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New Jersey Devils Draft Debacles

May 19th, 2017 at 9:44 AM
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When the New Jersey Devils began their rise to prominence, their first round draft choices were mostly┬ácan’t-miss. General manager Lou Lamoriello selected the likes of Bill Guerin, Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rolston, Jason Smith, Denis Pederson, Petr Sykora and Scott Gomez.

Yet, not all of their picks were beauties. Until recent vintage, their AHL farm clubs were a prime example of poor drafting, which eventually came to roost at the NHL level. With John Quenneville, Pavel Zacha, Michael McLeod and the No 1. overall selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Ray Shero hopes to alter the Devils’ drafting habits.

Michael McLeod

Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads. (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Below, we take a look at some decisions the Devils will not want to repeat.

Draft Pick Forfeit Debacle

After the 2010 Ilya Kovalchuk mega-contract, the NHL slapped the organization on the wrist with fines and losses of draft picks. The Devils …

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Tags: Devils History, Ilya Kovalchuk, John Quenneville, New Jersey Devils, NHL Entry Draft, Pavel Zacha, Stefan Matteau, Top Story

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