Time will tell whether the Devils thinking highly enough of Kaapo Kakko to take him over long-presumed No. 1 NHL Draft pick Jack Hughes, but Kakko's emergence over the last year has at least made it a debate.
And Kakko thinks it can happen, especially as he dominates in the IIHF World Championship.
"This is a big thing for me for the draft," Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. "I think I can be the first (pick)."
The NHL Draft gets more interesting by the day.
Because the more Kaapo Kakko plays in the IIHF World Championship, the more he impresses, adding intrigue to the Devils' decision on whom to select first overall.
The Finnish wing, who will go to the Rangers at No. 2 if the Devils take American center Jack Hughes at No. 1, scored a beauty of a goal on Thursday for his sixth goal of the tournament.
The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.
The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.
Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.
It appears as if there could be a good ol' New York vs. New Jersey battle for Finnish hockey phenom Kaapo Kakko.
Many expect the 18-year-old forward to go second overall to the Rangers, but perhaps it is too early to count out the Devils just yet.
Kakko scored an impressive goal at the IIHF Worlds on Friday, grabbing the puck on a breakaway while a defender attempted to trip him from behind. Kakko escaped free of the defender's stick while also deking out the goalie to sneak the puck past him.
When the clip of the goal surfaced on Twitter, the Rangers tweeted out the eyeball emoji while the Devils tweeted out a double eyes emoji along with a gif of the goal five minutes later.
The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists, which were released Monday.
The Devils drew the No. 1 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Rangers came away with the No. 2 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.
Winter is here.
With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.
The 2019 NHL Draft lottery took place on Tuesday night, and it was the New Jersey Devils' card that flipped to lock in the No. 1 pick.
This is the second time in the last three years the Devils were awarded the top pick, as they landed it in 2017 as well. They spent it on Nico Hischier, who has collected 99 points over two years thus far.
After hearing the announcement, Devils GM Ray Shero couldn't be happier as he said "we need talent." That statement comes after a dismal Devils season where they finished last in the Eastern Conference with a 31-41-10 record.
The Devils snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score
- 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
- 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
- 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.
The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.
A shootout was needed to decide who took the win in the Devils-Coyotes matchup on Saturday afternoon, and New Jersey came away with the victory, 2-1, on their home ice. >> Box score
- 2:31 PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson; Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Garland
- 17:01 NJD Drew Stafford; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood
Tags: Arizona Coyotes
The injury-riddled Devils lost their third straight game Thursday night, falling 5-1 to the Bruins in Newark. New Jersey has lost 10 of its last 12 games. Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 26 shot. >> Box score
- 18:34 BOS Patrice Bergeron; Assists: David Pastrnak; Brad Marchand
Devils backup goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood struggled in net during the second period, allowing three unanswered goals as New Jersey fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-1. >> Box score
- 2:52 WAS Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Nic Dowd, Brett Connolly
- 19:59 NJD Kenny Agostino
The Washington Capitals conclude a four-game road stretch when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
New Jersey (27-37-9) has been eliminated from playoff contention and is returning from a six-game road trip to open a four-game homestand.
The Devils went 2-4 on the trip, which ended with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Despite Cory Schneider playing well in goal, the Devils could not get anything going offensively and fell to the Avalanche 3-0 on Sunday. >> Box score
The Devils erased a two-goal deficit to come back and defeat the Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, Friday night in Vancouver. The injury-riddled Devils have won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Damon Severson ended the game in the seventh round of the shootout. MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves. >> Box score
- 3:18 VAN Elias Pettersson (Power Play;) Assists: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat
The Devils took care of business on the road, defeating the Oilers in their barn, 6-3, on Wednesday night. >> Box score
- 7:34 NJD Kenny Agostino; Assists: Andy Greene, Kevin Rooney
- 9:37 EDM Sam Gagner; Assists: Jujhar Khaira, Matt Benning
- 14:22 EDM Alex Chiasson (Power Play); Assists: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom
- 19:41 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Damon Severson
The Devils scored the first two goals of the game, but that's all they could muster in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score
- 16:26 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Kenny Agostino, Michael McLeod
- 19:49 NJD Blake Coleman (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score
- 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
Tags: Washington Capitals
BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal early in the opening period and Tuukka Rask made it stand up with 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, lifting the surging Boston Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
The victory improved the Bruins' streak of at least one point in every game to 16 straight (12-0-4) and they haven't lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. It's their longest since 18 games (14-0-4) last season.
