With the New Jersey Devils 2nd round pick Nathan Bastian from the Mississauga Steelheads. The right-wing from Kitchener, Ontario put up 19 goals and 59 points in 64 Games Played during the season. With the help of the line chemistry from his fellow teammate also a Devils draft pick in Michael McLeod. Nathan yielded 30 more points after the 2014-2015 season.
In the OHL playoffs Nathan Bastian had 4 assists in 5 games played for the Steelheads. One of the things that he models his game after Jeff Carter, and he models his shot after Ryan Getzlaf from what he wants it to be.
When I usually think of Jeff Carter I usually remember a tall LA Kings forward with speed, smarts, confidence, and a great athletic game that can bring down defenses that hugs the side boards barreling around defenses.
To really come to a conclusion I feel Bastian a Jeff Carter type player will compliment Michael McLeod who is a Ryan Kesler styled player that can manufacture a lot of points for a future Devils roster to add Top 6 forward lines when these kids are ready for the NHL in New Jersey.
With the Devils selection at 73rd overall, Joey Anderson the right-wing from the US National Development team had 20 points and 25 games played with 10 goals and 10 assists. He will be going to college in the fall to University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The type of player Anderson is a hard-working winger who lives down near the net and he’s not a real breakaway speed type of guy but he is certainly a guy that will develop into being a possible second line 3rd line winger. I have a lot of faith with UMD’s hockey program in growing Joey to be someone Devils fans will like now that he is part of a high-end college hockey program.
With the 80th overall selection Brandon Gignac of Shawinigan in the QMJHL was chosen. The super speedy, and very nifty winger whom has the possible Top 6 line scoring touch that Devils fans have been craving for a long time. He’s also a playmaker that has quick mitts, and Gignac has the relentless spirit with that type of energy that will make fans want to see more of him on offense.
By the time fall comes keep a close watch for these draft picks. Over time when you monitor these picks you know when these kids hit their stride in junior or college you know they will get closer, and closer to being on a Entry Level Contract down the road if it is the case.