This isn't how NHL drafts work. Sure, the best players are usually the guys picked right at the top, a pick which the Devils don't have. But certainly there's plenty of years where the 4th or 5th best guy is taken after the 1st round, even. And projections only mean so much. Point is, if the Devils feel like there isn't much difference between a guy taken at 9 and a guy taken at 15, they should be trading down. They don't have a 1st round pick next year and they're missing a fair number of lower picks in the next 3 years.
I actually agree with this. I'm not sure there's much separation this year. Now obviously if a guy like a Lindholm or Monahan falls to 9 that might change the calculus. But if the Devils don't feel all that strongly about a guy at 9 and think there's a pool of 7 or 8 guys and a few will be available in the mid teens, I don't see a problem with picking up another late 1st or high 2nd or tacking on a high draft pick next year for the reasons mentioned above.
Personally, there's some intriguing guys in the 9 slot through to the mid and even late teens, especially at forward and I'm not sure one guy is exceptionally heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of projection (Shinkaruk, Lazar, Domi, Horvat, Erne, Zykov, Wennberg, Gauthier).
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