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Fantasy Summary

Strong two-way defender who controls the ice in all three zones. Has the potential to grow into a top pairing defenseman at the NHL level.


Observations

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July 2022 – Nemec’s selection at second overall by the Devils was one of need, as the team’s lack of high-end right-handed defense prospects was the main driver of their decision. Given that Shane Wright and Logan Cooley were still available, the team could probably have traded back a couple spots and still gotten their guy. Nemec’s ceiling is that of a top-pair defender, especially given his tremendous skating, puck skills and vision. He is more likely to return to HK Nitra for another year or play in the AHL for a season than he is to start the year in the NHL, however. Those seem like two excellent options to further his development and allow him to make mistakes in order to improve his decision-making by trial-and-error. Hadi Kalakeche

July 2022 – Nemec has been selected by the New Jersey Devils with the second overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Nemec cemented himself as one of the top prospects in the 2022 draft with an outstanding showing as the captain of Slovakia’s silver medal winning squad at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup over the summer.