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New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Mirco Mueller for One Season, $1.4 Million

New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Mirco Mueller for One Season, $1.4 Million

Yes, Mueller has been re-signed for a year. | Photo by Elsa/ Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils announced that they came to terms with defenseman Mirco Mueller to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million million. This post goes over what Mueller did last season, how the Devils may use Mueller now, and what the Devils could do next. Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils announced that they have re-signed defenseman Mirco Mueller to a one-season contract worth $1.4 million. The 24-year old left-hand shooting defender will be up for a new deal next year. This contract also means that the...
Jul 22, 2019
Pavel Zacha & the Devils Forwards Were Amazing on the Penalty Kill in 2018-19

Pavel Zacha & the Devils Forwards Were Amazing on the Penalty Kill in 2018-19

Pavel Zacha was elite at something last season. Yes, really. | Photo by Paul Bereswill/ Despite how bad 2018-19 went for the New Jersey Devils, the team’s penalty kill was great. A big reason why was because their main forwards were so great in shorthanded situations - especially Pavel Zacha. Read on to learn how well the Devils forwards did in shorthanded situations. Not much went well for the New Jersey Devils last season. They finished 29th out of 31 teams. However, one thing about their performances was far from the bottom of the league: the penalty kill. They finished fourth...
Jul 22, 2019
Lineups With Style— Analyzing the Devils Current Roster by Playing Style

Lineups With Style— Analyzing the Devils Current Roster by Playing Style

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Using a model that turns playing stats into playing styles, we’ll look at which Devils skaters excel in what areas, who should be paired with who, and how their lines might look this coming season. Jack Hughes P.K. Subban Wayne Simmonds Jesper Boqvist Taylor Hall (remember him?) The 2019-2020 Devils lineup will consist of quite a few new faces from last season, even if GM Ray Shero is done making moves this off-season. Rumor has it he’s still ‘in the hunt’ for some more talent, but he’s had a pretty successful off-season so far and...
Jul 22, 2019
DitD & Open Post - 7/22/19: Fashionable 50 Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/22/19: Fashionable 50 Edition

Photo by Rachel Luna/WireImage New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/22/19 Here are your links for today: Devils Links P.K. Subban is a man of style. Sports Illustrated has honored your favorite new Devils defenseman in its annual Fashionable 50 for being one of the most stylish athletes in all of sports. [Sports Illustrated] Icon @PKSubban1 and trendsetter @lindseyvonn ❤ #Fashionable50 pic.twitter.com/zzp9WhnUWq— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 19, 2019 Which team has had the best offseason so far? The Devils get some love in this roundup from NHL.com writers:...
Jul 21, 2019
What it May Take for a New Jersey Devil to Score 50 Goals or 100 Points in a Season

What it May Take for a New Jersey Devil to Score 50 Goals or 100 Points in a Season

Pictured: Your best hope at a Devil scoring 100 points - for now. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The New Jersey Devils have never had a player score 50 goals or put up 100 points in a season. This post is a blue sky post that goes into what it may take for a Devil to achieve either and whether there are any Devils who can do it anytime soon. Last week, I wrote about Jack Hughes and gave my thoughts on which bonuses he may reach in his entry level contract. In the comments of that post, reader ConchoPete brought up this possibility: Not this season but he could be the first devil to get 100...
Jul 20, 2019
Home vs Road Splits; Home Ice Advantage?

Home vs Road Splits; Home Ice Advantage?

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Every hockey team likes to think they have home ice advantage that is meaningful. Did the Devils play much better at home last season than on the road? Let’s take a quick look. Last week, I wrote up a post about how the New Jersey Devils performed against other teams within the Metropolitan, highlighting that the division is certainly a tight one, and each of those games next season will be quite significant to a team that needs to improve drastically over last season if it hopes to push for a playoff position. If you looked at that chart I made up...
Jul 19, 2019
After the Collapse of the 2010s, the Devils Will Hope to Emerge from a Dark Decade this Season

After the Collapse of the 2010s, the Devils Will Hope to Emerge from a Dark Decade this Season

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via The Devils are exiting a decade that went very poorly for the team and saw the entire structure of the franchise crumble. With the calendar about to turn on the 2010s, the Devils might be positioned for a 2020s that will be significantly kinder to them and their fans. Fingers crossed. The Devils are not one of the NHL’s oldest franchises, but they have been around for quite a while and are one of the most successful franchises over the 37 years (36 seasons) since the team arrived in the Meadowlands in 1982. The team’s history in New Jersey now spans...
Jul 19, 2019
DitD & Open Post - 7/19/19: Horse Latitudes Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/19/19: Horse Latitudes Edition

