Look for New Jersey to be active at the draft this summer, as the Devils have a plethora of picks. On top of the first-overall selection, they are slated to pick three times in the second round and twice in the third, which gives them maximum flexibility on Day 2. This is similar to the franchise’s 2017 draft, which saw the rebuilding squad make 11 picks (including first overall) after having nine selections the previous year.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Devils need a major upgrade in skill. Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall have made magic together, but the loss of Hall to a knee injury really exposed the team, which ranked near the bottom of the league in offense. New Jersey had just two 20-goal scorers in Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Goalie Cory Schneider, 33, is healthy...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.