5 New Jersey Devils Draft Picks Who Got Famous Somewhere Else

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Alexander Kerfoot #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images) /

Alex Kerfoot
2012 fifth-round pick, 150th overall

This one is much more recent than the previous two options. The Devils drafted Alexander Kerfoot in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. The Harvard University star was building his legacy, and rumors started to swirl that he had no interest in joining the Devils organization. An excuse that came back was he “didn’t like the center depth” in this organization.

Funny how that worked out, huh? Kerfoot could have played on a team with Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier if he were just a little more patient. Honestly, he never became the player he probably thought he was going to be.

Kerfoot signed with the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2017. Less than two years later, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the deal that sent Nazem Kadri to Colorado. Kerfoot played a bottom-six role with the Leafs but fell out of favor with the fanbase.

This past offseason, he signed a two-year deal with the “Arizona” Coyotes. It’s probably a smart deal for him, as he tries to show he can be a scorer in this league. His career high is 19 goals, but that was in his rookie season. He never did better than 13 goals with the Leafs despite their impressive center depth.