Devils add forward size in third round with Chatham
/ New Jersey Devils
With their third-round pick, 71st overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft, the Devils’ added 6-2 right wing Connor Chatham (Plymouth, OHL). A power forward, Chatham says his rugged, two-way style is best compared to St. Louis’ captain David Backes.
Devils’ Director of Scouting, David Conte: “He made great improvement; his productivity was all in the second half [of the season], which lends us to believe it should be significantly better next year. He lends a physical presence, he’s got speed. He’s a big prototypical winger, where, if you ask the general manager, "What do you want to draft?", they’re going to tell me: a big winger. Well, that’s Connor Chatham."
More on Chatham:
• He started the 2013-14 season with a goal in his second career Ontario Hockey League contest and finished his rookie season with 31 points (13g-18a) in 54 games.
• He grew up cheering for Brett Hull and the St. Louis Blues and aims to model his game after current Blues’ captain David Backes.
• Chatham recalls his most memorable hockey moment as winning the gold medal at the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament against the host Russians. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering a goal and assist in five games.
• He played one campaign with the U.S. Under-17 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, tallying 20 points (7g-13a) in 55 games in 2011-12 before joining the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League the following season. In 2012-13, Chatham ranked fourth on the Lancers with 35 points (18g-17a) in 63 games.
• Chatham began his hockey career with the Southern Illinois Icehawks, where he played six years. He also played two seasons with both the Afton Americans and St. Louis AAA Blues.
• He shared second in the bench press at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, completing 18 reps.