New Jersey Devils NHL Draft Pick Evaluations

The New Jersey Devils had a busy NHL Draft weekend, adding picks through trades. Let's take a look at our evaluations for each pick.
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Portraits
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The Devils went from a big-bodied Finn to a big-bodied Swede in Herman Traff. Traff is similar to Pikkarainen in that they are both high-volume shooters, big, physical guys, but Traff does need to amend his skating stride a bit and work more on power skating. He has a really good one-timer and needs to get a bit more flee to foot while maintaining that heavy-hitting, power-forward, two-way player. He had two goals and three points in the playoffs for HV71 recently, so he has a lot of determination when games are on the line, and he was a .81 points per game player with 21 points in 26 games.

Center Max Graham is a two-plus draft-year forward who is strong in the faceoff circle. Graham is a late bloomer with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. He is a hard-hitting forward who can also take away time and space, closing in on shots on the net and taking the body with authority. Graham is a high-volume shooter, scoring 0.58 points per game. Last time around, the Devils went in the late rounds with a WHL'er. They selected Josh Filomon, who turned out to be a potential late-round steal on day 2 of the draft as a forward for the Devils. Max has potential to grow into a role with the Utica Comets due to the influx of moves at the NHL level.