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Rank the Young Devils in the System for the 2017 AATJ Top 25 Under 25 List

The Devils currently have 45 players in the organization under the age of 25. With training camp still a few weeks away, it is time for the annual AATJ Top 25 Under 25 list. Together, the readers will help the writers decide this list.

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Nico Hischier will make his debut on the annual AAtJ Top 25 Under 25 list.
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

August is upon us which means it's time for the annual All About the Jersey Top 25 Devils Under 25 ranking. The Devils are still in the midst of a rebuild and a handful of these young players should feature for both the New Jersey Devils and their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Additionally, Ray Shero has stockpiled quite a few draft picks in recent years that has seen the Devils have an influx of talent in their prospect pool across juniors, college, and European leagues. There is some turnover from last year's list as 14 players have either aged out or left the organization. This year's list will have 17 new players on it which should make an exciting ranking. We will use a combination of rankings from the AATJ writers as well as a survey for the community to give their rankings. Join us for the 6th annual AATJ Top 25 Under 25 list.

Recap of 2016 List

The Top 25 Under 25 list started in 2012 and has featured community involvement since 2013. Last year saw Taylor Hall at the top spot followed by Pavel Zacha, Damon Severson, Reid Boucher, and Joseph Blandisi to round out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 included Devante Smith-Pelly, Steve Santini, John Quenneville, Beau Bennett, and Michael McLeod. As you can imagine based off that list, we are in for quite a different top 10 this year.

Here are the links to last year's posts on the Top 25 Under 25:

Top 5, 10-6, 15-11, 20-16, 25-21, and The Outsiders

New Additions

Name Position Acquired 2017-18 Team
Nico Hischier C 2017 Draft (1/1) New Jersey (NHL)
Jesper Boqvist C 2017 Draft (2/36) Brynas IF (SHL)
Fabian Zetterlund RW 2017 Draft (3/63) Farjestad BK (SHL)
Reilly Walsh D 2017 Draft (3/81) Harvard (NCAA)
Nikita Popugaev RW 2017 Draft (4/98) Prince George (WHL)
Gilles Senn G 2017 Draft (5/129) HC Davos (NLA)
Marian Studenic RW 2017 Draft (5/143) Hamilton (OHL)
Aarne Talvitie C 2017 Draft (6/160) Blues (SM-Liiga)/Sioux Falls (USHL)
Jocktan Chainey D 2017 Draft (7/191) Halifax (QMJHL)
Yegor Zaitsev D 2017 Draft (7/205) HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL)
Matthew Hellickson D 2017 Draft (7/214) Notre Dame (NCAA)
Colby Sissons D Free Agent (10/3/16) Swift Current (WHL)
Yaroslav Dyblenko D Free Agent (4/20/17) Binghamton (AHL)
Michael Kapla D Free Agent (3/28/17) Binghamton (AHL)
Viktor Loov D Trade (2/18/17) Binghamton (AHL)
Mirco Mueller D Trade (6/17/17) New Jersey (NHL)
Stefan Noesen RW Waivers (1/25/17) New Jersey (NHL)

It's been another busy year of rebuilding the organization at every level for Ray Shero and his staff. This year's list will feature the 17 players above and should have a great impact on the list as a whole. Top pick Nico Hischier will undoubtedly shoot towards the top of the list. The other prospects in his draft class will also help fill out the list at different tiers. Undrafted free agents like Colby Sissons and Michael Kapla will also add a wrinkle to this year's list. As will those with professional experience led by Stefan Noesen and Mirco Mueller, and to a lesser degree Yaroslav Dyblenko and Viktor Loov.