Rask is 14-0-3 in his last 17 starts.
New Jersey-bred James van Riemsdyk wasn't friendly to his hometown team, as he led the Flyers in a 6-3 Devils loss on Friday night. >> Box score
- 12:53 PHI James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek
- 14:16 PHI James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Ryan Hartman
Tags: Philadelphia Flyers
The Devils found themselves on the losing side of a low-scoring game at The Rock in a 2-1 loss to the Flames on Wednedsay night. >> Box score
- 1:07 CAL Elias Lindholm (Power Play); Assists: Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau
- 13:52 CAL Mark Giordano; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan
- 16:47 NJD Kevin Rooney (Short Handed)
Tags: Calgary Flames
It went down to the wire Monday afternoon before the NHL trade deadline, but the Devils did trade pending unrestricted free agent Marcus Johansson to the Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Earlier Monday, the Devils dealt goalie Keith Kinkaid to Columbus for a 2022 fifth-round pick.
Johansson is now teammates with Brad Marchand, who concussed Johansson last year and whom Johansson ripped for the vicious elbow which caused Johansson's second concussion of the 2017-18 season. Johansson was injured on Jan. 23 last year and didn't return until Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs on April 16.
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The Rangers and Devils are both scrapping at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division but it was the Blueshirts who came out on top in a 5-2 win over the Devils. Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider scored three unanswered goals in the first period as the Devils fall for the second time in their last five games. >> Box score
- 4:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Tony DeAngelo
- 8:54 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
- 14:23 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey
While the Rangers elected to play players who are expected to be dealt, the Devils held out Marcus Johansson and veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Thursday ahead of any possible trades. Both players will make the trip to New York but are expected to be scratched again.
Without those two veterans, the Devils won for the third time in four games by getting goals from Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood in a 4-0 home win over the Ottawa Senators.
"This time of year's never easy, and this is sort of the consequence of not having a good year to this point," said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Read More
While Cory Schneider was a brick wall in net, the Devils ran up four goals against the Senators for a big win at home on Thursday night. >> Read More
- 11:45 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Will Butcher
- 14:34 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
Tags: Ottawa Senators
Gotta support the team.
The New Jersey Devils hosted a "90s Night" on Tuesday and perhaps the franchises most famous fan from the decade made an appearance.
Patrick Warburton reprised his role as David Puddy from "Seinfeld" at the Prudential Center during the ceremonial puck drop before the game against the Penguins.
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The Devils couldn't mount a third-period comeback as the Penguins took them down, 4-3, at The Rock.
- 2:14 NJD Jesper Bratt; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Mirco Mueller
- 6:49 PIT Zach Aston-Reese; Assists: Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin
- 12:12 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Mirco Mueller, Jesper Bratt
- 18:24 PIT Nick Bjugstad; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Simon
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Devils won their second straight game by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score
- 7:25 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac
- 13:38 NJD Jesper Bratt (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Damon Severson
- 19:04 BUF Sam Reinhart; Assists: Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel
Tags: Buffalo Sabres
After a miserable first two games of their three-game road trip, it appeared the Devils were going to fly home miserable from St. Paul Friday night as they found themselves down by three. But they erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime when Nico Hischier scored the winning goal to give the Devils a 5-4 win. Cory Schneider replaced Keith Kinkaid with the Devils down 4-1 and stopped all 15 shots he faced, giving him his first regular-season win since Dec. 27, 2017. Ben Lovejoy tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation. >> Box score
- 6:07 MIN Brad Hunt (Power Play;) Assists: Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund
- 9:55 MIN Joel Eriksson Ek
Tags: Ben Lovejoy, Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson, Minnesota Wild, Nico Hischier, Will Butcher
Minnesota has lost six of seven (1-4-2) to fall into a tie for the final Western Conference wild card with Vancouver, though the Wild have two games in hand on the Canucks.
However, if recent history is any indication, the Devils may be exactly what the Wild need to steady themselves in the playoff race.
The Wild's lone win since the All-Star Break came last Saturday, when they beat the host Devils 4-2. Minnesota is just one of several Western teams to take advantage of struggling New Jersey, which is 1-4-1 in its past six games. In that stretch, the Devils have lost to the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings.
