finished up day two at the 2020 NHL Draft by making four more picks.
First up, at
84th overall, the Devils went for a goaltender by selecting Nicolas
Daws from the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm.
in Germany, moved to Canada when he was extremely young. As a story told by EJ
Hradek on the NHL Network today goes, he has duel citizenship and had reached
out to German hockey officials to find out if they wanted him for international
duty. When they indicated that they did not, he simply made the Canadian World Junior
finished the 2019-20 season with a 23-8-6 record and led the pace for OHL
goalies with a .924 save percentage and five shutouts.
with the 99th pick, the Devils took Czech player Jaromir Pytlik of
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario League.
The center is
6-feet, 2-inches tall weighing in at 200 pounds from Dacice, Czech Republic.
Catherine Bogart of the Devils’ website reports that he had 22 goals and 28 assists
for Sault Ste. Marie last year totaling an even 50 points over 56 games played.
She also said that he participated in the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game where
he registered two shots on goal.
his nationality, Pytlik plays for the Czechs internationally and was on their
2020 World Junior team. Bogart mentioned that it was during that tournament
that he was coached by none other than Patrik Elias. His father was also a
player and coach in the Czech Republic as noted by Bogart.
of the NHL Central Scouting was quoted by Bogart as saying he plays a strong 200-foot
game and is “a mature player that’s relied upon in crucial situations. Good on the
power play, penalty kill, and face-offs. He’s a big kid and uses his size to
With the 120th
pick, the Devils went to the Alberta Junior Hockey League where they chose Ethan
Edwards from Spruce Grove of that league.
5-feet, 10-inch, 166-pound defenseman had nine goals and 24 assists for 33
points over 50 games played according to Bogart. He was finished second in
scoring for under-18 AJHL d-men.
that Edwards, a native of Alberta (Grande Prairie) “played for Canada West in the
2019 World Junior A Challenge, where he scored a goal over four games. Edwards
was ranked 77th out of all North American skaters on the NHL’s Central
Scouting rankings list.”
noted that Edwards is a great skater “known for his mobility” and strength on his
later, at 130, the Devils went to Minnesota prep school powerhouse Shattuck St.
Mary’s where they took Artem Shlaine, a center.
6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 165 pounds. He was ranked 93rd by NHL
Central Scouting for North American skaters.
that Shlaine led Shattuck St. Mary’s in scoring with 26 goals and 52 assists
for a whopping 78 points over a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team did, according to Bogart, manage to go 35-8-3 and win “the 2020
McPherson Cup tournament.”
If you think
78 points is impressive, note what he did in 2018-19: 34 goals and 56 points
totaling 90 points over a course of 56 games!
that Shlaine also played five games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United
States Hockey League. He notched two goals and an assist (three points) over
those five tilts.
Elite Prospect’s Draft Guide in saying “that Shlaine boasts outstanding puck
skills. He not only possesses through layers, but consistently passes into space
hitting teammates on their tape. His shot gives goaltenders grief, with changes
in angle, quick release points, and precise placement. Shlaine employs a
complex selection of dekes and shows a willingness to crash and attack rebounds.”
be playing college hockey in the tri-state area as he is committed to the
University of Connecticut of Hockey East for 2020-21. Bogart notes that he “has
plans to major in business while playing for the Huskies.”
with their final pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, in the sixth round, New Jersey went
overseas to select Austrian center Benjamin Baumgartner. He is 5-feet, 9-inches
tall, weighing 165-pounds and played last year for Davos in the Swiss National League.
notched seven goals, 20 assists for 27 points over 37 games for Davos. He is
20-years-old as he was passed over in the last two NHL Drafts, but he did play
for Austria at the 2020 World Junior Championship Division 1-A. At that
tournament, he had five goals, six assists for eleven points over five games.
mentioned that Austria won gold at that tournament and Baumgartner “led all
skaters in goals, assists, and points.” As an older prospect, he did participate
in the 2019 World Championship for the Austrians, getting into four games in that
quoted Elite Prospect’s Draft Guide again for Baumgartner when she said: “a lot
of offensive skill packed into [his] meager frame. He’s consistently displayed
a high level of skill at every turn. He’s a competent handler on both forehand
and backhand. The combination of a dexterous set of hands, technically sound
passing, and a high-end vision make Baumgartner a threat whenever he’s on the
wraps up the 2020 NHL Draft for the Devils. We got a really good one in Holtz
and the other first round guys. Maybe someone pans out in the later picks, we
will see over time. But no matter what, it was a good haul.
agency starts in this rapid fire of an off season. We will hopefully try to get
stuff up regarding that in a timely fashion then.