New Jersey Devils Select First in 2019 Entry Draft, GM Shero Signs Extension

The consensus among most hockey analysts seems to be that forward Jack Hughes will be selected first-overall at this year’s NHL entry draft. Hughes spent 2018-19 with the U.S. National Team Development Program where he finished as the all-time leader in assists (139) and points (202). Hughes also has skating experience with Devils’ forward Taylor Hall.

The rest of the top-15 picks will select as follows:

1. New Jersey Devils

2. New York Rangers

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Colorado avalanche (from Ottawa)

5. Los Angeles Kings

6. Detroit Red Wings

7. Buffalo Sabres

8. Edmonton Oilers

9. Anaheim Ducks

10. Vancouver Canucks

11. Philadelphia Flyers

12. Minnesota Wild

13. Florida Panthers

14. Arizona Coyotes

15. Montreal Canadiens

The Devils failed to make the playoffs this season but that’s not for lack of Shero’s trying. Since joining the club, Shero has made several changes – his most notable move being the acquisition of aforementioned superstar Taylor Hall to the team from the Edmonton Oilers. Unfortunately for the Devils, Hall missed most of the second half of the season due to injury.

Shero also re-signed head coach John Hynes to a multi-year extension earlier in the season. Hynes is 141-146-41 during his time as coach.

The New Jersey Devils had the first-overall pick in 2017 where GM Ray Shero drafted forward Nico Hischier.

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