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 one, seeing as how the Devils prefer to build from the net out, we’ll begin with the goalies.
- Martin Brodeur (1990, First Round, Pick 20 Overall) -688 victories, three Stanley Cup titles, 124 shutouts, a career goals against average of 2.24 and a save percentage of .912. Brodeur also has a Calder Trophy, four Vezina Trophies and five William M. Jennings trophies to his credit. Want more? Marty is also a nine-time All-Star and has registered 113 playoff victories, along with 24 playoff shutouts. Brodeur also scored a goal in a playoff victory over the Montreal Canadiens. A goalie known for his durability and a style of his own. A virtual lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Sean Burke (1985, Second Round, Pick 24 Overall) – Burke recorded 324 NHL victories, 62 of them in a Devils sweater. Burke was a three-time NHL All-Star, once with the Hartford Whalers and twice with the Phoenix Coyotes. Burke posted a career goals against average of 2.96 and a save percentage of .902. In New Jersey, Burke is best remembered for helping backstop the Devils to the 1988 Conference Finals.
Honorable mentions: Chris Terreri, Craig Billington, Mike Dunham, Corey Schwab, Scott Clemmensen.