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Devils' 2015 NHL Draft notes

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

The Devils have six picks, including the sixth overall choice, in the 2015 NHL Entry 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 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 10 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.

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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