5 NCAA Free Agents New Jersey Devils Should Target Now

The New Jersey Devils need to improve their roster by any means necessary. This includes taking a chance on late bloomers who were passed over in their draft years and signing undrafted free agents to fill out their depth.

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Collin Graf - RW - Quinnipiac, NCAA

Collin Graf is the prized possession of this year's undrafted free-agent class. The 21-year-old was the leading scorer by a large margin on a Quinnipiac team that won the National Championship last year. In 2022-23, he registered 21 goals and 38 assists and was third in points in the NCAA. Graf has followed it up with another tremendous season, scoring 22 goals and 26 assists through 31 games so far. There was reported interest last season before he decided to go back to school, and it'll be curious if Fitzgerald joins the queue for his signature at the end of the year.

The Devils farm system lacks depth after a lot of prospects turned pro over the last few years. Graf would give the Devils another higher-end wing prospect to go along with Arseni Gritsyuk and Lenni Hameenaho.

"He has a ton of offensive talent and has the potential to score in the NHL. He is a very skilled puckhandler who skates well and can create on the move like a pro. He sees the ice well, can run a power play with quick decisions, and has a good shot as well. His game can lack physicality at times and stick too much to the perimeter, which is my only concern about him, but I wouldn’t call him soft or a low-compete type."

Corey Pronman (The Athletic)