Possible Options For New Jersey Devils At Fourth Overall In NHL Draft

New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery just came to a close and the New Jersey Devils sealed the fourth spot in the draft. This is the first time in the past few draft lotteries that the Devils did not move up or down from their projected position.

In 2017 and 2019, the Devils moved actually won the lottery and got the chance to choose first overall. In last year’s lottery, the Devils dropped from sixth to seventh. Despite not winning the draft lottery this year, the Devils are in a great position to draft an amazing player that fits their needs.

Unlike some of the drafts from previous years, there is a clear consensus of where the top prospects are ranked. The only consensus is Owen Power being considered the first-overall pick, but even that isn’t a guarantee with Buffalo winning the lottery. Despite this, anything can happen since scouts do not have a lot of information on these prospects due to the pandemic. Anyone can go anywhere in this draft.

This makes it that much harder to determine which player will be projected to be picked by each team. So, let’s take a look at several players that might be available in a tier format. There will be three tiers. the first tier will be players that are the highest priority for the Devils to choose once July 23rd (the day of the NHL Draft) comes along. The second tier will consist of players that Devils should consider picking if the players in tier 1 players are not available. The third and final tier will consist of players that the Devils should not draft.