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2014 Rookie Camp

08 July 2014 - 03:49 AM

vadvlfan brought up the upcoming Rookie Camp (July 13-18) in the 2014 draft thread so I figured we might as well get this thread started. Apparently the entire 2014 draft class is expected to attend as are the CHL players. Always tough to tell if the NCAA prospects will get a chance so we'll have to wait and see.


Probably won't know the full roster till the 13th but a few names have trickled in for the undrafted invitees:

F Matt Lorito (Brown) (Source)

LW/C Ross Mauermann (Providence) (Source)

D Tyler Wood (Brown) (Source)

C/RW Ryan Rosenthal (Coquitlam – Northeastern recruit) (Source)

LW Nick Saracino (Providence) (Source)

C/RW Jayden Hart (Prince Albert) (Source)

RW Eric Faille (University of Moncton) (Source) (hat tip to caron14 for pointing this out)

C Matt Needham (Kamloops) (Source)


I'll write up more on these guys when it's not close to 5 AM.


Last year the Devils invited G Jake Hildebrand (Michigan State) whose had a solid NCAA career and G Brandon Hope (Owen Sound). Hildebrand was invited to the Penguins camp July 15-21 but it seems like he’s on campus this summer and won’t attend any NHL prospect camp. He's a potential UDFA to keep an eye out for next spring. Still I imagine they'll find another goalie or two to invite.


I also wonder if they'll invite guys like C Brady Vail (Windsor) or C Austin Czarnik (Miami).


D Nolan Zajac (Denver) will be at the Jets camp July 7-11 so I doubt to see him in the Devils camp.

Devils 2014 6th Round Pick - C Brandon Baddock

28 June 2014 - 12:02 PM

Overager listed at 6'4, 205 lbs by Elite Prospects. Had just 17 points in 56 games in the WHL last year. Just a 0.24 Pts/GP player for his WHL career. Not ranked anywhere. I honestly don't even know what to say at this point. Would've rather taken an overager like Brady Vail who re-entered the draft.


Here's his fight card.

Devils 2014 6th Round Pick - C Joey Dudek

28 June 2014 - 11:54 AM

Listed by Elite Prospects at 5'11, 179 lbs, just spent his age 18 year playing HS hockey where he had 44 points in 25 games. Committed to Boston College but could spend a year with Dubuque (USHL) or go to Quebec whom hold his QMJHL rights.


Rankings: Central Scouting 109 (NA Skaters), Future Considerations 92, Hockey Prospect + Pronman + Button (not ranked)


Snippet from Future Considerations:


Dudek is a great skater with a superb hockey IQ and a knack for playmaking. Good acceleration and top speed with good balance and jump in his step. He has a solid frame and strength that he uses effectively along the boards. He attacks the puck with energy and plays bigger than he is. His biggest weakness is his lack of physicality. He doesn’t appear to like when the game takes a physical turn, and therefore plays primarily on the perimeter. That said, he does win a fair amount of puck battles in open ice throughout the neutral zone. He possesses soft hands and it shows when he works the cycle. He won’t drive toward the net very often, but he is very good at setting up the cycle and creating quick plays. Good vision and smart thinker. Makes quick, easy plays; nothing overly fancy, but it works when he’s winning battles along the boards. Defensively, he has a decent presence down the middle as the line’s center, but like most high school prospects, he did not command defensive presence.


In Lou We Trust's post. TG's post.

Devils 2014 5th Round Pick - D Ryan Rehill

28 June 2014 - 11:29 AM

Rehill is listed at 6'3, 213 lbs by the WHL and here is his Elite Prospects page. Played on a horrible Kamloops team as an alternate captain. 4-16-20, -4, 182 PIM in 72 games in his age 18 season.


Rankings: Central Scouting 76 (NA Skaters), Hockey Prospect 135, FC (not in top 210), Pronman (not in top 100), Button (not in top 100)


Snippet from Hockey Prospect:


Ryan is a physical defender that plays a very simple game. Ryan has pro size and knows how to use it. Throughout the year he has been punishing his opposition with crushing hits and tenacious defensive play. He has a good stick and rarely seems to lose a one-on-one battle. Ryan makes a good first pass, but can be overly keen to use the glass instead of making finding an outlet. Ryan is a decent skater who has shown good foot work, his skating has allowed him to rush the puck and jump into the play. That being said, he could use some help with his first few strides along with his skating in transition. He’s a tough kid who is not afraid to drop the gloves or come to the aid of his teammates. At times, his aggressive play can lead to penalties and he will need to learn when to engage the play or when to let the play develop.

In Lou We Trust's post. TG's post.

Devils 2014 3rd Round Pick - RW Connor Chatham

28 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

Chatham listed by Elite Prospects at 6'3, 225 lbs, just completed his OHL rookie year as an 18 year old with 13-18-31, -17, 51 PIM in 54 games. Came out of the USNTDP program and USHL prior to that. Had a strong 81.5% EV Point Share though that seems a bit inflated, only had 7 PP Pts but had 23 EV Pts.


Rankings: Central Scouting 46 (NA Skaters), Pronman (not in top 100), Hockey Prospect 77, Future Considerations 83, Button 89


Snippet from Hockey Prospect:


He moves relatively well for a big man but would benefit from improving his stride in order to maximize his output. He is reliable in the defensive zone along the wall and succeeds by using his size to shield opponents from the puck and work it out into the neutral zone. He does need to improve at picking up a man when defensive systems break down as he sometimes gets caught in no man’s land which results in puck watching and scoring chances against.

Chatham lacks much vision in the offensive zone and generally looks to drive the net with his head down instead of looking to make a play. He was able to score a few goals in the playoffs but benefitted by facing a weaker defensive pairing than some of his more skilled teammates. He also has a tendency to hold onto the puck too long which causes missed opportunities to move the puck up ice to linemates in better offensive positions.


Snippet from Future Considerations:


Chatham is an above average skater with solid jump off his first step. He can change speeds as he skates up ice and is smooth in transition. He uses his grit, hands and vision to be successful. He handles the puck very well, and can get creative with his passes, knowing exactly where his teammates are going to be without even taking a look. He is a smart player who possesses a lively hockey sense. He sees the ice very well, and sees lanes open through traffic and takes advantage of them. Chatham is aggressive on the forecheck and attacks defenders on the point with no let up, forcing them to make mistakes. While he is a little slow on the backcheck, he knows where to be defensively and picks up his man well. Chatham has a quick release with a distinguished release point, and has the ability to slow the game down with the puck on his stick. He looks for options with the puck and is a physical force who delivers big open ice hits. He doesn't always engage along the wall and waits for the play to come to him more often than not.


Chere's article. TG's post. In Lou We Trust's post.

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