A new season, with new players and new numbers and they’re all here. Soon enough they’ll be hitting the ice. When they do, you’ll know exactly who they are. Introducing your 2015-16 New Jersey Devils.
#1 Keith Kinkaid G:
Kinkaid is in his third season with the Devils. Last season Kinkaid became the only goalie in league history to have his first three starts go to a shootout. On the whole, Kinkaid went 6-5-4, registering a goals-against average of 2.59 and a .915 save percentage.
#2 John Moore D:
Moore is in his first season with the Devils. Between the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes, Moore played 57 games last year, accumulating eleven points and 30 penalty minutes.
#5 Adam Larsson D:
Larsson is in his fifth season with the Devils. Last season Larsson established career highs with three goals, 21 assists and 24 points.
#6 Andy Greene (C) D:
Greene is the longest tenured homegrown Devils defenceman, in his tenth season with the club. Greene was the lone Devils player to appear in all 82 games last season and has played in 229 straight contests, second in franchise history to Ken Daneyko and his 388.
#7 Jon Merrill D:
Merrill is in his third season with the Devils. Across 66 contests, Merrill recorded careers bests with 12 helpers and 14 points.
#8 David Schlemko D:
Schlemko is in his first season with the Devils. This is Schlemko’s sixth NHL campaign. Splitting 44 games last season between the Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames, Schlemko posted four points, plus one assist across eleven playoff games with the Flames.
#9 Jiri Tlusty C:
Tlusty is in his first season with the Devils. Tlusty is entering his ninth NHL campaign. Splitting 72 games between the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets last season, Tlusty registered 14 goals, 17 assists and 31 points. Tlusty appeared in four postseason contests with Winnipeg.
#11 Stephen Gionta C:
Gionta is in his sixth season with the Devils. Last season Gionta potted a career best five goals.
#12 Reid Boucher LW:
Boucher is in his third season with the Devils. Last season Boucher potted one marker in 12 games. Additionally, Boucher posted 30 points in 62 contests at AHL Albany last year.
#13 Mike Cammalleri LW:
Cammalleri is in his second season with the Devils. Last season Cammalleri led the club with 27 markers, most ever by a Devils’ free agent acquisition.
#14 Adam Henrique C:
Henrique is in his sixth season with the Devils. Henrique’s 43 points led New Jersey last season.
#15 Tuomo Ruutu LW:
Ruutu is in his third season with the Devils. Across 77 contests, Ruutu totaled 13 points.
#16 Jacob Josefson C:
Josefson is in his sixth season with the Devils. Last season set career bests with six goals, five helpers and eleven points.
#18 Brian O’Neill C:
O’Neill is in his first season with the Devils. Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, O’Neill was the AHL regular season MVP in 2014-15. Leading the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup title, O’Neill totaled 80 points in 71 games and 19 more in 20 postseason contests.
#19 Travis Zajac (A) C:
Zajac is in his tenth season with the Devils. In 74 games, Zajac totaled eleven tallies, 14 helpers and 25 points. Last season Zajac hit a milestone of 600 games played.
#20 Lee Stempniak RW:
Stempniak is in his first season with the Devils. In his thirteenth season, the Devils are Stempniak’s eighth team. In 71 games between the Rangers and Jets last year, Stempniak totaled 15 goals, 13 assists and 28 points. Stempniak notched one goal across four postseason contests with the Jets.
#21 Kyle Palmieri C:
Palmieri is in his first season with the Devils. Palmieri is entering his fifth NHL campaign. Last season with the Anaheim Ducks, Palmieri registered 14 goals, 15 assists and 29 points in 57 contests, as well as one goal, three helpers and four points across 16 postseason contests. Palmieri grew up in Montvale, NJ, attending St. Peter’s Prep high school in Jersey City, NJ.
#22 Jordin Tootoo RW:
Tootoo is in his second season with the Devils. Across 68 games, Tootoo posted ten goals and a club best 72 penalty minutes. Tootoo was also nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
#25 Stefan Matteau LW:
Matteau is in his third season with the Devils. Registered a goal against the Montreal Canadiens on April 3. Posted a professional best 27 points in 61 games at AHL Albany last season.
#26 Patrik Elias (A) LW:
Elias is in his twentieth season with the Devils, is the longest tenured Devils’ forward and is the lone remaining link to the Devils’ 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup championship winning squads. Elias leads the Devils in virtually every franchise scoring category. Last season Elias eclipsed the mark of 400 goals, 600 assists and 1,000 points.
#28 Damon Severson D:
Severson is in his second season with the Devils. After a fast start to the 2014-15 campaign, Severson looked to be in the running for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Sidetracked by an ankle injury, Severson still accrued five markers, 12 helpers and 17 points. Severson’s five tallies were second among Devils’ blueliners. Severson was the first rookie rearguard in franchise history to post three multi-point games in his first eight contests.
#35 Cory Schneider G:
Schneider is in his third season with the Devils. Last season set career bests with 68 games played, five shutouts and 26 victories. In 2014-15, Schneider’s .925 save percentage ranked fifth in the NHL and his 2.26 goals-against average was ninth.
#44 Eric Gelinas D:
Gelinas is in his fourth season with the Devils. Last season Gelinas topped all Devils blueliners with six goals.
#51 Sergei Kalinin C:
Kalinin is in his first season with the Devils. Last year in the KHL, Kalinin notched 25 points across 58 games with Avangard Omsk Region.
Michael Gwizdala covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writers. Michael is also an Associate Producer at WNYT NewsChannel 13. Additionally, Michael was once a Media Relations intern for the AHL Albany River Rats. Michael is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.