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Devils Draft a Home Run

The Devils absolutely didn't expect the 2010 draft to really end up as any sort of significance for the future of the franchise.  A terrible thing to think about what is supposed to be the building blocks of teams, but after dealing it's top 20 pick for Brooks Laich the team only had a couple 2nd rounders and a sixth and 7th rounder. Nothing to get excited about at all, especially in a draft that could see a guy picked in the 2nd end up in the 4th in the NHL.

The Devils decided to go with one big winger, Charlie Coyle, with their first 2nd round pick and a small offensive minded center, Joey Hishon, with their other 2nd round pick.  With the later picks, the team had informed the league to simply take the best prospect available based on the CSB rankings which turned out to be Philip Lane with the 6th and Joe Faust with the 7th round pick.

Needless to say, at this point in time - only a week after the NHL draft - the Devils look like they hit an absolute home run at the draft.  Instead of the mindset that the draft was going to get the team 4 prospects - of which the team might sign one - has turned into the team getting 2 first round talents (Hishon and Coyle) as well as a 2nd round talent (Lane) and 4th round talent (Faust).

While it could very well to prove out that all 4 of the players bust and never play a game for the Devils - the fact that the team added such valuable assets for a couple 2nd rounders and late picks helps the team enormously, either in deciding that it makes other players available - or the guys drafted themselves available - to make the current team better.  With Laich coming in the forwards are basically set though with the possible exception of Bozak who has nowhere to play on the team unless he gets winger status.  The D also has too many guys ready to play but no real studs, but that likely won't be something forward prospects would be used to get.

Either way, instead of penciling in a couple longshot prospects in the 2nd round the team is really excited to have 2 new first round value prospects. Post draft it looks like both prospects are still projects, but the team would love if Hishon could end up being another Bozak and if Coyle could end up using his size like a Laich. With the draft adding hope, why not get a little unrealistic with it ...