In the dying end of the seventh round, the New Jersey Devils made a trade with the Los Angeles Kings to acquire the 208th overall pick. The Devils got Martin Brodeur to the microphone to do something I would imagine most parents can only dream of doing: announcing their child for their organization. The Devils used their seventh round pick on goaltender Anthony Brodeur, Martin's son. As far as stories go, it's pretty cool. As far as a prospect goes, well, Anthony Brodeur wasn't ranked by Central Scouting Services. Here are his numbers at Elite Prospects, which lists him at 5'11" and 180 lbs.
To be fair, CSS rankings for goalies are meaningless to a team's draft board. Anthony Brodeur starred in net for Shattuck St. Mary's, the famous prep school of several NHL players. After three seasons, he decided to go down the major junior track. He'll suit up for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL next season. According to Elite Prospects, he's not particularly There, he'll get the opportunity to hone his game at the next level. He'll have plenty of time so the fact he's the fourth goalie prospect in the system isn't a hindrance. In fact, he's the only one who isn't a professional player so the Devils definitely can wait on him.
Will he be anybody in the future? Who really knows. Again, he wasn't so superlative with Shattuck St. Mary's that he got attention from the various services as someone to look out for. I can't say I'm thrilled that the basis for this pick is that he's Marty's son. Given that goaltending development doesn't exactly follow a set convention, by nature this is a long shot pick. Then again, pretty much any fourth-to-last pick in the NHL Draft is going to be a long shot. And the cost for the Devils to move to the seventh was a seventh round pick in 2015. It's hard to get upset about a seventh rounder to be frank about it. And it is a sentimental moment. It may be a gesture, but it's a positive one nonetheless. All I can do is shrug at this at worst and now say that the Devils are truly done today.
Let me know what you think about the decision to move up to take goaltender Anthony Brodeur in the comments. Thanks for reading.