The New Jersey Devils will keep their prospects busy as the 2018 Development Camp rolls around. Daily on-ice sessions are just a portion of what the 33 players will be kept busy with. The hope in participating in a Development Camp is for the club to learn about their players, but also for players to learn what it takes to make it in the NHL and how to carry yourself as a professional.
There are many different aspects to being a complete player, and those are the lessons the New Jersey Devils hope their players will busy learning from July 10 to July 14.
While the players will spend a lot of time on the ice honing their hockey skills, working with developmental coaches, they'll also venture on team-bonding outings. Every aspect of development camp is planned out with the intention to teach these young men about becoming a professional and embracing the culture of the New Jersey Devils.
During the five-day stay in New Jersey, players will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Devils facilities and staff members. In years past, prospects have taken boat rides around New Jersey/New York City, gone to baseball games, competed in go-kart races, learned to prepare food at cooking classes and participated in the dreaded shuttle run as part of their physical testing. Current members of the New Jersey Devils often make appearances, taking time out of their summer to meet with the NHL hopefuls and providing insight into their own paths towards the NHL, and what it means to be a New Jersey Devil.
While no two development camps are alike, they all lay on the same foundation of helping mold true professionals that fit the culture of brotherhood that General Manager Ray Shero, Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and head coach John Hynes are striving to build.