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FEATURE: Wedgewood Talks Puddy Mask Return, Bubble Life and Winning Cup

Three years after being traded to Arizona, goaltender Scott Wedgewood is excited to make his return to the Devils organization after signing on Free Agency Day

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

In October of 2017, the Devils traded goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Arizona Coyotes after seven years in the organization. They had drafted him in the third round back in 2010. Less than three years later, he makes his organizational return. 

"It's obviously exciting," said Wedgewood in a media availability on Monday. "After being moved the first time to Arizona -- I looked up to Marty (Brodeur) and until his last year, he was pretty much one team guy. And my whole junior career was Plymouth. I didn't get traded in the OHL and they kind of broke your heart, but it was just one of those things where you wanted to stay loyal to where it started.

"But having the chance to come back, it's familiar. You know, the rink's the same, a lot of the staff has been the same over the course of the time. It's Binghamton now (instead of Albany) so there's a lot of familiar faces and just a lot of comfortability coming back, you know how it operates and how it's done. You've been there for so long and it's something that kind of takes the nerves out of it."

Video: MEDIA AVAIL | Scott Wedgewood

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Devils Choose Five on Draft Day 2

Videos, articles and more from the second day of the 2020 NHL Draft, covering rounds two through seven

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Video: 3-ON-3 | 2020 Draft Recap

The New Jersey Devils had five selections on the second day of the 2020 NHL Draft. They chose:  

  • Nicolas Daws, Round 3 - 84th Overall

  • Jaromir Pytlik, Round 4 - 99th Overall

  • Ethan Edwards, Round 4 - 120th Overall

  • Artem Shlaine, Round 5 - 130th Overall

  • Ben Baumgartner, Round 6 - 161st Overall

Video: DEVILS NOW | Meet the newest Devils prospects

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Devils Make Three Selections on Draft Day 1

Alexander Holtz (7th), Dawson Mercer (18th) and Shakir Mukhamadullin (20th) are the newest Devils as New Jersey takes a trio in the first round

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils had three selections in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft and they ended up making all three picks. 

  • Alexander Holtz, 7th Overall

  • Dawson Mercer, 18th Overall

  • Shakir Mukhamadullin, 20th Overall

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Video: DEVILS NOW | The Devils add three new prospects

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BLOG: Boqvist Loaned to Timra IK of the Swedish League

Boqvist can return to the Devils when 20-21 NHL training camps begin

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced on Saturday morning that they have loaned forward Jesper Boqvist to Timrå IK (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden).  

Boqvist split the 2019-20 season with New Jersey and Binghamton (AHL). He scored four goals in 38 games with New Jersey and posted eight goals and three assists for 11 points in 19 games with Binghamton.  

He will be available to play with Timrå IK in Sweden right away. Their season began on Friday with a 4-1 loss top IF Björklöven.

Boqvist will be available to return to the Devils when 2020-21 NHL training camps begin. 

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BLOG: Jake Sanderson Relishes Role as Riser

Son of NHLer Geoff Sanderson, Jake has risen all the way to number four among North American Skaters up from eleven

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Jake Sanderson is one of, if not the fastest riser in the 2020 NHL Draft. At the start of the season he was seen as someone who might squeek into the first round but now he's a virtual lock for top 10. 

His play in the second half of the season has certainly contributed to that but so too has the scarity for high-end blueline talent in this draft. 

The emergence of outstanding young blueliners around the NHL, in particular Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes, has likely also contributed. Sanderson's style of game is similar in a lot of ways to those two. 

"I'm a two-way defenseman. Someone who can play in all situations. I'm a unique player becuase I can play a hard-nosed game but also use my hockey sense to advance the puck up ice as well."

Sanderson also has strong hockey bloodlines with his dad Geoff Sanderson having played over 1100 games in the NHL. He was drafted 36th overall in the 1990 NHL Draft, the same year the Devils took Martin Brodeur at 20. 

"My dad's been awesome. Been there every step of the way. He tells me to enjoy the moment. It only happens once in your life. What comes after that is the most important part."

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BLOG: Drysdale Patterns Himself After Top Blueline Stars

Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes, one-two in voting for the Calder Trophy this past season are among Drysdale's admirables

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The number three ranked North American Skater, Jamie Drysdale is also the top-ranked blueliner according to Central Scouting. He was asked which players he patterned his game after and had a detailed answer. 

"The things I like to look at and see and put in my game are, the confidence these young defensemen have. They know they can make a play. I want to have the confidence to make a play if I see it," Drysdale began. 

"Just being mobile on the ice. Having the ability to get up and down the ice." 

As for naming names, the list of rearguards that Drysdale admires most is a who's who of top defensive stars currently in the NHL. 

"Skilled defensemen. (Mikko) Heiskenen, (Cale) Makar and (Quinn) Hughes. And Morgan Reilly, how he can play both ends of the ice."

