Devils pick Brett Seney 157th overall

With their 157th overall pick in the 5th round, the Devils drafted Merrimack College forward Brett Seney (Devils, 12:59 p.m.).

The left winger from Canada is the Devils last scheduled pick of the draft this year. At age 19, Seney is in his second year of draft eligibility as he was passed over last year.

The 156-pound Ontario native recorded 26 points with 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 games in his freshman campaign with Merrimack College last season.


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Blake Speers selected with Devils 67th pick

The Devils selected center Blake Speers with their 67th overall pick in the third round of the 2015 draft (Devils, 11:20 a.m.).

Speers finished his 2014-15 season with Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL with 24-43-67 in 57 games.

The forward from Ontario stands at 5-11, 181 pounds.


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Shero looking for youthful speed in Palmieri

The Devils traded their 41st pick (second round) in this year’s draft and their third round pick in 2016 to the ducks in exchange for 24-year-old winger Kyle Palmeri (Fire and Ice, June 27).

And Devils GM Ray Shero is hoping that Palmieri’s age and speed will be a helpful addition to his squad.

“He’s at the right age, No. 1,” Shero said. “He’s an NHL player. He plays with speed. He’s a strong kid. He can really shoot the puck. It’s hard to find players like that. Anaheim’s got a lot of depth up front, especially on the right side and some other kids coming. So, we’re, hopefully, taking advantage of that and, hopefully, it’s going to be good for both teams – Anaheim getting a draft pick and us getting a player that’s going to play for us next year.”

Although, while Palmieri played in the Ducks’ top two lines at times, Shero wasn’t quick to assume that he’ll be a top six forward right away with his new team

“I don’t really like to label guys,” Shero said when asked if Palmieri is a top six forward. “Guys play up and down the lineup. I think it’s more of the style of play we’re looking for and it will make us a better team all around, a deeper team all around playing the right way at the right age. That extra pick Lou (Lamoriello) had gotten in the (Jagr) trade really came in handy. That was real beneficial for us.”


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Devils take MacKenzie Blackwood 42nd overall

The Devils selected goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood with their 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL entry draft (Devils, 10:46 a.m.).

Blackwood was the top-ranked North American goalie available.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, the 18-year-old went 33-14-2 for the Barrie Colts in the OHL during the 2014-15 season.


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Devils trade 36th overall pick to Ottawa

In the second round of the 2015 NHL entry draft, the Devils traded their 36th overall pick to the Ottawa Senators (Devils, 10:22 a.m.).

In return they’ll pick up the 42nd overall pick and choose between the 109th pick in 2015 or the Senators’ third round selections on 2016.

Ottawa drafted Gabriel Gagne with the 36th overall pick following the trade.


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Kyle Palmieri deal finalized

Kyle Palmieri is a New Jersey Devil, after a deal set in motion Friday night with the Anaheim Ducks was finalized Saturday morning (Devils, 9:13 a.m.)

The deal brings Palmieri to New Jersey in exchange for the Devils 41st overall pick in this year’s entry draft, as well as New Jersey’s option of Florida or Minnesota’s (acquired by Florida) third-round selection in the 2016 draft.

While the deal was announced Friday, it took some time to contact the right winger, which caused the hold up on making the transaction official (NJ.com, June 27).


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