B+ / 9th overall
Since Ray Shero took over as New Jersey Devils GM in 2015, his main focus involved adding picks to the organization, and since 2016 New Jersey has picked 26 players to replenish a system that did not produce much NHL talent early in the decade. (New Jersey had just 34 picks in the six drafts from 2010 to 2015 – eight fewer than the 42 they started with.) Those deeper draft classes haven’t paid off at the NHL level yet outside of 2017 No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier. The Devils still have 21 picks in the next three drafts and will aim to keep adding assets while some of the players below help the team climb back into contention.
1. Ty Smith (20th overall)
D, 18, 5-11, 177 – Spokane (WHL)
2018 draft, 17th overall
Smith showed enough to make a serio...
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