ALBANY, NY – Just days before the 2016 NHL Draft, New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero discussed the Devils’ strategy with NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman.
While many will make the case that New Jersey will be looking to draft a forward, Shero is not ruling out taking a blueliner. Kimelman states the Devils are open to taking the best player available with the 11th overall selection.
The good news, this year’s draft class is deep.
“I think certainly you see at the top of the draft the forward group, but there’s some strong defensemen as well… I think the top of this group, no different than last year when you had [Connor] McDavid and [Jack] Eichel and then from three to 10 a strong group of players. Those teams might have had them in different orders.
“This might be the same situation after two or three, whatever the case may be. It’s good. There’s a lot of good players in this draft. Even at 11 where we are, I’m pretty sure we’ll be happy with the guy we get.” – Ray Shero (June 22, 2016)
New Jersey has nine picks overall, including six in the first four rounds. The Draft, which will be held at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, will be broadcast on NBCSN Friday and the NHL Network Saturday.