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Devils Draft a Little of Each

The NJ Devils used their picks in this years draft to get mixed bag of players, ending up with a pair of goalies, two defensemen and a forward.

2nd Round, 38th Overall
The Devils had no first round picks as they gave their first round pick to Atlanta in the trade that brought Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey.  Their first pick came in the second round, where they selected defenseman John Merrill.  A big player who is going to play in Michigan next year, he is a skilled puckhandler and plays smart.   Playing in college, he has a chance to develop his overall play and improve his focus.

3rd Round, 84th Overall
Next, the Devils selected goalie Scott Wedgewood in the third round.  Wedgewood is an untested goalie, playing the backup roll on OHL’s Plymouth team last season.  His value will be determined once he gets a chance to play more games and show his skills.

4th Round, 114th Overall
High school defenseman Joe Faust was the next pick for the Devils. Undetermined where he will head to college, his true NHL potential won’t be realized until he has a chance to develop.  However, with more points than penalty minutes, Faust is brimming with promise as a two-way defenseman.

6th Round, 174th Overall
The Devils used their fourth pick to select another goalie, Maxime Clermont. Clermont posted a record of 62-58with Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  Already showing his has good skill between the pipes, another year in the QMJHL should help improve his ability to keep track of the puck in traffic.

7th Round, 204th Overall
The only forward the Devils drafted this year,  Mauro Jorg comes from the Swiss League.  He is known as a passer rather than scorer.  Even if he has the potential to be a great passer, more work needs to be done on shooting before he can become a force in the NHL.

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