July 10, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by New Jersey Devils in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2015 NHL Draft
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the New Jersey Devils in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Pavel Zacha (ISS Ranked #10 in 2015, Overall drafted #6 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Despite a disappointing year with the Sarnia Sting there is no one doubting what Zacha has showed the potential to do on the puck. He is a big bodied forward with a lethal shot and the ability to score in bunches. His strong, power forward game will have him playing professional hockey in no time. A dominant 2015-2016 year in Sarnia will do wonders for his development and reaching that next level.
Adam Larsson (ISS Ranked #2 in 2011, Overall drafted #4 in 2011 NHL Draft) – It is incredibly hard for an 18 year old to step into the NHL and even more of difficult as a defenseman. Larsson has shown slow development since his rookie season and in hindsight could have benefitted greatly from going back to Sweden. He is still a young defender who shows flashes of brilliance on both ends while maintaining high composure and pose. He will carry a massive workload for the foreseeable future in New Jersey.
Jon Merrill (ISS Ranked #11 in 2010, Overall drafted #38 in 2010 NHL Draft) – The former University of Michigan and U20 USA defenseman excelled in development after his years with the NTDP as the Devils were patient in developing his 200ft game. Merrll has progressed well over the past three years as he brings exceptional puck moving ability and offensive instincts. The Devils have a talented young group of defenders coming through the system and Jon is one of those who are looking to make his impact.
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Damon Severson (ISS Ranked #50 in 2012, Overall drafted #60 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Severson has thrived exceptionally well with two extra years of development after being drafted in 2012 with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. Brings an all-around demeanor with great upside on the puck whether it’s distributing off the rush or letting go his heavy shot from the point.
“Stockpiling talented young defenseman is an area that the Devils have excelled over the past few years at the draft and it is beginning to pay dividends as those prospects are now entering the AHL and NHL ranks. An area where New Jersey has lacked in terms of young prospects in the system has been that elite offensive threat upside forward which is where Zacha comes in to play. Building from the backend out is strategy for the Devils and they are now at the stage of bringing in talented young forwards who can compliment those talented defenders.”
-Dennis MacInnis, ISS Director of Scouting
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