The New Jersey Devils were the lucky winners of the NHL Draft Lottery, and as such moved up from 8th spot to the 4th spot in the draft. If you haven’t already done so, check out my overview of the Devils needs from yesterday.
Picking for the Devils is Andrew, the Editor of Pucks and Pitchforks.
I’m going with Jonathan Huberdeau, (centre of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL)
Jared’s Analysis – With this pick New Jersey instantly completes the transformation of their identity from trapping defense to a more offensive, fast break team. While I might have gone for Doug Hamilton if I has been in the Devils front office, I can see what they are trying to do. In Huberdeau the Devils get a game breaker. He is an offensive dynamic playmaker who could be the man to play alongside Kovalchuck for the next 10 years.
Andrew from Pucks and Pitchforks explains his pick:
The Devils need the speed. They are transitioning from a slow defensive team to a fast and skilled team. Kovalchuk, Parise, Josefson, Tedenby, Greene, Elias, Zharkov and so on are very fast. Huberdeau would bring skill and lightning speed to the center position and would give Tedenby, Kovalchuk and other players a scoring boost… I would compare Huberdeau/Kovalchuk to Ovechkin/Backstrom.
Followers of the Devils should check out Pucks and Pitchforks for more on this selection and Devils news in general.
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
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Now on the clock for the #5 Selection, on behalf of the New York Islanders, is Eyes On Isles.
PREVIEWING THE ISLANDERS
2010-2011 Record: 30-39-13 (27th Overall)
Goals for: 15th
Goals Against: 27th
Power Play: 17th
Penalty Kill: 12th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Nino Niederreiter (LW), Travis Hamonic (D), Calvin DeHaan (D), Kirill Petrov (RW), Ty Wishart (D)
NEEDS: The New York Islanders are quietly amassing a boatload of young talent and developing a system that had been largely ignored during the Mike Milbury era. The place the Islanders need help is offensive depth, to take some of the pressure off the emerging John Tavares and Michael Grabner. Sean Couturier or Ryan Strome will give them depth down the middle, and will be stars within 3 years.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
2. Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
3. Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)
4. Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)
5. Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE ELITE)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE tomorrow evening to see who “Eyes on Isles” chooses to take for the NEW YORK ISLANDERS, as the Fansided mock draft continues!