We have all made mistakes. Some of us have made some really bad decisions in our lives. If you’re lucky, it wasn’t something as tragic as what Myles Bell has gone through.
On a fateful night in April 2011, Bell made the biggest mistake of his life. He got behind the wheel of a car when he had too much to drink. He ended up getting into a car accident that killed a female passenger. When he got into the accident, he was a projected first-round pick.
Bell went from a first-round pick to a guy who went undrafted two years in a row. One awful mistake turned him from a surefire prospect to a guy every team felt like they could pass on. Last season, Bell was converted to forward for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. He ended up scoring 93 points in 69 games.
Bell has one of the hardest shots you will see in hockey. At 17-years old, he was able to hit 98 mph on his slapshot. He used that slapshot to start scoring goals at a fast clip. He has some work to do getting acclimated to playing offense, but he has a ton of potential.
The New Jersey Devils may have gotten one of the biggest draft steals in team history. It isn’t a secret that the team is very weak when it comes to forward prospects. The list reads Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau … and that pretty much ends the list. With so many first-round forwards flaming out for the Devils, namely Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson, it would be really nice to think that a sixth-round pick could end up working out.
This is one of those low-risk, high-reward situations that every GM loves, especially Lou Lamoriello. Bell has been an upstanding citizen since his accident and doesn’t seem to bring any bad publicity to his teams. He is someone who I am very excited to see develop. He is a guy who has the skills to be very good in the future.
He is still technically a project, but one that can be very profitable for the Devils. Keep your eye on this kid.