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/19/19 Here are your links for today: Devils Links After Marty, there was ... not much to write home about. The Devils haven’t had much success drafting goaltenders, but perhaps there is reason to hope? A look at the organization’s goaltending prospects: [The Athletic ($)] NHL.com’s Team Reset series arrives at the New Jersey Devils. A look at where the Devils stand heading into the 2019-2020 season: [NHL] ICYMI: We are deep in the horse latitudes of summer, and C.J. created this great viz...
Jul 18, 2019
Favorite Current and All-Time New Jersey Devils

Favorite Current and All-Time New Jersey Devils

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via With yesterday’s discussion of favorite New Jersey Devils players as Pokemon, it got me wondering...who IS your favorite Devil, both now and all-time? July 18th My fellow Devils fans, I hope this letter finds you well. With that being said, I fear this summer may last forever. With development camp having come and gone, and Connor Carrick having received a new contract, the Devils have gone all but dark. In place of tangibles stories are just rumors swirling around. They say no news is good news, but with so many teams pressed up near or against the...
Jul 17, 2019
Which Pokemon is Your Favorite Devil?

Which Pokemon is Your Favorite Devil?

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via In which we debut a tool to help find the best Poke-matches for each player in the NHL It’s July 17th. That means we’re in the dog days of Summer and blogger such as myself start to get a bit bored drumming up the same stories of the offseason over and over again. So rather than do that, I decided to go totally off-book. I was on Twitter yesterday and saw this tweet from Corey Sznajder (All-3-Zone tracker extraordinaire) in which each Carolina defender was assigned a Pokemon. That sounded like a fun exercise and so I decided to give it a go myself. But...
Jul 17, 2019
DitD & Open Post - 7/17/19: The Pool Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/17/19: The Pool Edition

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/17/19 Here are your links for today: Devils Links Devils sign RFA Connor Carrick ahead of his arbitration hearing: The #NJDevils signed defenseman Connor Carrick (@connorcarrick) to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1,500,000.RELEASE: https://t.co/C14INIOmxx pic.twitter.com/GT1vy8A6Pm— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 16, 2019 John Hynes goes on NHL Network to talk about Jack Hughes and the Devils’ offseason: What does John Hynes expect out of #1 overall pick Jack...
Jul 16, 2019
New Jersey Devils Extend Connor Carrick for Two Seasons, $3 Million

New Jersey Devils Extend Connor Carrick for Two Seasons, $3 Million

Connor Carrick should be pleased today. He has a new contract with the Devils. | Photo by Elsa/ Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils announced that they re-signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract worth $3 million. This post goes over what Carrick did, how the Devils may use Carrick next season, and what the Devils could do next after this news. Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils announced that they have re-signed defenseman Connor Carrick. The new deal is a two-season contract worth $3 million, where he will be paid $1.5 million for each season. His cap hit will be...
Jul 16, 2019
A Look at the Devils Swedish Based Prospects from the 2018-19 Season

A Look at the Devils Swedish Based Prospects from the 2018-19 Season

This past season saw Jesper Boqvist emerge as an anticipated NHL prospect, Fabian Zetterlund show potential when healthy, and Nikola Pasic put up a strong season split between the SHL and juniors. This post will take a look at what each player did in 2018-19 and what the upcoming season could hold for them. Ray Shero and his staff have been adding talented prospects from leagues all over the world since he took over the New Jersey Devils. One group that I find especially intriguing is the Swedish prospects. Jesper Boqvist was considered a potential 1st round talent in 2017 but fell to the...
Jul 15, 2019
How Much Depth Should the New Jersey Devils Plan For in 2019-20?

How Much Depth Should the New Jersey Devils Plan For in 2019-20?

The 2018-19 New Jersey Devils were heavily impacted by injuries and used 41 different players at some point in the season. How much should they plan for in 2019-20? This post explores the question and highlights how many players other NHL teams used last season. Throughout an 82-game season, it is a near-guarantee that players will get injured, players will have poor enough performances to see the press box or a demotion, and players who have earned an opportunity will force their way to get a look at the NHL. Before considering any transactions that can remove and/or add players, teams are...
Jul 15, 2019
DitD & Open Post - 7/15/19: Through the Glass Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/15/19: Through the Glass Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/15/19 Here are your links for today: Devils Links It’s official: Jack Hughes has a contract. The New Jersey Devils signed @jackhughes43 to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary ($925,000 AAV) and performance bonuses.RELEASE: https://t.co/krAGTdAgsR pic.twitter.com/8yCP1Zx2Uc— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 12, 2019 Devils Development Camp wrapped up with a scrimmage on Saturday. You can watch a replay right here: WATCH LIVE! Devils Prospects Red vs. White Scrimmage https://t.co/qA7zmNGCa2— New Jersey Devils...