Devils State of Mind Podcast host Neil Villapiano joins Marty’s Illegal Stick to discuss the NJ Devils prospect pool and which ones could play in Utica for the Comets this season.
Hockey is in the air, as NHL training camps are now open. As the camps wind down, we will know which players will start the season in the NHL and which ones will be sent to the American Hockey League. This is of special interest to hockey fans in central New York, as the region is home to two AHL teams – The Utica Comets and the Syracuse Crunch.
Neil Villapiano has a wealth of sports knowledge, especially when it comes to the New Jersey Devils. When it comes to the Devils and their prospects, he really likes what he sees. Villapiano believes fans in central New York can expect a very exciting Utica Comets team this season.
With one of the top prospect pools in the entire NHL, New Jersey has a bright future. The team’s top pick from this draft, Luke Hughes, will be playing at the University of Michigan this season so he will not be in Utica. Hughes is not New Jersey’s only top tier prospect however, as Dawson Mercer, Alexander Holtz, Kevin Bahl, and Nolan Foote among others look to be the foundation of the Devils for years to come. In this episode, Villapiano gives an in-depth analysis of these prospects and others, as well as the chances they will play for the Comets this season.
Neil Villapiano is not only a New Jersey Devils fanatic, he is a well rounded sports fan in general. He has written two books: J-E-T-S! Pain! Pain! PAIN!: The Agony and the Ecstasy (Nah, no ecstasy!) of the Jets Fan, and Meet the Mets’ Mess: The R-E-G-R-E-T-S of New York Town. Both are available on Amazon and other major book retailers. His podcast Devils State of Mind Podcast has new episodes every Monday and Thursday. You can listen to the latest episode below or on any major podcast platform.