The New Jersey Devils rely on their farm system as much as any team in the NHL. General manager Lou Lamoriello has gotten comfortable with letting star players walk in free agency. He has the confidence that guys like Zach Parise can be replaced in house.
The current prospect pool is well, mixed. The organization is thin at forward but has several monster defensemen down the pipeline.
The end of the Martin Brodeur era is looming. Is there a successor waiting in the wings?
A few guidelines: Stefan Matteau isn't included. Despite being a healthy scratch a lot of the time he has been with the big league club his entire, albeit extremely brief, NHL career. If a player has gotten a significant look with New Jersey, then he is out too. Guys like Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson fall in to this category.
Here are 10 names to look for in the coming years.