Samu Salminen
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The Devils got a steal with Samu Salminen.

With the 68th overall pick in the 2021 draft, the New Jersey Devils took center Samu Salminen.

This might have been a steal for the Devils: Salminen was expected to go much higher (late first or second round) by many. Salminen scores goals and is a good leader. He’s been captain of his teams many times.

He’s a good skater who has some speed and is great in the face-off circle, something that’s been a problem for the Devils. He’s also good on both sides and plays a strong defensive game.

This is a solid pick for the Devils, who should be excited about Salminen.


Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.