Over Friday evening and Saturday morning/afternoon came the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia (and fans booing anything not Flyer-related…what do you expect in Philly?). New Jersey had a total of 6 draft selections: 1st round, 30th; 2nd round, 41st; 3rd round, 71st; 5th round, 131st; and 6th round, 152nd and 161st. Time to meet the newest players in the Devils organization:
1st Round, #30 overall: John Quenneville, C, Brandon (WHL)
The second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, the 18-year-old just completed his second full season with the Wheat Kings, scoring 58 points in 61 games (25 G, 33 A) and a +3 rating, and a team leading 13 points in 9 playoff games. He also represented Canada in last year’s World Junior Championships, with one goal and one assist in 7 games.
2nd Round, #41 overall: Josh Jacobs, D, Indiana (USHL)
And here comes more defense! Jacobs just completed his second season with the Ice, finishing with 23 points in 56 games (5 G, 18 A) and a +36 rating. He is committed to Michigan State starting in 2015-16, but there is a chance he could end up in the OHL with Sarnia.
3rd Round, #71 overall: Connor Chatham, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
The 18-year-old Illinois native just completed his first season with the Whalers, scoring 31 points in 54 games (13 G, 18 A). He has the size (checking in at 6’3″ and 225 pounds), and is seen as a potential energy type forward.
5th Round, #131 overall: Ryan Rehill, D, Kamloops (WHL)
The classic stay-at-home defenseman type, from what I have read. Rehill, checking in at 6’3″ and 213 pounds, just finished his second season with the Blazers, with 20 points (4 G, 16 A) and 182 penalty minutes in 72 games.
6th Round, #152 overall: Joey Dudek, C, Kimball Union (NH)
Using the pick acquired from Florida in the Krys Barch/Scott Timmins deal, New Jersey chose Dudek, a prep school forward. He scored 44 points (9 G, 35 A) in 25 games, and is committed to Boston College starting in the 2015-16 season.
6th Round, #161 overall: Brandon Baddock, LW, Edmonton (WHL)
The final draft selection comes in the form of Baddock, a big forward (6’4″, 206) who just finished his second season with the Oil Kings. In 56 games he posted 17 points (6 G, 11 A) and amassed 128 penalty minutes, with an additional goal in 13 playoff games.
(Note: Clicking on each name will take you to the In Lou We Trust scouting report.)
Now for some free agency updates:
-Earlier today the Citizens Voice (out of Wilkes-Barre) posted the annual AHL free agency list, including its top 100 available players. You’ll have to scroll all the way down to #83 for the highest ranked Albany player, Rod Pelley, while Kelly Zajac checks in at #88.
The annual tracker is ready to go for noon on Tuesday, which will include any last minute updates concerning Monday’s RFA qualifying offer deadline.