He nearly single-handily defeated the U.S.in the quarter-finals before returning to Halifax Mooseheads where his stock continued to rise, culminating in his No. 1 selection by the Devils two years ago.
The luck of the draw helped New Jersey take a huge step in that direction Tuesday.
That decision paid off with meaningful games and now the third overall pick in the draft after a lottery surprise Tuesday night in Toronto.
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"It's just an exciting night".
The Chicago Blackhawks, who like the Wild play in the Central Division, originally had the best odds of drafting 12th but moved up to third.
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"My biggest things are my inner drive, my competitiveness", he said. "I want to score, I want to score every shift and make a play happen". It's the National Hockey League. I'd be honored to play for New Jersey one day.
Though Shero wouldn't share his plans for the NHL Entry Draft on June 21 in Vancouver, he did mention that American-born centre Hughes is "projected to go first overall".
Getting the No. 1 overall pick was the New Jersey Devils.
"One of the first people to reach out to Nico was Taylor Hall", said Shero, "And now that Nico's been through it, he'll know to do (the same)". "And doing this again, you have to be lucky, you have to have not a great year, obviously. We want to fix that". The Avalanche (with claim to Ottawa's first-round pick this year) had the top odds for the first pick but slipped to fourth. That gave Colorado the Senators' 2019 pick and the best lottery odds. Buffalo Sabres 8. Edmonton Oilers 9. Montreal remained unchanged and will select 15th. Jack Hughes led the NTDP with 86 points (23 goals and 63 assists) in 41 games. "I'd be really excited".
The only other time the Coyotes have picked at No. 14 was in the 1998 NHL Draft when the team selected goalie Patrick DesRochers.
This is the second time since 2017 that the Metro will hold the first and second overall picks. I feel like I could do it. "I feel that's more my game". L.A. Kings 6. Detroit Red Wings 7.
In many ways, the World Juniors was Hischier's first entrance onto a big stage.
"My phone's in my back pocket buzzing like insane", he said.
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