Jersey Devils Prospect System Improving

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Jersey Devils
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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.


Devils Re-Sign Reid Boucher

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Reid Boucher
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Kevin Martoken has served in his current role as a fund accountant with Grassi & Co in New York City since 2013. Outside his professional life, Kevin Martoken follows the National Hockey League (NHL), and is a fan of the New Jersey Devils.

Restricted free agent Reid Boucher has signed a one-year contract to return to the New Jersey Devils, according to Ray Shero, the team’s general manager.

The two-way deal, reportedly worth $715,000 at the NHL level, means that Boucher, while not guaranteed a salary at the NHL level, must clear waivers before the team assigns him to its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Albany. Analysts believe it’s unlikely the Devils will risk such a move.

Last season, Boucher spent time between both the Devils and Albany. During his 39-game NHL stint, he racked up 8 goals and 11 assists. In the AHL, he put up 19 goals and 13 assists over 34 games.