New Jersey Devils 2015 Entry Draft Notes

The Devils have six picks, including the sixth choice overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, which begins tonight at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Devils Draft Choices

A breakdown of each of the Devils’ draft picks, including those that were acquired/traded:

  • Round 1 – 6th overall
  • Round 2 – 36th overall
  • Round 2 – 41st overall (acquired from Florida, 2/26/15)
  • Round 3 – 67th overall
  • Round 4 – 97th overall
  • Round 5 – 127th overall (traded to St. Louis, 3/22/13)
  • Round 6 – 157th overall
  • Round 7 – 187th overall (traded to Los Angeles, 6/30/13)

First Round Notes

  • New Jersey has selected 34 players in the first round all-time, including 21 forwards (last time, John Quenneville, 30th/2014), 10 defensemen (last time, Adam Larsson, 4th/2011) and three goaltenders (last time, Ari Ahonen, 27th/1999).
  • The club has drafted a forward with four of its last five first-round selections: John Quenneville (2014), Stefan Matteau (2012), Jacob Josefson (2009) and Mattias Tedenby (2008). Defenseman Adam Larsson (2011) was the exception. (First-round picks in 2010 and 2013 were traded).

Sixth Overall Pick

  • The Devils have drafted a player with the sixth overall selection once previously. At the 1983 Entry Draft in Montreal, the Devils selected forward John MacLean (Oshawa, OHL), who would go on the play 15 seasons with the team. MacLean was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship team & ranks second in Devils’ history in goals (347) and points(701), is fourth in assists (354) and fifth in games played (934).
  • Previous sixth overall selections also include: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2009, Phoenix), Mikko Koivu (2001, Minnesota), Scott Hartnell (2000, Nashville), Ryan Smyth (1994, Edmonton), Peter Forsberg (1991, Philadelphia), Vincent Damphousse (1986, Toronto), Phil Housley (1982, Buffalo) and Paul Coffey (1980, Edmonton).

Devils In The Top Ten

  • New Jersey is drafting in the top ten for the 11th time in team history & for just the third time since 1996. Previous top ten selections:
    • Adam Larsson – 4th overall, 2011
    • Lance Ward – 10th overall, 1996
    • Scott Niedermayer -3rd overall, 1991
    • Bill Guerin – 5th overall, 1989
    • Brendan Shanahan – 2nd overall, 1987
    • Neil Brady – 3rd overall, 1986
    • Craig Wolanin – 3rd overall, 1985
    • Kirk Muller – 2nd overall, 1984
    • John MacLean – 6th overall, 1983
    • Rocky Trottier – 8th overall, 1982

Forward Thinking

New Jersey has drafted a forward with four of its last five first-round selections: John Quenneville (2014), Stefan Matteau (2012), Jacob Josefson (2009) and Mattias Tedenby (2008). Defenseman Adam Larsson (2011) was the exception (First-round picks in 2010 and 2013 were traded). The Devils selected a forward with 16 of their 24 picks since 2011 and with 13 of 18 choices since 2012. Both Reid Boucher (4th round, 2011) and Matteau have already made their NHL debut.

Getting Defensive

The Devils have selected a defenseman in the first or second round in each of the last seven drafts:

  • 2014: Josh Jacobs – Indiana (USHL) – 2nd round, 41st overall
  • 2013: Steven Santini – Boston College (HE) – 2nd round, 42nd overall
  • 2012: Damon Severson – Kelowna (WHL) – 2nd round, 60th overall
  • 2011: Adam Larsson – Skelleftea (Sweden) – 1st round, 4th overall
  • 2010: Jon Merrill – United States Development Program – 2nd round, 38th overall
  • 2009: Eric Gelinas – Lewiston (QMJHL) – 2nd round, 54th overall
  • 2008: Brandon Burlon – St. Michael’s (OPJHL) – 2nd round, 52nd overall

Nabbing Netminders

New Jersey has selected 28 goaltenders in the draft all-time, most recently Anthony Brodeur (7th round, 2013).  The earliest the Devils have ever selected a goaltender was 20th overall (Martin Brodeur, 1990). New Jersey has not chosen a goalie in the first or second round since 2005 (Jeff Frazee, 38th overall).

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