Skip to content

Devils to keep ’13 first-rounder, forfeit ’14 pick

Apr 29, 2013, 2:32 PM EST

Lou Lamoriello Getty Images

Hours prior to the first-ever NHL Draft Lottery — in which all participants have a shot at the No. 1 pick —  the Devils announced they’re keeping their first-rounder.

On Monday, New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello confirmed the organization will participate in the opening round of 2013 NHL Entry Draft which, of course, will be held in Newark, N.J. on June 30.

That decision means the Devils’ 2014 first-round selection will be forfeited, as per a salary cap circumvention penalty for signing Ilya Kovalchuk.

The penalty was announced in Sept. 2010 ($3 million, 2011 third-round pick, future first-rounder) with the understanding it was up to the Devils to decide which year — ’11, ’12, ’13 or ’14 — they’d give up the 1st.

The club opted to hold onto its 2011 first-rounder (selecting Adam Larsson) and, curiously, also decided to keep their 2012 first-rounder — the 29th overall pick, with which they took Stefan Matteau.

Why curious? Consider this take from Yahoo!’s Neate Sager:

The franchise, which was stripped of a first-rounder after the NHL ruled it circumvented the salary cap while signing Ilya Kovalchuk, was widely questioned for even using its first-rounder in 2012.

What was the point of hanging on to second-last pick of the first round in a weak draft year, then rushing him to the NHL to perform in spot duty, disrupting a crucial development season?

Taking Matteau also painted the Devils into a corner where they likely going to have to give up their first-rounder in the fecund 2014 draft.

Missing out on a possible shot at an elite youngster such as the Barrie Colts’ Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice’s Sam Reinhart or Kingston Frontenacs’ Roland McKeown is a hefty price to pay to take a player who seems to be struggling with some maturity issues.

The draft lottery will be held tonight (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), and the Devils hold a 2.7 percent chance of capturing the first overall selection.

Florida (25 percent), Colorado (18.8) and Tampa Bay (14.2) hold the highest odds.

Latest Posts
  1. Ovechkin finally gets car once Honda learns why he wanted it so badly

    Jan 26, 2015, 11:23 AM EST

    Alex Ovechkin Getty Images

    “Everybody felt like I just want a car to drive it.”

  2. KHL president: Russia focuses on World Championships, not World Cup in 2016

    Jan 26, 2015, 10:55 AM EST

    2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Previews: Day 0 Getty Images

    Ilya Kovalchuk deemed it a “worthy tournament,” though.

  3. ‘Crippling and potentially historic’ blizzard threatens cancellations Tuesday

    Jan 26, 2015, 9:51 AM EST

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptq1nmuzn2y4yzg1mdq0nzk3zjq2m2mwnjdkmdmxzgq3 AP

    Including an intriguing game between the Islanders and Rangers.

  4. Blue Jackets proud as Columbus shows it’s a hockey town

    Jan 25, 2015, 9:49 PM EST

    2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition - Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge Getty Images

    “We’re so proud of our city for showing that hockey is such a big deal here.”

  5. From contract dispute to All-Star MVP, Johansen’s had quite the year

    Jan 25, 2015, 9:25 PM EST

    2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game Getty Images

    “This is something I’ll remember for a very long time.”

  6. Hawks put Versteeg on LTIR, recall Rasmussen

    Jan 25, 2015, 6:43 PM EST

    Kris Versteeg Getty Images

    Chicago will resume play on Wednesday against Los Angeles.

  7. Video: Foligno sets up Johansen to delight of hometown crowd

    Jan 25, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    Johansen goal

    Johansen scored again before the first period ended.

  8. Video: Vrbata opens scoring in All-Star Game debut

    Jan 25, 2015, 5:43 PM EST

    Vrbata

    Vancouver forward gets Team Foligno on the board early.

  9. Byfuglien’s neon skates, More GoPro fun, other All-Star bits

    Jan 25, 2015, 4:58 PM EST

    buffyneon

    A grab bag of fun as the game rapidly approaches.

  10. Get your game notes: Team Toews vs. Team Foligno

    Jan 25, 2015, 4:30 PM EST

    Johnny Gaudreau Johnny Gaudreau

    It’s the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, on NBCSN.

  11. WATCH LIVE: 2015 NHL All-Star Game

    Jan 25, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

    2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game Getty Images

    Team Foligno and Team Toews square off.

  12. Ovechkin’s quest for a free car continues

    Jan 25, 2015, 12:48 PM EST

    Washington Capitals v Calgary Flames Getty Images

    He has more control over his chances in the All-Star Game itself.

  13. Out for at least a month, Bobrovsky laments missing All-Star game

    Jan 25, 2015, 10:50 AM EST

    Nashville Predators v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    A rare opportunity sidetracked by his groin injury.

Featured video

Who will excite most in All-Star game?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Letang (3549)
  2. S. Crosby (2969)
  3. J. Ortio (2795)
  4. C. Price (2787)
  5. P. Hornqvist (2781)
  1. E. Malkin (2755)
  2. S. Bobrovsky (2501)
  3. Z. Rinaldo (1765)
  4. K. Versteeg (1727)
  5. J. Toews (1705)