For the first time that I can remember (I was born in '92) the Devils are officially, unanimously, and unequivocally in rebuilding mode regardless of what anyone says. And I mean anyone. That makes this one of the important days in the next era of Devils' hockey. With 3 picks in the top 41, the Devils should be able to establish at least one core member of the future team and maybe multiple NHL-level players.
A team can't be totally rebuilt in one draft, but with the new GM, coach, and assistants inheriting a team in transition, this is a monumentally important day that can set the tone for the next few years at least and possibly even define their NJ tenure. As Devils fans, if this team becomes something in a few years, we might be able to look back and say "I saw when that era started with the drafting of _______." Of course you can only say that if you watch...
The Time: Round 1 occurs from 7pm EST to 10pm EST on Friday with the second round following from 10am EST to 1pm EST on Saturday.
The Broadcast: Friday's round will be covered by NBCSN, but NHLN has preview shows starting at 5:30pm and a review at 10pm. NHLN then picks up the live coverage on Saturday.
The Devil's Picks: The Devils have 6 selections in this draft. They pick 6th (first round), 36th (second round), 41st (second round from Florida), 67th (third round), 97th (fourth round), 157th (sixth round).
The Other Links: Take a look at some of the other articles we've had this week leading up to today. I took inventory on Friday, John broke down results of as many mock drafts as he could find on Monday, and then Brian did his own mock for the top 10 picks on Tuesday. Gerard also took a look at past NJ top 10 picks and Mike looked into the possibilities of a Day One trade.
Social Media: Can't get enough ILWT draft coverage? Follow the contributors on social media. You can find Nate, Brian, Mike, Ryan, John, and your's truly on Twitter along with the official In Lou We Trust Twitter page. After the draft is over you can look for some activity on our Facebook page as well.
Feel free to discuss here or in the 2015 Draft Open Post.