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BLOG: Jack Quinn Very Familiar With Devils

With two interviews with Devils brass and training with Devils prospect Graeme Clarke, they're an organization Quinn knows well

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Jack Quinn is the seventh-ranked North American skater and as such is on the radar of the New Jersey Devils, who hold the seventh pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Doing their due dilligence, the Devils have connected several times with the offensive forward. 

I think it went well both times. They were good interviews," said Quinn of his meet-ups with the Devils. 

He has some added familiarity with the club, with four teammates who were Devils property: Graeme Clarke, Mitch Hoelscher, Kevin Bahl and Nikita Okhotyuk. In particular, he has spent and continues to spend a lot of time with Clarke, who he trains with in the off-season. 

"I talk to him about how cool it would be to go to the same organization," said Quinn.

Quinn made massive strides this past season compared to the year before, scoring 40 more goals and 57 more points, rising to 52 goals and 89 points for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. 

He was asked about the reasons for his outstanding improvement. 

"It started with a great summer in the gym," Quinn stated. "That led to me being in great shape and being comfortable with myself. The puck started going in. (Head Coach Andre Tourigny) was hard on me to get to the inside and be hard to play against. I worked on that and I think it was a big difference for me."

Quinn is expected to make even more strides after a much longer than expected summer to trai. 

"Trying to stay safe and use it as a good opportunity with a longer off-season to get a lot stronger and work on my game more."

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BLOG: Wednesday's Playoff Results Earn Devils at Least Two Third Rounders

Hurricanes losing to Boston gives the Devils a 2020 third round selection and Coyotes loss to Avalanche brings more clarity to Coyotes 2021 third round pick

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Carolina Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision on Wednesday to the Boston Bruins, losing their series four games to one. As a result, the final condition of the Devils' trade with the Carolina Hurricanes back in February was satisfied. 

On February 24, the Devils acquired forward Janne Kuokkanen, defenseman Frederick Claesson, and a conditional fourth rounder in 2020 in exchange for Sami Vatanen. 

The fourth rounder's condition was that it could become a third rounder if Vatanen played in 70% of Carolina's playoff games. In the five games against the Bruins, Vatanen suited up for four so by virtue of palying 80% of the games, the Devils now get a 2020 third-rounder. 

New Jersey also gets at least a 2021 third rounder from the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona lost today as well, 7-1 to the Colorado Avalanche, dropping their series four games to one. That pick could still become a second rounder if Taylor Hall ends up re-signing with the Desert Dogs.

The Coyotes' loss also guarantees that the Devils' first-round pick acquired in that same trade will be no worse than 18th overall. If Calgary or Montreal can advance to the third round of the playoffs, that pick could move to 17th, or 16th if both teams advance. 

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FEATURE: NHL's Unique 2020 Draft Lottery Explained

Everything you need to know about the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery and the status of the Vancouver and Arizona first-round picks owned by the Devils

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Draft Lottery for the 2020 NHL Draft will be held on Friday, June 26, ironically the day the actual NHL Draft was supposed to be held in Montreal. You can tune in to watch our NHL Draft Lottery Show on njd.TV and Devils social media Friday at 8 PM ET.

Video: 3-ON-3 | Lottery Odds

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding a paused NHL season that is now getting ready to return to play, the Draft Lottery could potentially be conducted in two phases. Here's what we know about it: 

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BLOG: Hughes Shifts From Wing Back to Center

Jack Hughes was on a line at practice on Wednesday between Janne Kuokkanen and Mike McLeod

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

After 11 games playing on the wing, Jack Hughes found himself at practice back in a familiar position in the middle between Janne Kuokkanen and Mike McLeod. 

"It was always the plan to get Jack at some point back to center. At day one when we moved him to the wing we wanted to give him a different look and different concepts and habits," noted Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine. "Playing more of a direct game. Jack has a lot of skills and can create a lot in open ice but playing the wing, learning how to play on the wall and coming into the D zone, stopping and eliminate the swooping and circling. He did a good job."

In those 11 games, which started on February 18, Hughes only had one assist with 16 shots on goal but the team overall did enjoy a lot of success with a 6-3-2 record. The Devils coach said that he hopes that Hughes was able to learn a more north-south style of game playing wing which will help translate to his game as a centerman. 

"If you look, last year and the last few years for him whoever he played with they had to keep the puck all the time. Sometimes when you swoop and circle you take yourself out of the play and you're not in support of the puck."

Video: RAW | Jack Hughes

Nasreddine is hoping that Jack can develop some chemistry with Kuokkanne and McLeod. 

"Sometimes you put three young guys together and it's easier. They don't think, they just come out and play," Nasreddine added. 

Hughes said that he enjoyed his time on the wing and for him it doesn't matter where he plays. 

"It's up to Nas," he said. "If he wants to play me at wing, I'll play wing. If he wants to play me at center, I'll play center. Wherever my name is on the board, that's where I'll play."

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