NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils chats with teammate Zach Parise #9 in warmups prior to playing in his first game as a Devil against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on February 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp