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New Jersey Devils 2017 Season Preview



The New Jersey Devils have a franchise goalie in Cory Schneider. Schneider is under contract until 2023.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/23/2017.




New Jersey Devils Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Taylor Hall
Left Wing
72
6-foot-1-inches
201-pounds
20
33
53
Nico Hischier
Center
57
6-foot-0-inches
174-pounds
38
48
86
Kyle Palmieri
Right Wing
80
5-foot-11-inches
195-pounds
26
27
53

New Jersey Devils Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Adam Henrique
Left Wing
82
6-foot-0-inches
195-pounds
20
20
40
Travis Zajac
Center
80
6-foot-3-inches
205-pounds
14
31
45
Marcus Johansson
Right Wing
82
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
24
34
58

New Jersey Devils Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Miles Wood
Left Wing
60
6-foot-2-inches
195-pounds
8
9
17
Pavel Zacha
Center
75
6-foot-3-inches
185-pounds
8
16
24
Stefan Noesen
Right Wing
46
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
8
2
10

New Jersey Devils Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Blake Coleman
Left Wing
23
5-foot-11-inches
200-pounds
1
1
2
Brian Boyle
Center
75
6-foot-6-inches
245-pounds
13
12
25
Nick Lappin
Right Wing
43
6-foot-1-inches
174-pounds
4
3
7


New Jersey Devils Forwards Review The biggest strength of this offense has to be the amount of depth they have at center now with Nico Hischier anchoring the front line. Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmeri both had 53 points without Hischier. Imagine what that top line can do if they play all 82 games.


The second line is pretty potent too. Adam Henrique is a 40 point player back at left wing with Travis Zajac at center and Marcus Johansson at right wing in a Free Agency move from the Capitals. This line looks good.


New Jersey's third line will feature Pavel Zacha anchoring the third line at center. Brian Boyle will anchor the fourth line. This team is really deep at center this year, but the winger spots on the back 6 are up for grabs. If those guys can step up on the back-line than this will be a dangerous team moving forward.


New Jersey were 28th out of 30 teams in goals scored in the NHL last season. They also ranked 22nd out of teams on the power play. I'm guessing New Jersey improves quite a bit in both of those categories.




New Jersey Devils Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Andy Greene
Line 1
66
5-foot-11-inches
190-pounds
4
9
13
Damon Severson
Line 1
80
6-foot-2-inches
205-pounds
3
28
31
John Moore
Line 2
57
6-foot-3-inches
210-pounds
12
10
22
Ben Lovejoy
Line 2
82
6-foot-1-inches
206-pounds
1
7
8
Michael Kalpa
Line 3
5
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
0
0
0
Mirco Mueller
Line 3
4
6-foot-3-inches
210-pounds
1
1
2


New Jersey Devils Defensemen Review New Jersey has team captain Andy Green and leading scorer on defense Damon Severson on the first line. The Ben Lovejoy and John Moore line looks decent as well. New Jersey has an awful third line of defense.


New Jersey finished 24th in goals allowed and 23rd in penalty killing. New Jersey has to improve on that if they have any chance of competing this season.



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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Cory Schneider
New Jersey Devils
59
20-27-11
2 Shutouts
.908
2.82 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Keith Kinkaid
New Jersey Devils
23
8-13-3
1 Shutout
.916
2.64 GAA


New Jersey Devils Goaltender Review Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid is a good goalie tandem. This team has two other good goalies on their AHL team as well.




New Jersey Devils Prospect Pool: Most of New Jersey's touted NHL prospects are already up in the NHL. Barrie Colts goalie MacKenzie Blackwood, the Devils second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is the top goalie available currently heading into his second AHL season as the starting goalie. You also got his backup Scott Wedgewood. John Quenville their 2014 first round pick is also in the AHL.




New Jersey Devils 2017-2018 Prediction


New Jersey has the forwards to contend. This team will go as far as their top two lines, centers on the back 6, and their goaltending takes them. I don't see a playoff team just yet even though I think they will end up in the 10-15 range when the 2018 NHL Draft rolls around. New Jersey is a lot better than most people realize even though I don't think this is a playoff team yet. It wouldn't shock me if they got there though because there are a lot more pieces in place than most realize.




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