The Devils got off to a hot start, but flamed out in a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on the road Thursday night. >> Box score
- 7:14 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Brett Seney
- 16:42 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
- 18:17 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Dylan Sikura, Artem Anisimov
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks
The Devils couldn't get anything going against the Blues on the road Tuesday night, losing 8-3 in St. Louis. >> Box score
- 5:08 STL Alex Pietrangelo; Assists: Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko
- 6:41 STL Ivan Barbashev; Assists: Robert Thomas
- 10:30 NHD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Kenny Agostino
- 15:47 STL Jaden Schwartz; Assists: Robert Bortuzzo
Tags: St. Louis Blues
Marcus Johansson scored two goals as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score
- 11:35 NJD Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Ryan Murphy, Nico Hischier
- 19:03 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes
Josh Bailey scored the game winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the New York Islanders capped a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Prudential Center with a four-game season series sweep. >> Box score
- 5:32 NJD Kevin Rooney; Assists: Kurtis Gabriel, Jesper Bratt
- 13:43 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson
The New Jersey Devils began their sell-off ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline on Wednesday by sending forward Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick.
Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points this season and leads all forwards in blocked shots with 36 and was second on the Devils with 88 hits in 47 games.
The 12-year veteran, who had also spent five seasons across the river with the Rangers, joined the Devils in 2017 but was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a rare but treatable form of cancer that affects the bone marrow, before the season began
In his first game at The Rock since leaving the Devils in 2013, Ilya Kovalchuk put the exclamation point on the Kings' 5-1 win Tuesday against the Devils. The Kings broke a tie early in the third by scoring three times in a span of 1:20. >> Box score
- 6:21 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Carl Hagelin
- 3:31 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Drew Stafford
Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk, Los Angeles Kings
Ilya Kovalchuk isn't expecting a warm reception at The Rock Tuesday night when the former Devil and current King makes his first return to Newark since departing the team in 2013.
"I am pretty sure there will be a lot of booing, but I love that, so it's all good," Kovalchuk said, per NHL.com.
The Devils acquired Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2010 trade deadline, and in the offseason the Devils signed the goal-scoring winger to a 17-year, $102 million contract, a deal which was ultimately rejected by the NHL for cap-cirumvention. A 15-year, $100 million deal was approved.
Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk, Los Angeles Kings
The Devils capitalized on the power-play and Nico Hischier provided some late-game heroics with the game-tying and winning goals to lead New Jersey to a 3-2 overtime road victory over the Montreal Canadiens. >> Box score
- 5:22 MTL Jesperi Ktokaniemi; Assists: Artturi Lehkonen, Jordie Benn
- 19:26 NJD Will Buttcher (Power Play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson
- 16:33 MTL Phillip Danault; Assists: Jeff Petry, Max Domi
The Devils raced out to a 3-0 lead and blew out the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score
- 13:08 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Steven Santini
- 14:53 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Travis Zajac
- 3:30 NJD Brian Boyle (short handed); Assist: Pavel Zacha
- 4:28 PIT Derick Brassard; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Juuso Riikola
- 12:57 NJD Blake Coleman; Assists: Travis Zajac, Will Butcher
Henrik Lundqvist was not the only New York area athlete to impress at the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday.
Islanders' Mathew Barzal scored two goals and finished the day with four assists while Devils' Kyle Palmieri also had a goal and an assist in the two games they both played for Team Metropolitan, which won the 3-on-3 style tournament with a 10-5 victory over the Central.
Barzal and Palmieri both scored in the first period of the NHL All-Star Game final, with Barzal setting the tone with a wrister 22 seconds into the game.
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Mathew Barzal
The Devils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the Ducks quickly responded to hand New Jersey a 3-2 loss. >> Box score
- 6:50 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
- 9:10 ANA Daniel Sprong; Assists: Nick Ritchie, Adam Henrique
- 10:38 ANA Troy Terry (Power Play); Assists: Hampus Lindholm, Daniel Sprong
The Devils allowed three unanswered goals to the Isles in the first period, and couldn't fight back in a 4-1 loss on the road. >> Box score
- 5:48 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle
- 9:19 NYI Michael Dal Colle; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Leo Komarov
- 15:12 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson