Devils Should Hang on to Butcher Despite Regression

Devils Should Hang on to Butcher Despite Regression

March 27th, 2020 It was a tough season for New Jersey Devils' defenseman, Will Butcher. After finishing with 44 points in 81 games and being named to NHL All-Rookie team in 2017-18, his production has declined in each of the last two seasons. Not only have his point totals fallen off, but his play took a...
3 Devils Free Agent Targets

3 Devils Free Agent Targets

March 26th, 2020 It seemed that New Jersey Devils fans were ecstatic prior to the 2019-20 campaign’s puck drop, after the organization’s memorable offseason transactions. Regardless of the NHL’s postponement on this season, the Devils were on the verge of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second...

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March 21st, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Vancouver Canucks have arguably their best player back and ready to roll if the season resumes, but there are questions about his contract situation. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, there are questions about what the team should do with goaltender Corey Schneider. NHL owners will get together for a conference call on Monday to talk financial concerns and, in some good news, the Boston Bruins have finally done the right thing for their arena employees. Update on Jacob Markstrom According to GM Jim Benning, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom has fully recovered from his knee injury and is ready to go in the event the season resumes. Unfortunately, there are no certainties the Canucks will be in the playoffs this season and there are questions about extending Markstrom during a time of salary cap uncertainty. Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson) Benning spoke about his...
March 20th, 2020
Devils Prospects

The New Jersey Devils acquired a few new prospects via trade this season. With 2019-20 at a standstill, let's look at the positive impact these additions have made on the overall quality of their prospect pool. This list of top 10 prospects is based on a simple metric has been used to rank the players. Related: Devils Improved Prospect Pool Through Trades Players were given a ranking based on a 1-10 scale in two categories: NHL Readiness and NHL Potential. NHL Readiness ranks how close a player is to playing in the NHL. NHL Potential ranks what kind of impact that player is likely to have at the next level. For the sake of this article, any player who no longer qualifies as an NHL rookie was not considered a prospect. Honorable Mention: Nathan Bastian, Right Wing, 41st Overall, 2016 Bastian just misses the cut. His ceiling has capped out. He was drafted on the hope that he would become a James Van Riemsdyk-type player, but that hasn't happened. However, he has shown...
March 20th, 2020
Devils Goaltending

There weren't a lot of positives for the New Jersey Devils before the NHL suspended play because of the coronavirus. But the team was beginning to win some games, as they were 11-5-5 over their last 21 contests. A significant reason for that was the emergence of goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, who went 8-1-2 with a save percentage (SV%) of .941 over his final 11 games played. Had not it been for Blackwood, the Devils would likely have been heading for a similar point-pace as the Detroit Red Wings. His emergence shows he can be a legitimate starter in the NHL. And because his rookie status carried over from a season ago, he should be among the Calder finalists whenever the season comes to an official end.  Blackwood's Rise to the Top Blackwood did not get off to a great start this season. He was thrown into the fire against the Winnipeg Jets when Cory Schneider left the team's season opener due to cramping. He then had to make a start less than 24 hours...
March 19th, 2020
New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils defense needed a facelift and it is currently in the midst of that process after the trades this season that shipped out two expiring contracts in former captain Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen. There is still work to do whenever the off-season begins and with more free time than we know what to do with these days here are a couple of options that the Devils could be looking at once the current season is finished or canceled and the preparations for the 2020-21 season begins. New Jersey Devils' defenseman Damon Severson should earn top-pair minutes next season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) In my plan to rebuild the New Jersey blueline only three of the players on the roster at the time of the pause in the current season will be returning - PK Subban, Damon Severson, and Dakota Mermis. Crazy, right? Maybe not, hear me out.  What Happens in Vegas… We’re letting Fredrik Claesson walk, or re-signing him with the purpose of assigning him to the...

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New Jersey Devils: Top 10 Rookie Seasons

This article was originally published in October, 2014. His name is Damon Severson. He may not be Tom Seaver's son but the New Jersey Devils' rookie blue liner has been nothing short of terrific thus far. Wearing number 28, Severson is evoking memories of another defenceman to don those digits.... September 12th, 2017

Martin Brodeur: Keeper Of New Jersey

This article was originally written in February, 2016. When one thinks of ways to describe Martin Brodeur, many words come to mind. Stanley Cup champion. Gold medal winner. Vezina Trophy winner. Workhorse. Consistent. Clutch. Class. You don't have to take my word for it, you could ask some of... August 22nd, 2017