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 two, we move out from the crease and onto the the blue line.
- Scott Niedermayer (1991, First Round, Pick 3 Overall) – There’s Bobby Orr and then there’s everyone else. Following that, when we’re talking about the smoothest skating defencemen, top players like Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer also come to mind. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Niedermayer won four Stanley Cup titles, three with New Jersey and one with Anaheim. Niedermayer earned a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Norris Trophy as well. Scott was also a five-time All-Star. During the Devils 2002-03 title run, Niedermayer paced the squad with 18 points. In his illustrious career, Niedermayer totaled 740 points.
- Sheldon Souray (1994, Fourth Round, Pick 71 Overall) – A blistering hard shot and guy who can mix it up. Souray is a three-time All-Star, one with the Canadiens and twice for the Edmonton Oilers. In his career, Souray has amassed 300 points and 1,145 penalty minutes. While with the Devils, Sheldon garnered 26 points and 265 penalty minutes.
- Ken Daneyko (1982, First Round, Pick 18 Overall) – Mr. Devil. Dano was a grizzled grinder and a force on the blue line, dishing out punishment on a nightly basis, compiling 2,519 penalty minutes. A solid stay at home defencemen, Daneyko helped New Jersey raise three Stanley Cup championship banners. A recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Daneyko played in a workhorse like 1,283 games for the Devils, along with an additional 175 in the playoffs.
- Willie Mitchell (1996, Eighth Round, Pick 199 Overall) – A penultimate penalty killer, Willie Mitchell knows how to clamp down on the opposition. Mitchell has a pair of Stanley Cups on his ledger, with the Los Angeles Kings. One of the best, when one looks at defensive point shares. Willie is a standup teammate and doesn’t take any guff. In 795 games, Mitchell has 165 points and 744 penalty minutes. Mitchell skated 18 games in a Devils uniform.
- Colin White (1996, Second Round, Pick 49 Overall) – Another rock in the mold of the aforementioned Daneyko, Colin White was a physical presence on the blue line, playing all but one of his 12 seasons for the Devils. White won two Stanley Cup titles with the Devils. Playing 743 games for New Jersey, White racked up 848 penalty minutes.
- Jason Smith (1992, First Round, Pick 18 Overall) – Yet another solid, physical, steady stay at home defenceman. Smith could really throw his weight around on the ice and inflicted a fair amount of damage. Smith was a workhorse as well, playing in 1,008 games, piling up 1,099 penalty minutes. Smith had eleven points and 167 penalty minutes, in 164 games with the Devils.
Honorable Mentions: Cale Hulse, Jaroslav Modry, Paul Martin, Brad Bombardir, Mike Commodore.