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NJ Devils Grab What They Need

NJ Devils Grab What They Need

February 23rd, 2018 Late last night, the New Jersey Devils acquired right-winger Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick and defenseman Yegor Rykov. Grabner, 30, has 25 goals this season and should provide solid scoring depth for the Devils. The Scoring Threat the Devils...
Rangers Trade Grabner to Devils

Rangers Trade Grabner to Devils

February 22nd, 2018 The New York Rangers have traded veteran forward Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a second-round draft pick and defensive prospect Igor Rykov, Darren Dreger announced Thursday night following the Rangers 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. This is the first trade between the...

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February 6th, 2018
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“I saw a few highlights of him playing in Sweden. He’s an interesting story - he didn’t play in the Swedish Elite League, he played in the second league with AIK and had a really good year. He got the chance over here and I’m happy that they give players like that a chance - he’s not the biggest guy but he has tons of speed and skill, and his vision on the ice is top-notch. But also he wasn’t just given the chance, he had to take it too and he made the best of it.” That’s what Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg (37-years-old) recently told The Hockey Writers about his fellow countryman - New Jersey Devils rookie Jesper Bratt (19-years-old) - when asked if he was aware of the rookie. Like Zetterberg (1999 NHL Draft, 7th round/210th overall), Bratt was a late round pick (2016 NHL Draft, 6th round/162 overall) and had to earn his way into the NHL by developing his game and working harder than others in New Jersey’s training camp. Swedish Hero “Oh yeah,...
January 30th, 2018
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Last week was quite the whirlwind for goaltender Ken Appleby. After being recalled from the AHL’s Binghamton Devils to backup Keith Kinkaid on the New Jersey Devils with Cory Schneider sidelined (illness) the 22-year-old was pressed into action when Kinkaid was injured in Philadelphia. The next game Schneider returned (a 3-0 home loss to Detroit) and Appleby was the backup as Kinkaid was sidelined with a groin injury. One night later Appleby was again called upon as Schneider was injured at the end of the second period of a 3-2 loss in Boston. Two days later the 22-year-old got his first NHL start in New Jersey against the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, who are currently one of the top-five teams in the league. Not an easy task. “Obviously I was a little nervous, but I think that’s going to happen to anyone playing they're first ever National Hockey League game,” Appleby told reporters after a 3-0 loss to the Preds. “Once things got going I...
January 29th, 2018
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The Devils got off to a torrid start this season posting a 22-9-5 record through their first 36 games and found themselves in a neck-and-neck race for first place with the Capitals. However, since Dec. 29th they are just 2-7-3 and lost four consecutive games headed into the All-Star break. So what’s been the reason for their downturn? Devils Defense Holding Their Own We’ll begin with what’s gone well. The Devils' defense hasn’t performed as poorly as one might suspect. They’ve suppressed shots at a rate of 50.9 shot attempts against per 60 minutes. That’s good for second best in the league, only trailing the Boston Bruins. They’ve also allowed 27.3 scoring chances against per 60 minutes, which is 13th in the league, although they’re 19th in higher danger chances against per 60 (via Natural Stat Trick). The result is having an expected goals for of 51.6%, which isn’t too shabby and sits 13th in the NHL. It’d be fair to assume a team that’s done an adequate...
January 25th, 2018
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When the New Jersey Devils signed Ben Lovejoy in the summer of 2016, he had big shoes to fill. The team had just traded Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall, leaving a void on their blue line. Lovejoy was expected to eat some of the minutes they lost in Larsson. Needless to say, he had a tough time producing in his first season and found himself logging heavy minutes out of his comfort zone. Now, a year later, you could say things have changed a bit. Lovejoy’s Prominent Turnaround Evaluating a player such as Lovejoy can, at times, be difficult. He's not an offensive threat, so relying on your eyes, as well as a deep look at his numbers, is crucial. In order to give of us an idea of his play, I made a table listing some five-on-five advanced stats that highlight Lovejoy’s one-eighty. Stat 2016-17 2017-18 Games Played  82 26 Corsi For (CF%) 44.1% 52.9% Relative Corsi For (Rel CF%) -5.7% 5.4% Expected Goals For (xGF%) 44.8% 55.4% Relative xGF...

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