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PROSPECT WATCH: Making an Impact Around the Globe

Presented by Verizon, we take a world tour to catch up with Devils prospects playing around the globe

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

In the latest edition of Verizon's Prospect Watch, we continue to catch up with the ongoings of Devils prospects around the globe. This week's prospect Aarne Talvitie began his season with Penn State, Nico Daws has arrived in Germany and Yegor Sharangovich continues to tear up the KHL. 

All that, and plenty more in Verizon's Prospect Watch: 

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PROSPECT WATCH: NCAA Players Enter the Mix

The Verizon Prospect Watch adds a few more names into the fold as the NCAA season starts up

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

There are some new names on our Verizon Prospect Watch this week as the NCAA has begun their 2020-21 seasons. Devils prospects Matthew Hellickson and Cole Brady have played their first games of the year and are added to the list of Devils prospects playing around the world. 

We catch you up with the prospects in this week's Verizon Prospect Watch.

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PROSPECT WATCH: Checking In with Devils Prospects

Presented by Verizon, the weekly Prospect Watch catches up with Devils players around the globe

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

It's time for our weekly catchup with our prospect pool. Several teams are resuming play after a pause in their game-play due to COVID-19. Others, like the KHL, are returning after a league break. There's also some good news for players here in North America, with the announcement of start dates for the NCAA. 

Learn more about what our prospects have been up to in this week's Verizon Prospect Watch.


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PROSPECT WATCH: Keeping an Eye on Devils Prospects

While the NHL waits for a new start date, Devils prospects are loaned to clubs overseas and in Canada, so learn more about their production in Prospect Watch, presented by Verizon

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

While we wait for a start date for the 2020-21 NHL season, several of the club's younger players and prospects have been loaned to clubs overseas who have had the ability and safety measures to open up their seasons. Having players on the ice, ahead of a long-awaited training camp, allows these younger players to continue developing in a professional environment. 

Every week in our Verizon Prospect Watch we'll take a look at these players and prospects and how they're contributing to their clubs. This week we play catch up on several weeks' worth of games played to bring everyone up to date. 

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FEATURE: Q&A with Corey Pronman

Corey Pronman of The Athletic shared his thoughts on the Devils organizational depth and the outlook moving forward.

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

There's a whole lot to like when you look into the Devils prospect pool these days. The diversity in talent continues to grow across the board, building towards an even brighter future for the franchise. Some of those top players have already made their way into the NHL lineup like Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes, but there's a long list of players knocking on the door and even more who are just entering the fold. 

In a 'Q&A' Corey Pronman of The Athletic knows NHL prospects inside and out and shared his thoughts on the Devils' organizational depth and the outlook moving forward. 

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FEATURE: Prospect Analyst Sees Potential for Bright Future

In speaking with The Athletic's Corey Pronman, it's clear the Devils have a good foundation of young talent that should lead to future success

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

If there was some magic switch on the wall that would instantly make your top prospects NHL ready, the New Jersey Devils would be smashing it into the "on" position without delay. You always want to see the fruits of your labor quickly. It is the era of instant gratification. Almost everything is available at your fingertips. Unfortunately, it's just not how life works. You can't speed up time. And it will be a while before we see some of these names lighting the lamp in the black and red.

But there is no denying there is palpable excitement surrounding the New Jersey franchise's future. Currently, they're led up the middle by two first-overall picks, Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes, and the youthful roster is accented by a rising star in net in Mackenzie Blackwood, as well as talent on the wings like Jesper Bratt, Kyle Palmieri, and Nikita Gusev. But this team is nowhere near its potential, with a plethora of tantalizingly promising young prospects a year or two, or three, away from making an impact.

As you're reading this article, the words are coming from Of course, there would be an amplifying of positivity coming directly from the source. And so, sometimes it feels good as a fan of the team to have the reasons for excitement confirmed, and even bolstered, by a third-party voice.

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FEATURE: Devils 2020 Fourth Rounder Has Promise

Jaromir Pytlik has an opportunity to become one of the top two-way power forwards in the OHL

by Peter Robinson / Special to

Jaromir Pytlik selection by the Devils with the 99th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft created a couple of automatic storylines. 

Video: DRAFT | Jaromir Pytlik Media Avail

Any Czech hockey player, especially one named Jaromir, is going to be asked about Jaromir Jagr, whose storied career included almost two seasons playing for the Devils. Then there is retired Devils star Patrik Elias, who remains perhaps the next-best Czech player of his era behind only Jagr.

Soon after his selection, Pytlik confirmed that, like all Czech hockey players, he idolized both. 

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FEATURE: What Are the Devils Getting in Daws

Nico Daws' story is a tale of perseverance, being a late bloomer, and simply getting better

by Peter Robinson / Special to

Video: Behind The Scenes | Brodeur Welcomes Daws

He's the reigning Ontario Hockey League goaltender of the year, a member of its 2018-19 championship squad, and a World Junior gold medalist. 

But that doesn't tell the whole story of Nico Daws, the Guelph Storm goaltender, who the Devils scooped up in the third round of the NHL Draft. 

Daws' story is a tale of perseverance, being a late bloomer, and simply getting better. Nothing has been handed to him and he's earned everything he's accomplished, often the hard way.

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DRAFT: Fitzgerald and Devils Add Strong Prospects to Franchise

The Devils General Manager spoke to media following his first NHL Draft as GM and discussed the various additions to the Devils prospect pool

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

After two days of virtually drafting players from a war room in Newark, Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and his franchise walked away with eight new prospects and a 2021 7th round pick from the 2020 NHL Draft. 

Fitzgerald and VP of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron discussed the team's acquisitions following the seventh and final round of the draft.

"Some guys are going to be ready quicker than others and that's always the case in this league," said Castron. "But we drafted some high end players early on and maybe they still need time to develop, and they're going to get that time. We took a couple of kids today, they're going to go to college and we can bank down for a few years and let them develop as well."

Video: DEVILS NOW | Meet the newest Devils prospects

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DRAFT: Baumgartner Brings Consistent Skill

The Austrian center and Devils sixth round pick, will bring a high level of skill that he capitalizes on every shift

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

With their sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected Austrian center Benjamin Baumgartner. Baumgartner, a 5'9, 165 pound center, played for Davos in the Swiss National League last season. Through 37 games he had seven goals and 20 assists for a total of 27 points.

Baumgartner played for Austria in the 2020 World Junior Championship Division 1-A and was a top player for his country. Through five games he had five goals and six assists for eleven points. He led all skaters in goals, assists, and points while helping his team win a Gold Medal. Baumgartner also played in the 2019 World Championship for Austria. Where he played four games.

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