The New Jersey Devils are in need of a retooling, if not at least a partial rebuild, after missing out on the Stanley Cup playoff picture for the second time in the last three years.
They’ve always had a penchant for college skaters—small surprise there since longtime President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello is a former Providence College player, coach and administrator.
The current Devils' roster is dotted with NCAA alumni like Ryan Carter (Minnesota State), Mark Fayne (Providence), Stephen Gionta (Boston College), Andy Greene (Miami-Ohio), Peter Harrold (Boston College) and Travis Zajac (North Dakota).
There may be some college-trained players down on the farm in Albany (AHL) and Kalamazoo (ECHL)—and even still in the NCAA—who could possibly make a jump to the NHL and the Devils in the near future, although nothing is guaranteed.
None of them will likely be the second coming of Scott Stevens on defense or Zach Parise up front, but one or more of them might be able to fill a niche in Newark in the next few years.
Here’s a look at some of the possibilities and what they’ve been up to.