Hockey Prospectus East Review
New Jersey Devils
First round: No pick
Rest of the picks: Santini was one of the biggest risers in my eyes in the second half with a simply fantastic U18 tournament in April. He is not a big points guy, but logged all the tough minutes for the USNTDP. He skates very well, is physical, makes a good first pass, and has very good defensive hockey sense. Kujawinski came into the year as a potential first rounder but faltered a bit. He is a great skater with good two-way ability but his offense and scoring chance creation were very inconsistent. Bell was considered a solid draft prospect two years ago as a defenseman prior to legal issues. Now, as a forward, he displayed fine speed, a big shot, and solid skill. His all-around game needs work.
Summary: With few picks, New Jersey added a very quality defense prospect in Santini, as well as a toolsy but risky player in Kujawinski. Bell also has intriguing upside. The talent they got for the picks they had was decent, but one wonders if they may have wanted to add more skill up front to a system that really needs it.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 03 July 2013 - 04:02 PM.
RIP Pat Burns -- RIP Alexander Vasyunov and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Winner of the 2008 Sergei Brylin Award for Most Underrated Poster
Co-Winner of the 2011 Scott Bertoli Award for Best Minor League Poster, Winner of the 2012 Scott Bertoli Award