Top 50 New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils first began in Kansas City Scouts, but a poor product and poorer attendance forced relocation to Colorado after two years.  The Colorado Rockies hardly fared better, and six years later they were the Devils.

It took years for the franchise to become successful in the Garden State, but a dedication to defense, a superstar Goalie (Martin Brodeur) netted the Devils three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000 & 2003).


This list is up to the end of the 2019/20 season.

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

From Rochester, New York, Brian Gionta played collegiately at Boston College, where he took the Eagles to two Frozen Fours.  Drafted in the Third Round in 1998, Gionta arrived in New Jersey during the 2001-02 Season, and a year later, he played a minor role in the Devils 2003 Stanley Cup…
Claude Lemieux made his first real mark in the NHL with an outstanding performance in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Habs win the Stanley Cup.  A few years later, the supreme agitator was traded to the New Jersey Devils, and a similar occurrence would happen.
The Atlanta Thrashers were not in existence for long, but if there were a consensus best player during that time, it would have to be Ilya Kovalchuk.  The Russian Wing was a Thrasher from 2001 to 2010, until he was traded to the New Jersey Devils, where he had an underappreciated…
Paul Martin was a former Mr. Minnesota in hockey, and he would hone his skills at the University of Minnesota, where he took the Golden Gophers to an NCAA Championship in 2002 and 2003.
In his fifth year in the NHL, Jason Arnott was traded from his first NHL club, the Edmonton Oilers to New Jersey, where he finished off the 1997-98 Season providing scoring depth to the Devils.
Kyle Palmieri was a First Round Pick by Anaheim in 2009, and he was a Duck until the summer of 2015 when he was traded to the New Jersey Devils.  It was in Jersey where the American's career took off.
Swedish Defenseman, Tommy Albelin, debuted in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques in 1987, but Quebec gave up on him, trading him to New Jersey for only a Fourth Round Pick. It turned out to be a quiet thievery by the Devils.
A Stanley Cup Champion, and two-time 50 Goal scorer with the Montreal Canadiens, Stephan Richer was traded from the Habs to New Jersey in 1991.
Pat Verbeek was the First Pick of the Third Round in 1982, and the Right Wing was a permanent member of the roster in his second year as a professional.
Sergei Brylin was not a superstar hockey player by any means, but his versatility and defensive skills made him valuable to a New Jersey Devils team that valued role players.
Three years after the New Jersey Devils drafted Adam Henrique, he was a contender for the Calder Trophy, finishing third and leading the NHL in Short-Handed Goals (4).  Henrique had 51 Points that year but regressed to only 16 in 42 Games, but he rebounded with back-to-back 43 Point seasons.
Joe Cirella came from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and captained the Oshawa Generals to an OHL Title.  Cirella would then be taken number five in 1981 by the Colorado Rockies, and he played 65 Games as a rookie.
Cory Schneider was a co-winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010/11, but the most Games he played in as a Canuck in a season was 30.  Schneider was traded for a First Round Pick in the 2013 off-season, and he was finally able to be…
What was harder?  Randy McKay’s slapshot or his hits?
From Worcester, Massachusetts, Bill Guerin was selected Fifth Overall in 1989 by the New Jersey Devils.
After five productive seasons in Vancouver, Swedish Center, Patrik Sundstrom was dealt to New Jersey, where he continued his healthy level of two-way play.
Prior to his arrival in New Jersey (but after he was drafted), Chris Terreri was the MVP of the NCAA Tournament, although his team (Providence) lost the final game to RPI.  After a cup of coffee with the Devils in 1986-87, he sat out to participate for the United States in…
Jay Pandolfo was the 32nd Overall Pick in 1993, which occurred a year into his tenure at Boston University.  The native of Winchester, Massachusetts, stayed with the Terriers for three more years, and as a senior, he was the Hockey East Player of the Year.
As of this writing, Damon Severson has played six seasons with the New Jersey Devils, where he has used his size and booming shot to be an asset for the New Jersey Devils.
The Hall of Fame pro career of Brendan Shanahan began in New Jersey, where the Left Wing was taken Second Overall behind Pierre Turgeon in the 1987 Draft.