The Devils Draft Prospect Series continues today with the final 2016 draft pick; I took a look at Jesper Bratt this morning. Also, be sure to check through the “Draft Prospect Series” tag for the rest of the 2016 draft picks and every 2017 draft pick. I’ll jump into 2015 draft picks tomorrow!
The New Jersey Devils selected D Jeremy Davies 192nd overall in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry-Level Draft. The 20-year old Canadian defenseman is 5′ 11″ and 181 pounds. He played junior hockey in Canada before crossing south of the border and playing in the USHL. After playing for both the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Bloomington Thunder, he committed to play college hockey at Northeastern University (NCAA) and completed his first year there in May.
Here are some of his stats:
In his first year with Northeastern, he scored 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 38 games and picked up as many penalty minutes (38). Here’s an excerpt from Northeastern Athletics’ website delving into the specificities of his year: “[Davies] has played in all 36 games this season, and is eighth in defensemen scoring and ninth in rookie scoring in Hockey East with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) this season … Recorded his first collegiate points with a power play goal and an assist against Arizona State (Oct. 22) … Picked up an assist against No. 4/4 Boston University (Nov. 4) … Had a season-high two assists against No. 9 Notre Dame (Nov. 12) … Scored a goal against No. 19 Providence (Nov. 18) … Netted a power play goal at No. 4/3 Boston College (Dec. 6) … Picked up an assist at Michigan State (Dec. 18) … Scored a goal at Frozen Fenway against New Hampshire (Jan. 14) … Netted the eventual game-winning goal against Merrimack (Jan. 20) … Picked up an assist at Merrimack (Jan. 21) to extend his scoring streak to three games … Had a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) at Massachusetts (Jan. 31) … Picked up an assist against No. 10/10 UMass Lowell (Feb. 3) … Had an assist at Connecticut (Feb. 17) … Had a power play goal and two assists at Maine (Feb. 25) … Logged a power play goal against Connecticut (Mar. 4).”
So Davies had a pretty good rookie season. Here’s an excellent article from SB Nation College Hockey about Davies and his season on Northeastern’s blue line. The article mentions that he’s been compared to Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere so I’ll take that.
The year prior, he played for the Bloomington Thunder in the USHL and had quite the year. He scored 49 points in 60 regular season games and six in eight playoff games. He was named to the USHL First All-Star Team; he also had the most assists by a defenseman (36) and most points by a defenseman (49) in the league. Not bad, eh?
I know there’s a lot but why not?
Davies has played really well throughout his young junior/professional hockey career. Even as a defenseman, he’s put up points on a consistent, night-in and night-out basis. He’s produced as if he was a forward, which is great because that means he’s an offensive-minded defenseman who still focuses on playing defense.
Northeastern Head Coach Jim Madigan said, “Jeremy is someone I think most Husky fans are going to come to watch and really appreciate the skill and intelligence that this young man brings. He’s from Montreal and played in the USHL for Bloomington these past two years. This year he was an All-USHL First Team selection, which is a difficult feat to accomplish. He was the leading defensive scorer in the USHL and he’s someone who will break us out of our own zone. He’s really intelligent, a good skater, jumps up in the play well and supports the play. He’s just not an offensive player, he plays 200-feet, but he does it with an effortless approach. He might remind some players of Jim Averill, who was so smart and did it with so much efficiency and effectiveness.”
I think Davies is one of the New Jersey’s most underrated picks. I might be a little biased (because, college hockey) but I like him and I think another year or two at Northeastern could do wonders for his development. He is 20 so he might not choose to stay all four years at Northeastern and instead decide to kickstart his professional career. I’m excited to see him again at development camp and possibly training camp.