Wrapping up the draft

The Devils took four players in the NHL Draft on Saturday after taking John Quenneville in the first round on Friday.

The Nets took Josh Jacobs in the second round. Jacobs is a 6-2, defenseman who scored five goals and had 23 points last season for the Indiana Ice of the USHL.

“My biggest assets as a player I think are my shot, my skating ability and my transitional game. My hockey sense as well,” Jacobs said told the Star-Ledger on Saturday. “On the flip side, what I need to work on are my hands and puck skills to become a better player and ultimately a New Jersey Devil one day.”

In the third round, the Devils took Connor Chatham from the Plymouth Whalers. Chatham is a big physical forward at 6-3, 225-pounds and had 13 goals and 18 assists for Pymouth of the OHL.

In the fifth round the Devils added Ryan Rehill, a 6-3, 215-pound defenseman from Kamloops of the WHL. The defenseman had  four goals and 16 assists with 182 penalty minutes last season. He also was involved in 15 fights in 72 games.

The Devils also had two sixth round picks. With the first, they took high school center Joey Dudek from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Dudek is committed to Boston College. With their last pick, Brandon Baddock of the Edmonton Oil Kings was taken, a 6-4 , 206-pound left wing.

Devils select Brandon Baddock with No. 161 pick

The Devils took Brandon Baddock, a left wing from Edmonton of the WHL, with the No. 161 pick.

Baddock played in 56 games this past season for Edmonton and the 6-3 winger had 17 points including six goals on the season.

Devils select Ryan Rehill with No. 131 pick

The Devils selected Ryan Rehill, a 6-foot-2 defenseman, with the No. 131 overall pick on Saturday.

Rehill plays at Kamloops of the WHL and had 20 points- – 4 goals — in 72 games.

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Devils select John Quenneville

With the No. 30 pick in the NHL Draft, the Devils selected John Quenneville.

Quenneville, a center/left-winger, currently plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was ranked the No. 23 prospect among North American players (Devils, June 27).

In the 2013-14 season, Quenneville scored 25 goals with 33 assists in 61 games.

John is second cousin to former Devils defenseman and current Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (Chere, June 27).

McKeens Draft Guide says:

  • not a graceful skater – short choppy strides with an awkward hitch in his cross overs
  • needs to work on propulsion, flexibility and stride length
  • highly evolved offensive skill set, he is a smart centre equipped with good hands dangerous and talented passer with sharp vision and creativity
  • adept at throwing the puck out wide on his forehand and holding it away from checkers

Future Considerations has him as a top-nine forward in the NHL.

Here’s audio of Quennville after being drafted: