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Notes of a Jersey Devil

Post by Mauso » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:40 am

Welcome to the Devils corner everyone!

Soon after his appointment new Devils GM found out that teams rebuild is not that much of a rebuild, but more of a bombardment. Taking over few days before the deadline, only trade Devils made was offloading Stempniak and Dawes for Doonskoi and 2x3rd round picks.

After closer inspection of the roster, it was soon realised Devils have to move some of their biggest assets in order to get better overall balance, preferably strengthening their defense and acquiring more picks in this years draft. As a result there was a lot of movement in Jersey before the draft.

Acquisitions:
Charlie Coyle
Matthew Dumba
Tobias Rieder
Mike Reilly
Matt Stajan
Jason Zucker
TBL 1st round in 2016 (16th OVR)
ARI 5th round in 2017
MIN 1st round in 2017
MIN 2nd round in 2017


Departures:
Reid Boucher
Brett Connoly
Joonas Donskoi
Brandon Dubinsky
Adam Henrique
Brock Nelson
Damon Severson
Panther 3rd round in 2016
Devils 4th round in 2016
Islander 3rd round in 2016
Devils 3rd round in 2020

The depth on the C position made it possible for us to give up Dubinsky and Henrique both. Schenn, Coyle, Karlsson (hoping that Zacha will join them soon) will have to step up and prove they are worthy of wearing our sweaters. Acquiring also Reilly and Dumba, both talented Dmans and 2x1st round pick was something we pursued from the first moment and hope it pays off in the long run.

Id also like to thank everybody for helping me out in the first few weeks of EHM online experience. Its been great fun so far.

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Re: Notes of a Jersey Devil

Post by Mauso » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:23 am

2016 NHL DRAFT

The long awaited draft day has finally come to WHL! Atmosphere was ecstatic and Devils were highly anticipating the results.

With the first pick and 4th overall, Devils chose finnish giant Patrik Laine from Tappara Tamperen of Liiga. Scoring 24 g with 35 pts in 44 games in Finlands top tier, we were more than pleasantly surprised that he was still available.

Second player selected by NJ, as a 11th overall was Evan Fitzpatrick from Sherbrooke Phoenix. This was toughest decision as there were still a lot of skaters we liked available, but it seemed more than reasonable to strengthen our weakest position for the future and have some insurance in case Mackenzie Blackwood doesnt develop to a proper starter.

Last pick in the first round for Devils 16th overall brought us Luke Green from Saint John Sea Dogs. Green is another guy we really wanted to add to our prospect pool. Mentally, hes almost NHL ready, though he has to work hard on his technical abilities. But time is all we have.

In 2nd round there were 2 early picks available to Devils. As a no 32 of the draft was selected Kale Clague, hard working Dman and a potential PK specialist. As no 38 we were lucky enough to be able to draft Tyson Jost, while not most gifted, hes ultimate hard worker and teamplayer. We hope he will continue this trend and hone his skills in college.

After acquiring these players, there was a long wait for the next Devils pick as it was set for the 5th round. We felt that we should add some depth for C position and drafted Dillon Dubé and Brandon Saigeon, with 122nd and 139th pick.

Rest of the drafted players:
152. Jacob Cederholm - big swedish Dman
156. Ilya Zinoviev - skillfull winger, will get a chance to prove himself in AHL next season
182. Dylan Wells - we wanted to add another goalie to the organisation as few will be leaving at the end of the next season and our scouts liked Wells
186. Brendan Johnston - pick made by drunken AGM; but another G wont hurt
191. Skyler McKenzie - another drunken AGM pick; looks solid

Overally we are more than satisfied with the draft outcome. Laine was our prefference over Puljujarvi, though until the last minute, we believed he will be picked by Anaheim right ahead of us. Drafting Fitzpatrick and Green was also part of the plan. Though it was difficult and we had to change strategy few hours before draft and select Fitzpatrick at 11th (since according to our scouts hes best G available in this and next draft), instead of Green. But being able to select Green at 16 made this package whole and we are really looking forward to see how their developement will continue, while we will also closely inspect that of Clague and Jost.

