5 Prospects New Jersey Devils Can Take With New York Islanders Pick

Jack Hughes - NHL Draft (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Stanislav Svozil #5 of the Czech Republic (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Stanislav Svozil

Obviously, most Devils fans will want defensive help in this year’s draft. The expectation is that the team should end up with one of Owen Power, Brandt Clarke, Luke Hughes, or Simon Edvinsson. However, some mock drafts have them taking Kent Johnson, which honestly wouldn’t be that bad. If they do, there are some interesting defensemen later in the round. Stanislav Svozil is the most interesting among them.

He’s a player who has been on the radar for a long time. He’s been competing in international tournaments since a young age, and many scouts have been circling around him. So, where does he rank? Svozil has been ranked anywhere between the teens to the final pick in the 1st round.

His offensive upside is a little weary, but he’s great in the transition game. The Devils still have trouble getting the puck out of their own zone at times, so adding someone who can do that for them is crucial.

Svozil would be a nice compliment to the current young Devils defensemen. They already have Damon Severson, Ty Smith, and possibly Will Butcher on the roster moving forward, and they have some other offensive defensemen among the prospect ranks. Svozil would start as a compliment to them while his offensive game develops. He’s a prospect many are split on, so he could fall to wherever the Devils end up picking.