The New Jersey Devils already had a really nice prospect pool before the 2019 NHL Draft. Coming into this season, they have a downright lethal prospect pool.
The New Jersey Devils made 11 choices in the most recent NHL Draft. Of course, the class is led by Jack Hughes, one of the best prospects to join the Devils maybe ever. The American star will be on a prospects list once and once only. He’s special, and soon he’ll be considered an NHL star.
Earlier in the offseason, we ranked the top 25 prospects in the New Jersey Devils system. It was fun to see where the Devils prospects fell after the season. Now, after the draft, it is downright hard to rank these prospects. Of the 11 players the Devils just drafted, only seven made the list. That’s preposterous in other drafts. Just two years ago, basically everyone who Ray Shero drafted would move out players who were never going to be anything.
Now? Now the Devils have more than 25 really good prospects. This comes down to preference. There are really good players that are gone from the list completely. They could make it on the next version of this list, but there’s too many players with a ton of upside to bring everyone.
First, a couple quick rules:
1. They cannot be guaranteed a roster spot come October.
Jack Hughes is not guaranteed anything. Jesper Boqvist and Ty Smith aren’t guaranteed anything. Michael McLeod and Joey Anderson have no guarantees. They are all going to be on this list. Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Mirco Mueller will not be on this list because we know they are going to be NHL players and there is literally zero chance they aren’t.
2. They must be under the age of 24
Kevin Rooney isn’t on this list. If you saw our last list, you should know these rules already. Now, let’s get started.