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Re: Notes of a Jersey Devil

Post by Mauso » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:38 am

DRAFT 2017

Took us whole season to come up with another Devils summary, but let's be honest. Draft is the only time of excitement in New Jersey. :help:

And I can assure you there was a lot of excitement ahead of draft in New Jersey. General impression was that this draft simply isnt good enough, so our scouts were working even harder to prove everyone wrong and make their lifes miserable in the future!

First task was to draft another prospective Dman to complete our core for future which already consisted of young talented Dman (Dumba, Green, Reilly, Klague, Morrissey and Morin). Our first pick was 5th overall this year ( thanks lottery system :dunno: ). Although we wanted to draft highly talented Dman first of all, Antoine Morand was still available when Sharks were on the clock with 4th overall and we were informed they were looking to draft Dman aswell. Antoine Morand was clear #1 in our rankings and we are convinced he will top his draft class. After Sharks drafted him, we knew its between David Farrance, Urho Vaakanainen and Antoin Crete-Belzile. At the end we have decided to go David Farrance, hoping he has better upside than other two. He had great season with US NTDP in USHL with 83 points in 58 games.

Our second, 13th overall(acquired from Ottawa for Charlie Coyle) was supposed to bring talented scorer to New Jersey. We were deciding between Louis-Filip Cote, Igor Zenchikov and Fabian Zetterlund. We didn't expect Cote will still be available at this point, so we were almost sure it will be Zenchikov wearing Devils sweater in few years. But as there was few surprising names called prior to this pick, all three were on the table. We like both Cote and Zenchikov so much we would actually prefer to land both. Decision has to be made and New Jersey Devils are proud to be a future team of Louis-Filip Cote who will for now remain in his current team Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as he still needs some seasoning.

27th overall (acquired from Minnesota in Henrique trade), brought us Marko Laakkonen, big body Finnish winger (similar player type as Laine) from Assat Porin of Liiga. We are hoping he will get spot on Assat roster in the coming season and will continue his development in Finnish top league.

Next three picks for Devils were 33rd, 34th and 36th. As #33 was selected Jonas Rondbjerg, exciting winger from Denmark. After having good season with Danish side Rungsted (playing Denmarks top league) he moved to Finland where he played for junior team of HIFK. With pick #34 Devils decided to select hard working center Stellio Mattheos. While not an offensive beast, he can be a great two-way center in the future. With pick #36 we have decided to add a bit more depth to our defensive prospect pool and selected Alexander Krief from Chicoutimi. Offensive Dman had very decent season in Chicoutimi, scoring 26 points in 38 games. He missed 3 months due to the injury and we think that if he can avoid in the future he can develop into proper NHL player.

Another three players were selected later in the second round, specifically at 52nd, 56th and 57th. Players selected were Denis Morozov playing in Russian junior league for Novosibirsk, Lubomir Lesnak playing for Kamloops Blazers and Matvei Zaseda, another Russian junior league player, this time from Chabarovsk. It is fair to say, all 3 are long shots. They are already strong in certain areas, but have a lot of work to do in other. While Morozov is already mentally ready to play senior hockey, he needs to work hard on his skating and technical abilities. Lesnak, hard working Dman had 2 decent seasons in Slovak junior leagues before he moved to Kamloops and we hope he will follow the trend there. While he already is decent skater who can log high minutes, he needs to read the game better in order to become NHL player one day. And while Zaseda is skillfull player who can score goals, he will have to improve his skating.

At this point we took a break as our next 4 picks were in 5th and 7th round:
#123 Edward Nerland - speedy center playing for Windsor Spitfires in OHL
#197 Jonas Sander - hard working center playing for Kingston Frontenacs, already mature player despite his young age
#202 Dewey Palmisano - dangerous playmaking center, playing for Minnesota Ice Hawks in MJHL
#209 Janne Kuokkanen - flashy defensive forward, playing for Karpat in Finnish Liiga

Overally we are more than satisfied with the draft. We missed on few players we were hoping to get, like Morand or Foltin. But same as last year, we were able to land all the players we wanted and were hoping for in the first round.

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