Jersey Devils Prospect System Improving

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Kevin Martoken has served as a fund accountant with Grassi & Co. in New York City since 2013, following prior roles at Ryan Associates and the Avenue Capital Group. When he is not working, Kevin Martoken follows New York metro area professional sports and is a fan of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

After years of dwelling in the NHL cellar in terms of their farm system, it appears the New Jersey Devils are now reaping the rewards of general manager Ray Shero’s recent efforts to invest in its crop of prospects.

With Michael McLeod, Pavel Zacha, and top goaltender prospect Mackenzie Blackwood leading the pack, the Devils have acquired top-caliber farm talent. While the team still has some needs on the defensive end, it’s developmental focus has been evident–so much so, in fact, that the team was recently ranked 19th by ESPN analyst Corey Pronman in his annual review each team’s prospect rankings.

The Devils are up seven spots from last year, when they were ranked 26th by Pronman. In addition to the team’s current prospects, the Devils also possess 17 draft picks over the next two years that will no doubt bolster those ranks. The position the team now finds itself in is a direct reflection on Shero’s work in his attempts to turn the team around.

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