The New Jersey Devils completed an exciting and unexpected run when they earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.
While they did not finish the job against the Los Angeles Kings, their unexpected jaunt through the Eastern Conference was highlighted by speedy and opportunistic play by their forwards and consistent goaltending from Martin Brodeur, arguably the best goaltender in NHL history.
Despite the solid effort during the postseason, the Devils don’t have much young talent among their forwards in the minor league system and must address this through the draft. Additionally, Brodeur does not have much time left in his career.
He may return for the 2012-13 season, but it doesn’t seem likely that he would return after that. The Devils must look at their goalie needs in the draft.
The Devils have seven picks in this year’s draft, with one pick in each of the first four rounds, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth. The Devils have to give up a first-round pick in 2013 or 2014 as a result of the Ilya Kovalchuk signing in which the NHL determined that the team attempted to circumvent the cap.
They could have given up the pick this year, but general manager Lou Lamoriello chose to hold on to it and used it to take left wing Stefan Matteau.
What follows is a look at Matteau and New Jersey's other draft picks.