New Jersey Devils Prospect Pool Coming To Fruition

Reilly Walsh #8 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Shakir Mukhamadullin #17 of Russia. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Shakir Mukhamadullin – Round 1, 20th Overall

The Ufa, Russia native is under contract with the Devils. They loaned him to KHL club Salavat Yulaev. Shakir Mukhamadullin (Moo HA ma Do Lin) has been gaining more muscle mass since his draft year when he was with Toplar Ufa (MHL) club. Mukhamadullin’s game offensively is his heavy 100 MPH slap shot that has been hard for teams in the KHL to defend.

He has been a presence on Salavat’s power play, using that rocket of a shot on net to help his team’s chances of scoring. Recently, Mukhamadullin set a personal best in goals of five and 13 assists in 36 games.

Mukhamadullin stands at 6’4” and 190 lbs., with room for improvement when he beefs up to 210 lbs. He has a long reach to prevent breakout plays on defensive transitions and has improved from 0 +/- from last year to +11 in the 2022-23 season of play.

Projection: Begins on the 3rd line but is used on the 2nd power play in his first few seasons, and jumps in a few seasons later 2nd to 1st line becoming a rock solid 2-way defenseman breaking up plays and becomes a 1st line power play threat on the one timer.

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Ethan Edwards – Round 4, 120th Overall

Edwards is a hyperactive skater on defense and is a big variable as a puck carrier on breakout plays up the ice with the puck. Without the puck, he can shut down breakout plays as a defender and smother pucks directly at the source. He’s a 5’10” 176 lbs defender in the middle of his sophomore year and isn’t signed by New Jersey. However, his progress as a multipurpose defender.

Projection: Edwards becomes an NHL regular becoming a very fluid and direct defender, and becomes a magician with the puck. potential 2nd line defenseman and 1st line in 4 years.