Skill of Devils prospects wows fans at development camp scrimmage (Photos)

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 06:48:31 AM. The New Jersey Devils closed out their summer Development Camp Saturday with a scrimmage.
NEWARK --  Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald seemed taken aback after watching his prospects put on a show during the final day of Devils Development Camp. Since the start of the post-Lou Lamoriello era in the summer of 2015, the Devils have been able to acquire young talent at a rate not even Fitzgerald could have foreseen. "It's exciting to see, not only it taking off the ground, but really starting to move quickly here," Fitzgerald said following Saturday, referencing the team's youth movement. "It's an exciting time. We had 33 skaters, 30 of them were drafted. That's pretty impressive." All of the attributes Fitzgerald and general manager Ray Shero are looking for in their players -- fast, skilled and the ability to push the pace among others -- were on display during Saturday's scrimmage, in which Team White defeated Team Red 6-5. "The biggest thing that jumped off the page to me, especially today, is the skillset," Fitzgerald said. "We've added a lot of skills in the last couple of years, and that's really exciting." How defenseman Reilly Walsh showed off his offensive skills It took about two minutes for No. 1 pick Nico Hischier to caress the puck on one side of the ice in the offensive zone, skate to the other, and circle up before putting a shot on goal that was deflected in by defenseman Steve Santini. Hischier played on a line with Miles Wood and 2016 third round pick Joey Anderson -- it seemed every time the trio was out there, the puck was following them...Read more
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