"I like to say I play like (Chicago Blackhawks winger) Patrick Kane a little bit, but I feel I'm more of a (New York Islanders center) Mat Barzal in how I carve through the neutral zone, lug the puck, and find my teammates". There was an equivalent runoff between former captains Scott Stevens and Eric Lindros with New Jersey and Philadelphia, but such a matchup hasn't since existed between both teams. Edmonton, which came in with the seventh-best odds, will pick eighth, while Vancouver slipped from ninth to 10th. That's what I'm most anxious about now, is can somebody come help us next year? However, the top end of this year's draft is considered to be elite. They also won the 2017 lottery, moving up four spots before picking centre Nico Hischier.
It's the second time in three years that the Devils have defied the odds and wound up with the first overall pick.
In addition to holding the first pick - which the organization will nearly certainly use to draft American centre Jack Hughes - New Jersey also owns three second-round selections as it continues to build under Shero.
In recent years, this trend has also lacked from the Devils/Rangers rivalry, which is something the addition of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will revive.
The first overall pick of any NHL Draft is typically straightforward.
"One of the first people to reach out to Nico was Taylor Hall", said Shero, "And now that Nico's been through it, he'll know to do (the same)".
The consensus No. 1 overall prospect is Jack Hughes, the Orlando, Fla., native who has dazzled scouts for more than two years playing in the U.S. National Development program. I've always wanted to be a star player, win individual awards. Those teams were entered into the league's lottery drawing, which determines the order of draft picks 1-15.
The Devils had a 11.5 percent chance of winning the lottery. When you mix those forwards with the potential of adding forwards; Joe Veleno, Evgeny Svechnikov, defencemen Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski, Jared McIsaac and whoever the team drafts this summer to the lineup, we start to once again see the sun begin to shine through the thick clouds over Detroit.