On Tuesday, the Devils claimed the first overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery, helping to chart the future course for the franchise. The win marked the second first-overall pick for New Jersey over the past three seasons and naturally created a real buzz in the hockey world.
As a result, everything in the hockey news for the foreseeable future is going to go through New Jersey. We present the first of what will be a regular feature to help Devils fans keep track of all the team-related news out there.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Devils will contend again because their GM is lucky and smart
by Ken Campbell
New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero and his New York Rangers' counterpart, Jeff Gorton, were on the same flight out of Newark to Toronto for the NHL draft lottery Tuesday morning. It was a turbulent trip with a dicey landing, which is entirely fitting considering the bumpy rides both they and their teams have endured this season.
SPORTSNET: Devils feel winds of change after winning Draft Lottery
by Ryan Dixon
The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers felt fortunate even before the NHL Draft Lottery results handed the former the first-overall pick and the latter No. 2.
SPORTSNET: Devils' Taylor Hall has best Draft Lottery luck ever
by Emily Sadler
For the second time in three years, the New Jersey Devils have lucked into the No. 1 overall draft pick. In 2017, they turned the fifth-best odds into the No. 1 overall pick, and Tuesday night they jumped up two spots to claim the top spot. The real winner, though, is Taylor Hall.
TSN: Taylor Hall strikes again as lucky Draft Lottery Charm
by Frank Seravalli
Turns out, The Trade wasn't really one for one. For the New Jersey Devils, it was for , and maybe now Jack Hughes. Because Hall isn't just a Hart Trophy winner. He is the Draft Lottery's MVP.
THE ATHLETIC: What's at stake for the Devils in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery: The quest for more talent begins
by Corey Masisak
Taylor Hall's assertion Monday that the Devils need more talent, in the form of external additions and internal improvement, shouldn't be that profound. New Jersey has finished in the bottom four of the NHL standings in two of the past three seasons, so of course the Devils need better players to sustain any success moving forward.
ESPN: Devils beat odds to win lottery, chance at Hughes
by Greg Wyshynski
The New Jersey Devils won the 2019 NHL draft lottery after entering Tuesday night's event in Toronto with the third-best odds. It's the second lottery win in three years for the Devils. They won it in 2017 and selected center Nico Hischier. "I said the No. 1 thing we needed was [more] talent, and this is a huge part of getting more talent. It's a huge day for the Devils," GM Ray Shero said after the draw.
GLOBE AND MAIL: Devils to get top pick after winning NHL lottery, eyeing Jack Hughes
by Joshua Clipperton, Canadian Press
Devils general manager Ray Shero has made it clear his team needs to accumulate more talent. The luck of the draw helped New Jersey take a huge step in that direction Tuesday. The Devils will pick first at June's NHL draft after the lottery balls fell in their favour - bumping the franchise up to the top spot from No. 3.