The first round of the 2013 NHL Draft was supposed to be void of current or future collegians, but in a stunning draft day trade, college hockey alums became part of the top ten.
The New Jersey Devils traded the ninth overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks in return for goaltender Cory Schneider. The former Boston College Eagles star had been in a heated goaltending controversy with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.
Schneider will likely become the heir apparent to the Devils' future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. Schneider, from Marblehead, Mass., will most likely platoon with Brodeur for the 2013-14 season.
Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has a history with college hockey players. The former Providence College coach is such prominent college hockey alum that the Hockey East Tournament's trophy is named in his honor. He was one of the founding coaches of the league.
Jeff Cox covers college hockey, the NHL Draft and the American Hockey League for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.