Ray Shero and The New Jersey Devils, by all accounts, had a successful draft-weekend. On paper, anyway. They filled some glaring needs by drafting talented Czech center Pavel Zacha along with their top ranked Goalie (Mackenzie Blackwood), a promising D-man (Colton White), and a few more forwards (Blake Speers, Brett Sensy) with a lot of upside to help replenish their system. Time
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Day 2 in the Sunshine State. The Devils were at it early, dealing their first selection of the day. Besides that though, the Devils used the rest of their picks to draft prospects. It was a day that utilized to address the lack of forwards in the system while also strengthening the goaltending and defensive
Now that the dust has settled, we can finally sit back and reflect on what ultimately turned out to be an eventful two days for the New Jersey Devils at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. They didn’t land any star-caliber talent that got moved like Milan Lucic or Ryan O’reilly, but general manager Ray Shero
With the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, the New Jersey Devils have selected center Pavel Zacha of the Sarnia Sting. Zacha, 18 had a productive but hindered season with the Sting. The Czech native had 16 goals and 34 points in 37 games, missing a large portion of the season due to
Drafting young players is far from science in any sport. Invariably, despite the most intelligent minds that spend months analyzing, interviewing and projecting, it’s at best an educated guess. Talent doesn’t always translate into success, and as the saying goes, you can’t measure work ethic and desire. With most prospects, it takes some time for
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The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is set to begin this Friday night at 7:00pm EST in Sunrise, Florida, and will then continue with rounds 2-7 on Saturday morning. This year’s draft is widely considered to be one of the most stockpiled drafts in recent memory, with a plethora of young talent available for the taking.
Editor’s Note: This piece solely reflects the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect upon the views of the Devils Army Blog or any of its writers/admins. Most fans were disappointed with the Devils’ play last year, to say the least. Each game was seemingly played with a lack of fire, lack of
There’s a pretty good chance Patrik Elias will go down as the best forward in the history of the New Jersey Devils. And with that, an equally good chance his jersey will one day be ceremoniously hung from the rafters at the Rock. But at 39, on the last year of a 4-year deal, with
Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci It started with the hiring of 40-year old John Hynes, who became the youngest head coach in the NHL upon joining the New Jersey Devils on June 2. It was perceived as an uncharacteristic move to the Devils faithful, who are more accustomed to seeing the same coaches- or at