Name Reason
Taylor Hall Age
Scott Wedgewood Age
Beau Bennett Free Agency
Ben Johnson Terminated
Brandon Gormley Trade
Devante Smith-Pelly Buyout
Jon Merrill Expansion Draft
Reece Scarlett Trade
Reid Boucher Waivers
Vojtech Mozik KHL
Alexander Kerfoot Likely Free Agency
Artur Gavrus Rights Relinquished
Blake Coleman Age
Jan Mandat Unsigned (AHL)


Name (ABC Order) Position DOB 9/15 Age Contract/Notes
Joseph Anderson RW 6/19/1998 19.25 Rights Owned
Ken Appleby G 4/10/1995 22.45 ELC
Brandon Baddock LW 3/29/1995 22.48 ELC
Nathan Bastian RW 12/6/1997 19.79 ELC
Mackenzie Blackwood G 12/9/1996 20.78 ELC
Joseph Blandisi C 7/18/1994 23.18 NHL
Jesper Boqvist C 10/30/1998 18.89 Rights Owned
Jesper Bratt LW 7/30/1998 19.14 ELC
Jocktan Chainey D 9/8/1999 18.03 Rights Owned
Evan Cormier G 11/6/1997 19.87 Rights Owned
Jeremy Davies D 12/4/1996 20.79 Rights Owned
JD Dudek RW 1/29/1996 21.64 Rights Owned
Yaroslav Dyblenko D 12/28/1993 23.73 ELC
Brandon Gignac C 11/7/1997 19.87 ELC
Matthew Hellickson D 3/21/1998 19.50 Rights Owned
Nico Hischier C 1/4/1999 18.71 ELC
Josh Jacobs D 2/15/1996 21.60 ELC
Michael Kapla D 9/19/1994 23.01 ELC
Ryan Kujawinski C 3/30/1995 22.48 ELC
Nick Lappin RW 11/1/1992 24.89 ELC
Viktor Loov D 11/16/1992 24.85 NHL
Mikhail Maltsev C 3/12/1998 19.53 Rights Owned
Michael McLeod C 2/3/1998 19.63 ELC
Mirco Mueller D 3/21/1995 22.50 NHL
Stefan Noesen RW 3/12/1993 24.53 NHL
Blake Pietila LW 2/20/1993 24.58 NHL
Nikita Popugaev RW 11/20/1998 18.83 Rights Owned
John Quenneville C 4/16/1996 21.43 ELC
Kevin Rooney C 5/21/1993 24.34 NHL
Yegor Rykov D 4/14/1997 20.44 Rights Owned
Steve Santini D 3/7/1995 22.54 ELC
Brett Seney LW 2/29/1996 21.56 Rights Owned
Gilles Senn G 3/1/1996 21.56 Rights Owned
Damon Severson D 8/7/1994 23.12 NHL
Colby Sissons D 1/15/1998 19.68 ELC
Blake Speers C 1/2/1997 20.72 ELC
Marian Studenic RW 10/28/1998 18.90 Rights Owned
Aarne Talvitie C 2/11/1999 18.61 Rights Owned
Ben Thomson LW 1/16/1993 24.68 NHL
Reilly Walsh D 4/21/1999 18.42 Rights Owned
Colton White D 5/3/1997 20.38 ELC
Miles Wood LW 9/13/1995 22.02 ELC
Pavel Zacha LW 4/6/1997 20.46 ELC
Yegor Zaitsev D 5/3/1998 19.38 Rights Owned
Fabian Zetterlund RW 8/25/1999 18.07 Rights Owned

The Survey

John has set up this survey where you can go and rank all 45 players. Please make sure to rank all 45 players to avoid any fringe prospects getting a high ranking over legitimate NHL players. The survey will last for two weeks which should be ample time to get your rankings in. Casting your vote is as simple as clicking the drop down menu next to the player's name and choosing the ranking you feel they deserve. You can also drag and drop players into the rankings that you see fit. Once you have all 45 ranked, just hit the "done" button on the bottom. We'll start to post the results soon after that.

Your Take

Express your opinion on these players in the comments below. Make a case for or against a player and debate with other fans. Tell us about your ranking strategy. Do you give players with more professional experience the edge or do you value potential higher? Thank you for reading and have fun ranking these players. I'm excited to see what the community and AAtJ writers come up with this year.