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FEATURE: Five Prospects to Watch at Development Camp

The Devils 2019 Development Camp roster has been released, so we take a look at five prospects who you should keep an eye on this week

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

This year's New Jersey Devils Development Camp is headlined by some familiar faces, as well as some new ones. There are a handful of prospects attending who have already seen NHL time, such as Michael McLeod, Joey Anderson, Brett Seney, Nathan Bastian, and Blake Speers. Some of the top prospects attending include 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes, Ty Smith, and Jesper Boqvist. And, of course, some of the latest picks from 2019 are coming to New Jersey for the first time.Let's take a look at five players who you should really keep an eye on this week.


This is an easy one. The 2019 first-overall pick enters 2019 Development Camp with a lot of excitement surrounding him. The dynamic, playmaking center has an opportunity to be a game-changer for the New Jersey Devils.

Video: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS | Hughes Skate

Hughes, 18, captained the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2018-19, potting 34 goals and adding 78 assists for a total of 112 points in 50 games. He also captained the Americans to a bronze medal finish at this past U-18 World Juniors tournament. In seven games, he scored nine goals and recorded 11 assists for the red, white and blue. 

His speed, elite skating, hockey sense, and the ability to make his teammates around him better, are some of his premiere characteristics as a player. He'll wear No. 86 at camp.  


Here's another obvious candidate... Smith, 19, was taken 17th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. As captain of the Spokane Chiefs, Smith racked up 69 points (7-62-69) in 57 WHL games. 

His offensive ability and skating propel him toward the top of the Devils prospects list. 

As a potential NHL piece this season, Smith is someone to watch closely, not only this week but at main camp later this summer. 

Smith is wearing No. 24. 


Boqvist is another player looking to break into the NHL this season. 

The 20-year-old Swedish winger was selected in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2017 draft. 

As a shifty, offensively skilled player, Boqvist has the potential to make an impact on the Devils lineup. He scored 13 goals and added 22 assists in 51 games for Brynäs IF of the SHL last season. 

Boqvist will sport No. 90 at camp. 


McLeod was able to load up on some valuable NHL experience in his first full professional season last year. In 21 games for the Devils, the 2016 12th-overall pick recorded three assists. 

 McLeod, 21, also had a decent first crack at the American Hockey League, where he scored six goals and added 27 assists for 33 points in 55 games for Binghamton - good for fifth on the team in scoring. 

With good size, skating and competitiveness, this skilled, two-way player could stand out among his peers this week. He will wear No. 41.


The 19-year-old Swede was taken in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft. He scored two goals and added two assists in 16 games for Färjestad BK of the SHL. He wore an "A" for Sweden at World Juniors. 

Zetterlund is recovering from an injury. While he will participate in all off-ice events, his on-ice participation is TBD. Regardless, it will be nice to get him in to see how he is progressing in his recovery.

There are plenty of other great players to watch this week. For full coverage of Development Camp, keep it locked to

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