NTDP Graduate Devin Kaplan Kicks Off College Career

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“Thereafter [draft] No one cares today,” Kaplan said of past successes. “My focus is to go to BU, do my best there, develop and see where I go from there.”

His journey from Plymouth to Boston began in northern New Jersey.

“I was four or five,” Kaplan said. “I was always at the rink, following my older brothers and going to their lessons. I fell in love with her and my parents decided to send me ice skating.”

Kaplan spent eight years with the New Jersey Rockets program before joining the North Jersey Avalanche for three years. During his tenure with the Avalanche, he scored 50 goals, which was good enough to earn him a spot with the NTDP.

“They looked around and invited me to try it,” he said. “It was based on your game all year and that’s how they picked the team.”

Kaplan played for the under-17 and under-18 teams during his two years with the NTDP. He also gained valuable international experience at the 2021 U18 Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland, helping USA capture the title. A year later, he took silver at the 2022 U18 World Championships in Germany.

“He started his identity as a power forward and played that identity a little more,” said current NTDP U17 head coach Nick Fohr, who was assistant coach of the U18 team while Kaplan was there. “When we got him he had skills, but he learned to use them with power in a hockey environment. He’s a big, strong kid and has learned to use his body and skills to his advantage, which isn’t always easy.”

Kaplan grew up a New York Rangers fan and hopes to one day play professionally at Madison Square Garden. That has to come after developing at the university he always wanted to attend.

“It was BU for me from the start,” Kaplan said. “You grew up in New Jersey and often go to Boston for tournaments, and I fell in love with the city.”

Fohr believes Kaplan can make an immediate difference at BU.

“He’s a great kid and it’s been a pleasure to be with him,” Fohr said. “As long as he maintains his identity and focus as a player to be the best and sticks to that [high] Standards of the BU trainers, the sky’s the limit.”

The Flyers are similar, as assistant general managers Brent Flahr told the Philadelphia Inquirer after development camp.

“As he gets bigger and stronger, he becomes quite a difficult player to play against and deal with, especially at net,” he said.

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