The New Jersey Devils had some good moments in the 2019 Prospects Challenge and five players stood out in particular for them.
The New Jersey Devils participated in the 2019 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, New York. They along with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins played in the round-robin and all four teams saw stretches of good hockey and some not so good hockey. The Devils are a loaded system at the top of their farm and there are some guys who are ready to take the next step.
The team had a big offseason after winning the Draft Lottery. They made the number one overall pick, traded for P.K. Subban a day later, signed Wayne Simmonds in free agency, and traded for KHL superstar Nikita Gusev. After all of that, the eyes turned to the farm for this prospects challenge and it didn’t disappoint. The Devils roster was loaded with players that should be familiar to Devils fans as a handful of them have made their NHL debuts already.
With guys like Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri and the previously mentioned additions in place, it is good to have a group of young players to believe can join them in the not so distant future. There were some good performances by individuals in this prospect challenge in Buffalo, and five guys stood out above the rest.
These five guys are all at different points in their development, but they did a good job of showing themselves off in this tournament. There isn’t a real guess on when they will all be in the NHL or even if they ever will be a member of the New Jersey Devils big team, but they made some noise for themselves over the weekend.