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What Would Success Look Like for the 2020-21 New Jersey Devils?

What Would Success Look Like for the 2020-21 New Jersey Devils?

Tom Fitzgerald will have his first season as a GM in likely very different circumstances than normal. What would success look like to him for 2020-21? | Photo by Andrew Maclean/NHLI via Assuming there will be a 2020-21 season, one of the questions facing a New Jersey Devils team is what would success in 2020-21 look like for them. This post offers a suggested goal for the team after two straight miserable seasons. The New Jersey Devils went into the 2019-20 season with heaps of confidence and hope from the fans that they would make a push for the playoffs. They faceplanted. Hard. The...
14 hours ago
DitD & Open Post - 10/30/20: Are We Any Better? Edition

DitD & Open Post - 10/30/20: Are We Any Better? Edition

Corey Crawford: He plays for the Devils now! | Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 10/30/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links Dawson Mercer and Graeme Clarke get invites to Team Canada’s selection camp for its 2021 World Junior Championship roster: Devils forward prospects Dawson Mercer ('20) and Graeme Clarke ('19) have been named to Team Canada's selection camp.#WeAreOne | #NJDevilshttps://t.co/2jWpdvZ2jp— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 29, 2020 A contract for Colton White: #NEWS: We have re-signed defenseman Colton...
Oct 29, 2020
Jack Hughes and the Possibility of a Breakout Season

Jack Hughes and the Possibility of a Breakout Season

More of this celebrating next season please. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The 2019-20 campaign was rough for young New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes, but with his natural skill set, there should be optimism surrounding him for 2020-21. April 9, 2019 is a day that still stands out in many New Jersey Devils fans’ heads; the team struck their second #1 overall pick in Devils franchise history, and had the privilege to select highly touted prospect Jack Hughes. That is exactly what they would do come night one of the 2019 NHL draft, adding Hughes to a roster that was still growing, but...
Oct 28, 2020
Garden State of Hockey- Episode 68: New Coaches and The Outsiders

Garden State of Hockey- Episode 68: New Coaches and The Outsiders

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via We begin to unveil the players who didn’t make the Top 25 Under 25 and discuss the new faces behind the bench. There was some news in the world of the New Jersey Devils this week as they completed their coaching staff with the hires of Chris Taylor and Dave Rogalski. John took a look at their ascent to the Devils bench. Additionally, the Devils signed Dmitry Kulikov to a one year deal as another depth defenseman. Finally, in more site-specific news, we have begun the rollout of our Top 25 Under 25 Prospects list. In this episode, we talk about the...
Oct 28, 2020
GM Tom Fitzgerald Has Had an Eventful Beginning to His Devils Tenure — What Do We Know About His Style Now?

GM Tom Fitzgerald Has Had an Eventful Beginning to His Devils Tenure — What Do We Know About His Style Now?

Photo by Andrew Maclean/NHLI via He’s already made deadline deals, three 1st round picks, free agent acquisitions, and his footprint is already clearly made on the roster. Tom Fitzgerald took over a sinking ship. The Devils were spiraling and the biggest asset had already been shipped. He entered a trade deadline with very few marketable assets, before an offseason with no obvious direction, with a roster filled with holes. So Fitz got to work. The most obvious, but one of the toughest moves to make was to trade captain Andy Greene. He has been a stabilizing force on the back end for...
Oct 28, 2020
DitD & Open Post - 10/28/20: Our Guy Ty Edition

DitD & Open Post - 10/28/20: Our Guy Ty Edition

KELOWNA, BC - JANUARY 31: Ty Smith #24 of the Spokane Chiefs skates with the puck against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place on January 31, 2020 in Kelowna, Canada. Smith was selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL entry draft by the New Jersey Devils. | Photo by Marissa Baecker/ New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 10/28/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links What kind of role will Ty Smith have with the Devils this season? What about Dmitry Kulikov? Will there be a dark horse/surprise roster guy? Those questions and more in this Devils-centric mailbag: [The...
Oct 27, 2020
New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 10/27/20

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 10/27/20

RW Fabian Zetterlund is the latest Devils prospect to go out on loan in Europe. He’ll join AIK in Hockey Allsvenskan, Sweden’s 2nd tier, to get some game time in before training camp starts for the Devils. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ This week’s prospect update saw Fabian Zetterlund go out on loan in Sweden, Arseni Gritsyuk continue to show he’s too good for the junior level in Russia, and Nick Merkley stay hot in Liiga action in Finland. The 3rd week of the 2020-21 New Jersey Devils prospect update is highlighted by Fabian Zetterlund going out on loan to AIK in the Allsvenskan,...
Oct 26, 2020
The 2020 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Outsiders from #52 to #26

The 2020 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Outsiders from #52 to #26

