As the 2013 NHL Draft wound down and the New Jersey Devils selected their last draft pick in the sixth round (160), many hopes dropped. The only way that Martin Brodeur’s oldest child would be drafted is if the Devils made a trade at some point in the final round.
As the arena began to file out, a late announcement in the final round that the LA Kings had sacrificed their seventh round pick (208) in the 2013 draft to New Jersey for a seventh round pick in the 2015 draft, that meant only one thing.
Martin Brodeur sat at the Devils table on the draft floor where it was announced that he would make the official announcement of who the Devils final pick of the 2013 Draft would be.
“The Devils are proud to select from Shattucks-Saint Mary’s, Anthony Brodeur,” Marty announced over the microphone.
Marty stood at the table holding his son’s draft jersey. As Anthony approached, he attempted to shake his dad’s hand to accept his jersey. Instead, Marty grabbed him and hugged him, kissing him on the cheek.
It’s not so often that a player gets to announce the selection of their son in the draft, but this was a big moment for the Brodeur family. In what could be Marty’s final year as a New Jersey Devil and as a goaltender, it was announced earlier this week that he was selected to grace the cover of the EA SPORTS NHL 14 video game due out in September. Now add the fact that his son is now a New Jersey Devil… this was a big night for the Brodeur family, as well as the New Jersey Devils family.
As for newsmakers during the NHL Draft, the Devils stole the spotlight. After all, they were hosting the Draft. They came out the winners as they acquired Cory Schneider (G) from the Vancouver Canucks for their 9th pick in the Draft and drafted Martin Brodeur’s son late in the overall draft.
Now rumors are beginning to swirl surrounding the future of Johan Hedberg. He currently has one year left on his contract. The 40-year-old has been backing up Brodeur since 2010. With the addition of Schneider, it would appear that Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello is preparing to transition Brodeur out of the #1 spot and pass the puck on to his successor.
Brodeur will remain #1 in the 2013-14 season, but that leaves the question of the #2 spot and who will play: Hedberg or Schneider. As of now, there are talks of a possible buyout or trade. Currently, Hedberg is due $1.4M for the last year in his contract with New Jersey.