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Assessing the Depth of the New Jersey Devils Young Defenders

April 26th, 2015 at 11:02 AM
By Edward Allegretto

We've said it before, the New Jersey Devils need goal-scorers, and they do not come cheap. With the red and black have access to a plethora of young and talented defensemen, do not be alarmed if several of them are moved in order to add two more forwards for scoring help. Aside from Adam Larsson, Damon Severson, Jon Merrill and Eric Gelinas, we will take a look at the other defenders waiting in the wings in New Jersey's organization.

1: Steve Santini: The 20-year-old defenseman who plays for the Boston College Eagles was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL entry draft. Although Santini has yet to play at any pro level, he is expected to be a future star for the Devils. According to hockeysfuture.com, Santini is a "smart, efficient defensemen." He has a large frame and he uses it well with his hockey sense and physical play. Santini is the type of player the red and black need on defense, and smart no mistakes hockey player that plays defense at a very high level. Points wise Santini doesn't have any flare about him, but, it's his ability to clear the puck, make the read, and fill in the correct gap that makes him a valuable prospect.

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Evaluating the New Jersey Devils Young Forwards

April 25th, 2015 at 10:28 AM
By Edward Allegretto

It is not a secret that the New Jersey Devils need to score goals. General manager Lou Lamoriello has said that he will target a goal-scorer in the upcoming NHL entry draft, but he also feels that the organization has some young talent that will be able to score goals on a consistent basis. But will any of them be able to come up next season and have an immediate impact is the question.

1: Joseph Blandisi: Blandisi was recently named OHL's overage player of the year. The 20-year-old center scored 52 goals in 68 games for the Barrie Colts. The red and black signed him back on January 14 and has improved each game he has played in. The only problem with Blandisi is the fact that he has not played in the AHL yet for Albany Devils. Perhaps New Jersey wants to see how he handles that league before they call him up to the NHL. Either way, his numbers over the course of the year with Barrie was impressive. Blandisi totaled 112 points and added 60 assists to his 52 goals. If he continues to maintain those numbers, then the Devils will have a young goal scorer on their team that can help them make a push back into the playoffs.

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What the New Jersey Devils Must Do This Offseason

April 24th, 2015 at 4:54 PM
By Edward Allegretto

After missing the playoffs for three straight seasons, the New Jersey Devils have some work to do if they want to be contenders for the Stanley Cup next year. Believe it or not, the red and black are not that far away to reaching the playoffs again. The organization needs to do three things in order to return to the postseason.

1: Draft an NHL ready goal scorer: With the six overall pick in the upcoming 2015 NHL draft, New Jersey has plenty of options to choose from. The two players the Devils must keep and eye on are; Dylan Strome and Mikko Rantanen. Strome, who played alongside number one prospect Connor McDavid has shown many signs that he is ready to become a star in the league. However, he is projected to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs with the number four pick so he may be out of reach. As for Rantanen, he is considered to be the most NHL ready by scouts. The winger also fits the red and blacks play style perfectly. He is a big body they plays well against the boards and he is also a playmaker. Rantanen is this drafts number one European prospect and he plays his hockey in Finland. New Jersey would be extremely pleased if Rantanen was on the board at number six, he is 18 and can definitely be brought in next year to make an impact. According to eliteprospects.com, Rantanen is an excellent playmaker is always threat to the other team.

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Projecting the New Jersey Devils Starting Defensive Lineup for the 2015-2016 Season

April 23rd, 2015 at 1:46 PM
By Edward Allegretto

After going through the New Jersey Devils projected offensive lineup, it is clear that general manger Lou Lamoriello needs to bring in at least two free agents/ available forwards in order to keep some of the role players on the lower lines. Jacob Josefson, Stephen Gionta, Jordin Tootoo, and Steve Bernier all showed moments of greatness but all of them besides Bernier should be on the lower two lines for the red and black to have success.

With several players contracts expiring, New Jersey has some decisions to make. Do they resign Bernier, Gomez, and Tootoo, or are they hoping to sign and trade for replacements? Bernier and Gomez should definitely be resigned for the right price. As for Tootoo, perhaps he should be let go due to the fact they have too many role players on their roster. Everything leads to he defensive end, with so much young talent one or two will be traded in order to better the team. Here's a look at a projection for next years defensive pairings.

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Projecting the New Jersey Devils Starting Offensive Lineup for the 2015-2016 Season

April 22nd, 2015 at 4:52 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The New Jersey Devils have been having a pretty quiet offseason thus far. Besides Adam Henrique having wrist surgery, not much has been going on. However, general manager Lou Lamoriello knows that he must make some noise before the season starts in order to put together a team suitable enough to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.With players remaining, and other players who will be signed or traded for coming in, what can we expect in terms of a lineup from New Jersey? Taking into account possible trade scenarios, and the number six overall pick in the NHL draft, here is a projection at what the red and blacks lines could look like next season.

Line One: Adam Henrique- Eric Staal- Steve Bernier, this line combination relies on two things; if the Devils trade for Staal and if they resign Bernier who is on a contract year. Assuming those scenarios happen, this could be a fantastic top line for the team. With rumors about Staal being available, there are other players the red and black could make a move for, but Staal makes the most sense. All three have tremendous scoring potential, and both Henrique and Staal can pass real well. Having Bernier there also protects the other two due to his physicality, it really is a good match for all three.

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