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New Jersey Devils Name Roster for Prospect Challenge Tournament

September 3rd, 2015 at 7:44 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With training camp just around the corner, the New Jersey Devils have named their roster for the Prospect Challenge tournament that will take place next weekend. Besides the red and black, the other two teams that will be featured are the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins. The roster includes the Devils 2015 first-round pick Pavel Zacha, and last years first-rounder as well, John Quenneville.

The Devils, Sabres, and Bruins are all receiving a unique opportunity. It is rare that several teams get the chance to have their prospects play against others in this setting. This tournament will only help New Jersey grow and develop their prospects as soon as possible.

The only players that are eligible to play in the tournament are the prospects that are still on their entry-level contracts. Therefore, players like Stefan Matteau, Damon Severson, Jon Merrill, and Sergey Kalinin are ineligible to partake in the prospects challenge tournament. To qualify as a rookie, a player cannot have played more than 25 NHL games in any amount of seasons.

This tournament is a tremendous opportunity for New Jersey to evaluate their prospects and give them a chance to play together. Here is the roster that will be attending the prospects challenge tournament.

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New Jersey Devils Captain Bryce Salvador Announces His Retirement

September 2nd, 2015 at 11:33 AM
By Edward Allegretto

Today, New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 14 seasons. Salvador made his announcement in an article on the Players' Tribune.

"Today I am retiring from the National Hockey League," Salvador wrote in the article. "I achieved my goal of coming back so that my boys would be able to remember me as an NHL player, and now I am content to step away on my own terms. But I am not leaving hockey, and I am not leaving New Jersey or the Devils. The organization never stopped believing in me, even when I was spinning around in office chairs."

The 39-year-old will continue to work for the Devils and with youth hockey organizations in New Jersey. The defenseman played the last seven and a half seasons with the red and black. After missing the the entire 2010-2011 season with a cochlear (inner ear) concussion, Salvador returned fresh in the 2011-2012 season and help lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals. During the postseason, he played 24 games and scored four goals and added 10 assists. After that performance, he was named team captain but struggled to stay healthy.

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What to Expect from the New Jersey Devils

September 1st, 2015 at 10:48 AM
By Edward Allegretto

With the National Hockey League season about a month and a half away, the New Jersey Devils are getting ready to start their training camp and prepare their team for the 2015-2016 season. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive years, what can Devils fans expect from the red and black? With a new general manager in Ray Shero, and a new head coach John Hynes expect New Jersey to have a much different game plan throughout their games.

Shero has been working hard this offseason, and he had numerous changes to make. He brought in a whole new coaching staff, front office staff, and scouting department. The general manager also made a plethora of changes to their roster. The Devils have been one of the oldest teams in the NHL the past few seasons, hence the changes that Shero has made in an attempt to put together a young squad.

The last three seasons the red and blacks offense has been less than stellar. Last season New Jersey finished third-to-last in goals scored and are still missing another top six forward or two. Most likely, the offense will struggle again to put together consistent goal scoring numbers to win a lot of high scoring games.

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Should the New Jersey Devils Give Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier a Tryout

August 31st, 2015 at 9:43 AM
By Edward Allegretto

It is obvious that the New Jersey Devils need help on offense, but should they give former red and black players Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier a tryout to give the team more options?

While it is likely that general manager Ray Shero will bring at least one player in for a try out, it probably will not be either Gomez or Bernier. With Shero bringing in numerous young players and prospects, it is clear that Shero is rebuilding the prospect pool and giving them every opportunity to play in order to make them reach their potential.

"That's not a direction I'm looking to go at this point," Shero said. "I think we made a decision back before the draft to let Bernier go to free agency and let him go in a different direction. Obviously they haven't signed anywhere yet, but I'm sure they are working on some things themselves."

Clearly Shero feels that he needs to bring in different players to spark New Jersey. The general manager wants to give the younger players a chance to shine and showcase their talents.

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Ranking the New Jersey Devils Top Three Defensive Prospects

August 30th, 2015 at 12:44 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The New Jersey Devils have numerous prospects, but very few with the likelihood of being a top rated player in the NHL. On defense however, the red and black have a plethora of solid prospects that could have an impact in the future. The organization has been working on building up their defense the past few years, which is why the team has struggled on offense the recent years.

1) Damon Severson: The 21-year-old excelled early on in his rookie season last year. But, when he fractured his ankle an missed around six weeks, his progression was slowed down, and when he returned he was still rusty. Severson has the potential to be an outstanding top four defenseman, due to the fact that he has a strong two-way game. He is very good on the offensive end with his passing and good shot. Severson is also responsible on the defensive end of the ice. Obviously he still has some things to improve upon, but he is still very young and has plenty of time next season to develop.

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