New Jersey Devils director of amateur scouting David Conte said he's excited that fans from the Garden State will have an opportunity to see what an NHL Draft is all about on June 30 at Prudential Center.

Other than that, the draft will be business as usual. Except, of course, for the shorter drive to the arena to begin his work day.

"We want to pick the best player," Conte told NHL.com. "I'm sure the fact we'll be in front of our fans will mean whichever player we choose will feel the impact of that. Me, personally, I'm going to try to block that part of it out."

Chris Lamoriello, the general manager of the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany, is excited New Jersey will get a taste of all the pomp and circumstance of an NHL Draft.

"I think the most exciting thing is knowing fans will get an opportunity to share in the draft experience," Lamoriello told NHL.com. "Getting a chance to see that next wave of Devils and being there when the selection is made is going to be special. We've never hosted the draft before, so it'll be a good experience within a new building. We think it's a great opportunity for the fans to get another look at what we do and this whole process of building a team."
The Devils hold the ninth selection in the first round -- the first of four picks that will be made by the team. All seven rounds of the draft will be conducted on the same day for the first time since 2006.

"Are we happy with where we're allowed to pick and the picks we've made in the past? Yes," Conte said. "But we're not satisfied with the performance of our team [in 2012-13], but that's not their fault. It's our fault since we have to help improve the club. As a team, we need to play better, and hopefully our prospects can one day be conduits to that."

Conte said he's been pleased with the recent progression of many of the organization's top draft prospects. Reid Boucher is one such gem. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound right wing was signed to an entry-level contract by the team on March 13 and could turn out to be a draft-day steal.

"It's pretty hard not to be happy with a fourth-round guy who gets 60-plus goals and has done a great job with himself physically," Conte said. "Ironically, his year took off after [Montreal Canadiens rookie Alex] Galchenyuk left [for the NHL]. That showed a lot of impetus on his part to elevate his game, as opposed to cry about not having a great player with him."

The fourth-round draft pick (No. 99) in 2011 has spent the past two seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. He led the league with 62 goals -- 12 more than any player -- to surpass Steven Stamkos' club record of 58. Boucher also led the league in power-play goals (21) and finished fifth with 95 points. In 11 games with Albany, Boucher had three goals and five points.