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Posted on Sun, Jan. 02, 2005
Devils happy with Parise, Zajac
The New Jersey Devils director of scouting, David Conte, stepped foot
into Ralph Engelstad Arena with Devils president-general manager Lou
Lamoriello for the first time Saturday.
The Devils have a unique connection with the UND hockey program, as
they have drafted a Sioux player with three of their last four first-
New Jersey took David Hale (22nd overall) in 2000, Zach Parise (17th
overall) in 2003 and Travis Zajac (20th overall) in 2004. The Devils
didn't have a first-round pick in 2002.
Are the Devils poised to pick another Sioux player in the next draft?
"You never know," Conte said.
"This is my first time I've been in this building," Conte added,
speaking of REA. "It's spectacular. Now we'll want to make sure we
don't take too many. Now we know they are spoiled."
He also said the Devils are happy with the progress of Parise and
Parise is playing with the Albany River Rats in the American Hockey
League this season. He is their leading scorer with five goals and 21
assists in 31 games.
"He's doing well. He's doing very well," Conte said. "The team needs
to be doing a little better, but he's doing very well."
Zajac, meanwhile, leads UND in goals as a freshman. He is second on
the team in scoring.
"(UND) is the right place for him," Conte said, "and he's progressing
appropriately and to everyone's satisfaction. Hopefully he's
satisfied with it, too."
Hale is progressing into a regular on New Jersey's blue line. Last
season he played in 65 games. He had four assists and a plus-minus
rating of plus-12.
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One of the new NHL bigwigs in town is Mike Milbury, the general
manager of the New York Islanders. Milbury used to coach the team ...