Devils New Draftees Shine in Rookie Camp
This past week was the New Jersey Devils’ rookie camp which gave the players who were just drafted a chance to practice, skate and play with other players who have been in the Devils organization for a few years. In the two scrimmages played on days three and five, it was the newest members of the Devils who showed what they were all about.
On day three, the Devils first round pick (30th overall), the man with the famous last name, John Quenneville, scored just 24 seconds into the first competitive scrimmage of training camp.
Quenneville, being quoted on the Devils website press release of the scrimmage said, “I haven’t played at that pace since I played at the Under-18 in Finland; it was nice to crank it up a little bit. It got pretty physical out there, so it was nice to take and give a few hits, too.”
Speaking of physicality, the Devils’ second round pick (42nd overall) Steven Santini was throwing his body around in the game, getting two big hits and showing that he has the physical force a 6’2”, 207 pound defenseman should!
The game finished with a final score of 8-4, because when it was tied 2-2 after two periods, they went to a shootout. It should come as a positive to the Devils and their fans that eight shootout goals were scored, leading to the large final score. Hopefully, this means that the Devils will become a powerhouse in the shootout in the near future!
In the day five scrimmage, it was another new player’s chance to show off his skills. Joey Dudek, their sixth round pick (152nd overall), delivered three assists in a white 6-3 victory over the red team.
Dudek, who has committed to Boston College, said, “Just for anybody, it’s huge. There’s definitely a confidence level for me. I adapted to the game fairly quickly, I think. I played much better at the end of the camp here. Three assists felt really good and I’m looking to do many more good things next year.”
It is definitely a good site to see for the Devils that their draft picks are flourishing already in the roles they hoped they would when they were drafted. It will be exciting to follow these guys this season and see how much they improve for next year’s camp. It looks like the Devils will have a lot of exciting youth to infuse into the lineup in a few years time.