Nikita Okhotyuk and 26 other New Jersey Devils under the age of 25 missed the 2020 Top 25 list. | Photo by Chris Tanouye/ After nearly two weeks of discussion and votes, the 2020 All About the Jersey Top 25 New Jersey Devils players Under 25 is completed. This post goes over the 27 players who missed the Top 25 List this year. It is now time to reveal this year’s All About the Jersey Top 25 New Jersey Devils players Under 25 list. This is the ninth annual list where we ask and answer the question: Who are the best young players in the system? This is an exercise in perception as...
Oct 26, 2020
DitD & Open Post - 10/26/20: New Hires Edition

DitD & Open Post - 10/26/20: New Hires Edition

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Ralph Krueger and Interim Assistant Coach Chris Taylor watch from the bench during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. | Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 10/26/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links Some new additions to Lindy Ruff’s coaching staff: #NEWS: We have named Chris Taylor as assistant coach and Dave Rogalski as goaltending coach. Welcome to the fam, Chris and Dave! #WeAreOne |...
Oct 25, 2020
New Jersey Devils Players With a Lot to Prove in 2021

New Jersey Devils Players With a Lot to Prove in 2021

They played on an effective line together in 2017-18, but have struggled to develop their respective games since. | Photo by Elsa/ The Devils are in the process of rebuilding, and may move some players if they seem like they will be outplayed by prospects. On Friday, I reviewed players who were in Binghamton last season who might make the roster in 2021. Today, we're taking a look at members of the New Jersey Devils who are at a critical point in their time with the team and their careers in general. There's a lot at stake for them, given their youth and ability on the ice. However, if...
Oct 24, 2020
Potential Defensive Pairings for the Coming Season

Potential Defensive Pairings for the Coming Season

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Change is on the way for the Devils, particularly in the defensive side of the ice. Gone are Mirco Mueller and Dakota Mermis (With Sami Vatanen and Andy Greene traded prior to the deadline). Added to the fray are long time Blue Jacket Ryan Murray and the recently signed Dmitry Kulikov. In the previous season, according to Money Puck, the most commonly used pairs were Greene-Subban and Severson-Vatanen before the trade deadline, and Subban paired with Severson after. Before we talk about what the defensive pairings could look like with these new additions,...
Oct 23, 2020
New Jersey Devils Hire Two More Coaches: Chris Taylor and Dave Rogalski

New Jersey Devils Hire Two More Coaches: Chris Taylor and Dave Rogalski

Chris Taylor (foreground, holding a paper and pen) and Dave Rogalski are now coaches on the New Jersey Devils. | Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via This morning, the New Jersey Devils announced that they hired Chris Taylor as an assistant coach and Dave Rogalski as a goaltending coach. This post goes over what Taylor and Rogalski did before being hired and notes that this likely completes Lindy Ruff’s coaching staff. This morning, the New Jersey Devils announced that they have hired two more coaches for the team. Chris Taylor has been hired as an assistant coach, joining Mark Recchi and...
Oct 23, 2020
Evaluating the Devils’ Internal Options to Fill Spots at Forward

Evaluating the Devils’ Internal Options to Fill Spots at Forward

Yegor Sharangovich has been on a good run in the KHL. | Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via With multiple empty roster spots, the Devils will have a lot of players on the roster in 2021 who mostly played in Binghamton last season. Following yesterday’s signing of Dmitry Kulikov, it appears that the New Jersey Devils might not be totally done in unrestricted free agency. However, at this point of the offseason, I would not be expecting Tom Fitzgerald to make many more moves aside from re-signing his remaining restricted free agents and signing a couple contracts for Binghamton. With 39...
Oct 23, 2020
DitD & Open Post - 10/23/20: New Guy Edition

DitD & Open Post - 10/23/20: New Guy Edition

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 06: Dmitry Kulikov #7 of the Winnipeg Jets is pressured by Elias Lindholm #28 of the Calgary Flames during the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Qualification Round at Rogers Place on August 06, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. | Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 10/23/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links Hey, a new guy: #NEWS: We have signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year contract. Welcome to Jerz! #WeAreOne | @InvestorsBank https://t.co/WlqIdlVHIE— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils)...
Oct 22, 2020
New Jersey Devils Sign Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for One Season, $1.15 Million

New Jersey Devils Sign Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for One Season, $1.15 Million

Dmitry Kulikov is now coming to New Jersey | Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils signed left-handed veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a $1.15 million contract for one season. This post reacts to the deal, goes in depth about how Kulikov played for Winnipeg last season, and offers thoughts about the signing. This afternoon, the New Jersey Devils signed a veteran defenseman with the intent of strengthening their blueline. The team announced that they signed left-handed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a $1.15 million contract for the 2020-21 season. The...