I know many of you have complained about the future of the organization in terms of the prospects. I'm here today to tell you that the future is brighter than many of you think. There is little doubt that the offensive prospects are rather unimpressive outside of matteau, boucher, pietilla, and ben jonhson. While this may be the case, there are already several promising young forwards on the NHL roster and Lou will surely replenish the offensive side of the prospects with the 9th and 39th overall picks in this years draft.
A future forward corps of Kovy, Zajac, Henrique, Lokti, Boucher, Matteau, (Monahan, Shinkaruk, or Linholm), Josefsen, and Pietilla can be very effective and if most things work out, dominant. IMO that is a top 9 that does a little bit of everything and one that you can win a Cup with.
The current strength of the Devils organization is the young, talented defensemen. All of the top defense prospects possess great size, almost all are above 6 3, and have some type of offensive upside. The leader has to be Adam Larsson who already has over 100 NHL games under his belt at the age of 20. I look for him to take an increased role (yes that means more offense) this year. Jon Merrill is a big dman (6 3 over 210 pounds) with good agility, hockey IQ, and the ability the run a PP while being steady on defense. Eric Gelinas is a big dman (6 4 over 200 pounds) who possess great offensive instincts (he led the AHL in goals with 16 2 years ago), he has very good speed, and has the long reach and size to be effective on defense. The last of the current big 4 Alexander Urbom is in fact the biggest at 6 5. Urbom has waited to crack the Devils lineup for a couple years. He eventually will provide the Devils with a steady, physical presence that can contribute some offensively especially for a 4th dman. Add Damon Severson, Mark Fayne, and Reece Scarlet to the mix and the Devils should be more than okay in the future.
Lastly the Devils obviously have to replace the greatest goalie of all time and also possible NHL cover boy Martin Brodeur. In the pipes they have Keith Kinkaid who had a solid season in Albany and who many feel will be the era-parent to Brodeur, Scott Wedgewood the former 3rd round pick. One of Kinkaid and Wedgewood should step into a starters role and be good enough to win a lot of games considering the team they will have in front of them.
With all of this in mind the tremendous depth that the Devils will have throughout the organization after this year's draft will enable them to be successful and maintain the excellent play that has become synonymous with wearing the Devils uniform.