6 of the Top Draft Picks in the History of the New Jersey Devils

Founded in 1974, the New Jersey Devils have built a record of success and have won three Stanley Cups. Over the years, the New Jersey Devils have picked up a number of talented players in the National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. Several of its picks outside of the first round have gone on to enjoy lengthy and successful careers. Here are six of its best value picks in the NHL Entry Draft.

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Patrik Elias

Elias scored seven points in 27 games with Kladno in the Czech Republic in his draft year and followed that up with 10 points in 35 games the following season. He split his first two seasons in North America with the Devils and its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Albany before finally securing a full-time roster spot with New Jersey in 1997–98. He played 78 games that season and recorded 37 points. Elias recorded a career-best 96 points in the 2000–01 season and accumulated at least 50 points 12 times in 18 full seasons with New Jersey. He retired following the 2015–16 season after spending his entire career with the Devils.

Paul Martin

Martin spent an additional five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and three with the San Jose Sharks. In 2018, he retired after accumulating 320 points over the course of 870 career regular season games.

Brian Gionta

Gionta joined the Devils in the 2001–02 season following a standout four-year career at Boston College, where he recorded 232 points in 164 games. He played seven seasons in New Jersey and registered a career-high 89 points during the 2005–06 season. He later played for the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, and the Boston Bruins.

Adam Henrique

Slava Fetisov

Mike Rupp

A hard-working winger from Cleveland, Ohio, Rupp was drafted by the Devils in the third round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and recorded eight points in his rookie season. He had two separate stints in New Jersey and also played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Minnesota Wild. He retired with 99 points in 609 career regular season games.

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