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No New Jersey player reached the 50-point mark last season and only two (Adam Henrique and Mike Cammalleri) recorded at least 40 points. Acquiring forward Kyle Palmieri in a trade with Anaheim over the summer does help matters, but offensively the Devils look like a long-term project that has only barely begun. Years from now, perhaps Pavel Zacha, who was taken with the sixth overall pick, will be a serious scoring threat, but for now New Jersey doesn’t have much in the way of young, NHL-ready forwards.
Stefan Matteau might establish himself as an NHL regular at the age of 21, but the 2012 first-round pick has never been a major contributor offensively. There’s always the chance that Henrique, 25, will take a step forward, but his career-high remains 51 points from his rookie season when he was working with Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. There’s clearly no one at that level for him to play off of at this time.
The good news is that the Devils’ situation looks less bleak when you move past their offense as in contrast, the blueline’s rebuild seems to be moving along nicely. Adam Larsson took a significant step forward last season and the hope is that he’ll lead the charge along with Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill, and Damon Severson. The oldest of them, Gelinas, only celebrated his 24th birthday in May.
Then of course there’s their goaltending, which is in the capable hands of Cory Schneider. He demonstrated last season under trying circumstances that the Devils’ goalie situation remains their strength, even in the post-Martin Brodeur era.
via an email from the New Jersey Devils,
The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Adam Larsson to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $4,166,666.67. The salary breakdown is as follows: 2015-16: $2,500,000; 2016-17: $3,000,000; 2017-18: $4,500,000; 2018-19: $4,850,000; 2019-20: $5,050,000; and 2020-21: $5,100,000. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
added 3:21pm, Press release is below...
P.K. Subban on Adam Larsson. No penalty and no update on Larsson.
Adam Larsson was the recipient and returned to the bench for the 2nd period.
Cole received 2 minutes.
Per Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:
“The Devils’ Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique will be among the 27 top NHL rookie prospects in attendance at the MasterCard Centre outside Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.”
The full story can be read here.
When the New Jersey Devils selected Patrik Elias with the 51st pick in the 1994 NHL entry draft, I don’t think they knew the type of player he would blossom into. Coming from HC Kladno, Elias wasn’t exactly putting up points that would make your head spin. However, the Devils saw something in the Czech winger and decided to role the dice. Many successful seasons later, Elias is one of the best Devils to ever put on the sweater.
I will provide some of the highlights from the Devils portion on 30 In 30 from the NHL per Mike Morreale.
“The New Jersey Devils couldn’t catch a break in the first half of the 2010-11 season, even after the summertime re-signing of Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to a mammoth 15-year, $100 million contract that took nearly the entire summer to complete.
Instead, they suffered subpar performances under new coach John MacLean, lost star forward Zach Parise to injury 12 games into the season, saw Kovalchuk struggle in the early going, and found themselves in last place in the Eastern Conference at 9-22-2 by the time Christmas rolled around.
It was around that time General Manager Lou Lamoriello opted to fire MacLean and rehire Jacques Lemaire in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the playoffs.”
True, the Kovy ordeal did seem to be a major distraction to the team. John MacLean also seemed lost in the shuffle of being the coach for that year. His attention was not entirely on the team as it needed to be, and the results showed on the ice. I had a lot of friends who follow the Devils point out the same thing. He wasn’t able to coach the team the way you thought he was going too. Lou made the decsion he thought he had too, and it worked to an extent. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they certainly improved. If Parise was healthy, they would have definitely contended for the eight seed that year.
All reports are looking as if Adam Larsson SHOULD be NHL ready come this season. He was playing solid defense during training camp for the Devils, and his work ethic seemed to be ready to make the big jump. He could be a big asset for the Devils on the blue line, who will need to be more consistent this year in order to have a good season. The Devils will be happy with an uneventful season in regards to the media surrounding the team, as long as it means that they are winning.
I would not be surprised if the Devils move Larsson down to Albany for the first month or so if he is not ready to go right from the start. If he gets a little seasoning on him in Albany, it should speed up the process to move him back up to Newark. I do not see him playing for the Swedish Elite League; the Devils want to hold onto this ace in their hand. Devils fans will be hoping for nothing but positives from Larsson, as I feel he could have a lot of qualities which will make him become a true fan favorite, especially since he is so young.
The Devils seemed to be all smiles this past NHL Entry Draft when it came time for their selection with the number four overall pick. Originally contesting to be the number one overall pick, Adam Larsson, was still on the board. With a Devils defense which was not what it once was, any major boost was a major bonus.
The upside to Larsson is huge, and the downside is minimal, making the pick a no-brainer move. It has been quite a few years since the Devils had the devastating services of Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer. Those names are synonymous with the Devils Stanley Cup victories, and fans will be hoping to add Adam Larsson’s name to that list of synonyms.
Well that time of year has arrived again!
No, not Santa Claus bringing home the goods.
No, this is better, well at least for one international hockey team that can wrest World Junior Hockey Gold from its opponents.
I’d love to hear any predictions on who will win gold.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great holiday season with their loved ones!
Head Coach: Keith Allain
Key Players: Chris Kreider, Nick Leddy, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Bourque
Last Years Result: Gold Medal Win over Canada
Head Coach: Jost Richard
Key Players: Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Conz, Sven Bartschi, Inti Pestoni
Last Year’s Result: Lost to Sweden in the Bronze Medal Game
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