2014/15 Season Preview – New Jersey Devils

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2013/14 Season Record – 10th in Eastern Conference, 6th in Metropolitan Division

W

L OT PTS GOAL DIFF.
35 29 18 88 -11

2013/14 Season Recap

Amid financial troubles, the Devils sputtered in the 2013-14 season. Just two years removed from a Cup Final run, New Jersey failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Before the season, the Devils lost Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL after signing him to a massive contract a few years earlier. They were demoted to the 30th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft as a result.

Projected Roster

LW

C

RW

Mike Cammalleri

Travis Zajac Jaromir Jagr

Adam Henrique

Patrik Elias Michael Ryder
Ryan Clowe Tuomo Ruutu

Damien Brunner

Dainius Zubrus Stephen Gionta

Martin Havlat

LD

RD
Bryce Salvador

Andy Greene

Marek Zidlicky

Eric Gelinas
Adam Larsson

Jon Merrill

G

Corey Schneider

Scott Clemmensen

EXTRAS

Jacob Josefson

Steve Bernier

Peter Harrold

Top Call-Up Options

Forward

Stefan Matteau

Defense

Damon Severson

Goal

Maxime Clermont

Top Prospects

  1. Steve Santini
  2. Anthony Brodeur
  3. John Quenneville

Key Additions

  • Mike Cammalleri (free agency)
  • Martin Havlat (free agency)

Key Subtractions

  • Martin Brodeur (still unsigned free agent)
  • Anton Volchenkov (buyout)

Roster Thoughts

This roster is very old, but still good. The forwards remain relatively unchanged from last season, with a few new faces. Mike Cammalleri was brought in from Calgary, and will provide an immediate offensive boost. Martin Havlat will also provide a boost on the bottom lines. As we saw last season, Jaromir Jagr still has it. Look for him to have another stellar year.

On defense, the Devils are very shallow. No one in their defensive corps really jumps out as a stellar player. This is where New Jersey will be exploited this season. Salvador, Greene, and Zidlicky are all solid players, but the unit altogether is subpar.

Despite losing longtime goaltender Martin Brodeur, the Devils are in a very good position with Corey Schneider. He was brought in as a potential replacement for Brodeur, and he will finally step into the spotlight as the true starter this season. The backup goalie position is in flux, but should be figured out by the end of training camp.

Key Player

Corey Schneider: It’s his position now. Martin Brodeur is no longer there to hog the spotlight. This is now Corey Schneider’s net. The offense will certainly produce this season. The defense is incredibly weak. Schneider will need to step up if the Devils want to contend for a playoff spot. If he can’t perform, it will be another long season in New Jersey.

2014/15 Expectations

The success or failure of the Devils completely depends on the rest of the Eastern Conference. The Devils will be a solid team this season, but if the rest of the conference performs well too, the Devils will be watching the playoffs from the couch this season.

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