Earlier in the week, I wrote a piece on the potential for the New Jersey Devils to add Brendan Lemieux, the son of former star winger Claude Lemieux , to their organization in the 2014 NHL Draft. It turns out that the Devils passed on drafting him, and in the 2nd round the Buffalo Sabres selected Brendan to add to an already impressive 1st round selection of Sam Rhinehart.
Rhinehart, was considered by many to be potentially the best player available in this draft with outstanding hockey intelligence demonstrated by having 62 points in 67 games in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
The addition of Brendan Lemieux provides the Sabres with a winger to develop in the future to go along with Rhinehart at the center position, that is shaping up to be quite a future top line.
On a personal level, I was a huge fan of Claude Lemieux when he played for the Devils on two Stanley Cup winning teams. He was my favorite player for years because of his grittiness, intensity, and hustle. I was excited at the potential for his son to wear a Devils sweater and compete at The Rock, but in the end, the Devils chose another direction.
My friends over at Sabre Noise have to be happy with their draft so far, they have two very good potential prospects to build toward the future.
Please continue to check back with Pucks & Pitchforks for continued coverage of the 2014 NHL Draft.
(Statistics and some background courtesy of NHL.com)