We’ve already looked at two potential players the New Jersey Devils could draft with the fourth overall pick in Brandt Clarke and Simon Edvinsson. Today, we’ll dive into defenseman Luke Hughes, the younger brother of Devils center Jack Hughes.
There’s always going to be revisionist history in sports. The NHL Draft is a prime suspect for it. While some people are thrilled with getting a superstar wherever they pick, there are other picks that are constantly scrutinized.
The New Jersey Devils had a lot of reasons to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite what Tom Fitzgerald says, it has nothing to do with rooting for the New York Islanders despite the team being half former Devils.
Looking at moves both internally and externally that the New Jersey Devils can or need to make prior to the 2021-22 NHL season. While I certainly agree with CJ’s introduction yesterday that the Devils aren’t exactly in line for an exciting offseason, I also agree with his point that there are things that must be done.
The lottery from last week revealed that the Devils would select fourth overall in the 2021 NHL Draft. Even though there was a slim chance that they could possibly get the first or second selection, they were mainly projected to fall into the fourth-fifth pick category.
On the surface, Michael McLeod’s 52-game 2020-21 season for the New Jersey Devils may not look like anything special. 15 points, nine goals, two game-winners, 60 shots on goal, 89 hits, and 42 penalty minutes while averaging just under 14 minutes of ice-time per game.
With the New Jersey Devils locked into the fourth overall pick at the 2021 Draft, it’s time to look at potential choices with the selection. First, we examined Brandt Clarke, a right-handed defenseman who is a potential top-five pick and the brother of Devils prospect Graeme Clarke.
He’s quick, he’s agile, he’s got all-seeing ice vision. Is this top prospect going to be the next New Jersey Devil? Who is he? If you’ve been following prospects at all, this guy needs no introduction, but for those who haven’t heard: Meet William Eklum.
The New Jersey Devils traded or cut just about every veteran that was on the roster over the last two seasons. They made six deals that would be considered “sells” in the 2019-20 season, and then Tom Fitzgerald followed his performance by moving Dmitry Kulikov, Kyle Palmieri, and Travis Zajac in two different deals.
The New Jersey Devils are sitting with the fourth-overall pick in the NHL Draft. The lottery didn’t go their way in terms of moving up, but they definitely avoided the worst-case scenario, and sitting at number four overall might be perfect to get their desired target.
Beniers is a forward from Michigan who has shot up some draft rankings in 2021. But perhaps he should have been at the top the whole time. Hughes, Clarke, or Power - it would seem, given the state of the team’s organizational depth, that the New Jersey Devils would want to get one of the top three defensemen in the 2021 NHL Draft.
The NHL Draft Lottery is now a thing of the past. The New Jersey Devils will have the fourth overall selection come the first round of the draft on July 23, the exact slot they held before the lottery drawing.
At some point, GM Tom Fitzgerald will need to get things headed back in the direction of playoff contention, which results in a rather large to-do list that reflects requiring improvements pretty much everywhere.