From May through to mid-June, In Lou We Trust essentially turned into a blog for upcoming prospects and potential picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 2015 NHL Draft is now over. The Devils did their work by turning six picks into five prospects and a NHL player. It could have been better, but it was miles ahead of their 2014 performance. Some of those prospects were profiled here among other sites on the SB Nation network of hockey blogs. As a way to wrap up the draft, I want to list all 39 prospect profiles we did this year and organized by selection.
I'd like to personally thank Brian, Mike, Gerard, CJ, and Alex for assisting in this year's effort. Until the next year, here's who was profiled here. Quick quips are in parentheses:
First Round Selections (11)
Timo Meier - 9th overall to San Jose (Meier snuck into the top ten, CJ was certainly pleased by this.)
Lawson Crouse - 11th overall to Florida (He fell out of the top ten, but just barely.)
Denis Gurianov - 12th overall to Dallas (Another surprise. Brian liked him quite a bit.)
Mathew Barzal - 16th overall to the NY Islanders (He was our mock draft pick at #6, I was surprised he fell this far. Bold move by Garth Snow to trade up to get him.)
Colin White - 21st overall to Ottawa (We initially thought he was a second rounder. Nope. He rose big time.)
Anthony Beauvillier - 28th overall to the NY Islanders (Another thought-to-be-second rounder, though 28th isn't a massive stretch. Islanders were bold on Friday and fortune does favor the bold.)
Second Round Selections (9)
Christian Fischer - 32nd overall to Arizona (My namesake did not last long on Day 2.)
Jeremy Bracco - 61st overall to Toronto (Had we did Oliver Kylington, we would've had a six-pick streak. Alas.)
Third Round Selections (8)
Dennis Yan - 64th overall to Tampa Bay (Bit of a tumble, but not too far out of the second round.)
Adin Hill - 76th overall to Arizona (Yes, our one goalie prospect post turned out to be a draft pick.)
Mitchell Vande Sompel - 82nd overall to the NY Islanders (I thought he would've been a fine pick with one of the two second rounders NJ had before the draft began. Isles got a great prospect who fell quite a bit.)
Fourth Round Selections (4)
Chris Martenet - 103rd overall to Dallas (One of the biggest players selected in the entire draft.)
Fifth Round Selection (1)
Sixth Round Selection (1)
Seventh Round Selection (1)
The Undrafted Profiles (4)
I have to say, Brian did a good job in selecting players to profile. Only four ended up not being picked and they weren't projected to necessarily get drafted. We did skew towards more profiles for the first and second round as the Devils had three picks within the first 45 heading into the 2015 NHL Draft. Regardless, I want to thank Brian for putting most of the list together; Brian, Mike, Gerard, CJ, and Alex for writing as many profiles as they did, and I want to thank you, the reader, for continuing to visit the site for the month-plus the Devils blog wasn't necessarily Devils-related.
With this post, the 2015 NHL Draft coverage is fully complete. The next area to focus on is coming up next: free agency. Restricted free agency qualifying clauses are due on Monday, buyouts must be done by Tuesday at 5 PM EDT, and free agency frenzy will take place on Wednesday. The next post will be about the Devils post-draft roster and how they may approach free agency this year. That may come after 11 AM on Sunday, but it'll be up on Sunday. Thank you for reading.