Stuck with the 30th overall pick in the NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils are not going to get a top prospect like Sam Reinhart or Aaron Ekblad. However, they could potentially draft son of Devils great, Claude Lemieux.
Claude played for the Devils from 1990-1995 and 1999-2000, he won two Stanley Cups with the Devils, and had three 30+ goal seasons. Not a bad career for one of the best agitators in the NHL.
Here is a video on Claude Lemieux being one of the biggest agitators of all time. Start at 7:40:
Brendan Lemieux, son of Claude, is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft and finished ranked 28th overall. In his 2013-14 season with Barrie of the OHL, Lemieux finished tied for third on the team with 53 points (27g, 26a) and led the team with 145 penalty minutes.
Brendan prides himself in playing a similar style of game as his dad. Listed at 6-foot, 206-pounds, Brendan is a big bodied player who loves to throw some hits and agitate the other team.
Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr, gave the following scouting report on NHL.com:
“Brendan is a guy you can put in front of the net because he can agitate and be a pest; I think that’s in his DNA. He has the same skating stride as his father. He’s also got a great one-timer and can finish. He’s one of these guys who has an equal number of goals and assists, and he brings an important ingredient to a hockey team.”
Two of three of NHL.com’s Draft analysts, Adam Kimelman and Steven Hoffner have projected the Devils drafting Lemieux with the 30th overall pick. Here are the mock drafts.