Devils Director of Scouting David Conte recaps the Devils' 2014 Draft
Two-way ability and toughness were two of the items on the Devils' shopping list at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.
After opening the weekend by selecting center John Quenneville 30th overall, New Jersey added defenseman Josh Jacobs, who hopes someday to be compared to Brent Seabrook, and right wing Connor Chatham, whose personal blueprint is Blues' captain David Backes.
In the fifth round, the Devils claimed 6-2 defenseman Ryan Rehill, then landed Joey Dudek, a center with an NFL family pedigree. With its final pick, New Jersey added size and toughness in the form of Brandon Baddock, a 6-3 left wing who hoisted the Memorial Cup last season. Click the links below for a closer look at each member of this year's draft class:
- 1st round, 30th overall: John Quenneville, C
- 2nd round, 41st overall: Josh Jacobs, D
- 3rd round, 71st overall: Connor Chatham, RW
- 5th round, 131st overall: Ryan Rehill, D
- 6th round, 152nd overall: Joey Dudek, C
- 6th round, 161st overall: Brandon Baddock, LW
Including Quenneville's selection, New Jersey has selected 33 players in the first round all-time, including 20 forwards, 10 defensemen (last time, Adam Larsson
, 4th/2011) and three goaltenders (last time, Ari Ahonen
The club has drafted a forward with four of its last five first-round selections: 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).
New Jersey has selected a forward with 13 of its 19 picks since 2011 and with ten of its 13 choices since 2012. Both Reid Boucher
(4th round, 2011) and Stefan Matteau
(1st round, 2012) have already made their NHL debut with the Devils.
The Devils have now chosen a defenseman in the second round in five of the past six Drafts. Previous picks include:
2009 – Eric Gelinas
, 54th overall choice - He posted 7g-22a-29pts in 60 games in 2013-14, which was the third-highest total (tie, Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg & Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh) among rookie blueliners behind Boston’s Torey Krug (14g-26a-40pts) and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm (6g-24a-30pts).
2010 – Jon Merrill
, 38th overall choice – Recorded 2g-9a-11pts in 52 games during his first NHL season in 2013-14.
2012 – Damon Severson
, 60th overall choice – Finished sixth (tie) among WHL defensemen with 15g-46a-61pts and was named to the league’s West Second All-Star Team in 2013-14. He also led Kelowna with 4g-14a-18pts in 14 games overall during the post-season.
2013 – Steven Santini
– 42nd overall choice – Posted 3g-8a-11pts in 35 games and was named to the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in his freshman season with Boston College. Also scored 1g in five games with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.