero recently came out and said he would be open to the idea of trading down in this years draft. This idea has previously been speculated, but to have it explicitly acknowledged by Shero definitely stirs things up. There are a lot of inherent upsides to trading down, one being the chance to reacquire

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Improved, Stagnated, Bust: Which Prospects Stood Out?

With the end of another season approaching, it is time to check on the Devils prospect pool. Developing young players is a tricky business. A lot of teams struggle to master its nuances and get the most out of their draft picks. The Devils however, have experienced some relative success at developing impactful young players,

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