Some made a profound impact in New Jersey. Conversely, others flourished outside the Garden State. No matter where they prospered in the NHL, these players were all drafted by the New Jersey Devils. This list includes two goaltenders, six defencemen and 12 forwards.
For part four, we shift on over to center.
- Brian Rolston (1991, First Round, Pick 11 Overall) – A great all-around player with a howitzer of a shot, Rolston was a member of the Devils’ 1995 Stanley Cup championship team. An All-Star who posted 30-goals on four occasions, Rolston twice led the NHL in shorthanded tallies. In 1,256 contests, Rolston registered 342 markers (along with 20 more in the playoffs), 419 helpers and 761 points in total. Between two stints with New Jersey, Rolston garnered 281 points in 557 games. Additionally, as a member of the AHL Albany River Rats, Rolston netted one of the prettiest breakaway goals I’ve ever seen live, against the Binghamton Rangers.
- Scott Gomez (1998, First Round, Pick 27 Overall) – Gomez burst onto the scene, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1999-00. Gomez also helped New Jersey to a pair of Stanley Cup titles as well. During his time in New Jersey, Gomez was a premiere setup man, once leading the league in dishing the biscuit. Gomez also has two All-Star appearances to his credit. In 987 NHL games, Gomez has 173 goals, 540 assists and 713 points. In the postseason, Gomez has 101 points in 149 contests. While with the Devils, Gomez posted 450 points in 548 games.
- Brendan Morrison (1993, Second Round, Pick 39 Overall) – For whatever reason, I can’t think Brendan Morrison without thinking John Madden too. The Michigan Wolverine Morrison, was more known for his exploits with the Vancouver Canucks, pairing up with Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi. An iron-man, playing in 934 games, Morrison netted 200 goals, notched 401 assists, goo enough for 601 points. With the Devils, Morrison tallied 81 points in 131 games.
- Sergei Brylin (1992, Second Round, Pick 42 Overall) – Impress your hockey pals with this trivia, Sergei Brylin is one of five Devils’ to win three Stanley Cup titles with the franchise. Brylin was a gamer, clutch and played every role asked of him with the Devils. For a six-season stretch, Brylin tallied double digits in goals. During his Devils’ career, Brylin scored 129 goals with 179 assists and 308 points in 765 games.
Honorable Mentions: Jim Dowd, Adam Henrique, Travis Zajac, Stephane Yelle.