Metropolitan Division Preview: New Jersey Devils

Coach- John Hynes

2016-2017 record: 28-40-14 (70 points), finished last in the division

Key Additions

  • Nico Hischier (1st overall pick)
  • Brian Boyle (Signed)
  • Marcus Johanson (Trade)
  • Will Butcher (Signed)

Key Subtractions

  • Beau Bennett (Free Agency)
  • Michael Cammalleri (Buyout)
  • Jon Merril (Expansion Draft)

Preview

After last season the rebuilding Devils are hoping to be this years Maple Leafs. The future is bright in New Jersey and hopefully that is sooner rather then later if your a Devils fan.

They have stars like Taylor Hall, Corey Schneider, Marcus Johanson, and now Nico Hischier. Hischier seems to be a lock for the lineup. He won’t be like the past number 1 overall picks in pay wise. But he should post good numbers. He should help this lineup at 1st or second line center.

On defense, they don’t have a huge name or star defender. They get the job done as a unit when they’re winning. But depth here is still a question mark. As is a true top tier defender on this club. But maybe if Butcher pans out he will be their answer to that question.

This is a very young and upcoming team. But with a good young coach in John Hynes behind the bench and GM Ray Shero leading this team, it should grow into a solid playoff contender. The metro is full of talent and competitive teams that might make the playoffs if they were in any other division. 

Predictions

The Devils are a young and upcoming team. They’re setting themselves up for a bright future. As Shero did for the Pens, he will make a great roster in the upcoming seasons for the Devils. They will compete again next year and should win some more games after the acquisitions of Hischier, Butcher, and Johansson. Pair the new guys with Hall, Zajac, and Henrique. 

I expect them to get around 80 points this season and finish around the middle of the pack. They are on the rise but the defense is a huge concern. I expect Schnieder to rebound from his poor season last year. But that defense just isn’t good enough. When Ben Lovejoy is in your top 4 pairing you have some problems. 

As for player predictions and stats, those are tough to predict. But hey I’ll give it a go, I mean it’s a guestimation right? Well predictions for the stars at least.

Taylor Hall: 31 goals, 35 assists, 66 points

Expect a big year from Hall with a legit center coming in. He will get alot of good looks this season. And I believe he will be the best goal scorer on their team.

Marcus Johansson: 16 goals, 28 assists, 44 points

His numbers should drop since he’s coming from a offensive powerhouse to a less talented team. He will be a great addition and help the young guys.

Nico Hischier: 26 goals, 37 assists, 60 points

He will put up good numbers while playing with Hall. But I don’t expect McDavid like numbers from him. He will have a solid rookie season and grow into his game as the season goes on.

Will Butcher: 11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points

Butcher will make an immediate impact for the Devils. I expect him to eventually be a top pair Defenseman for them this season. But he will put up solid numbers with his good skating abilities.

Corey Schnieder: 2.80 GAA, .915 SV%, 4 SO

Well those are my predictions and your preview for New Jersey. The bottom line for them is if their goaltending goes back to normal and defense steps up then they’ll push for the playoffs. But either way they’re still an upcoming team that can only go up from here. The Metro is stacked and full of talent. So it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be where at the end of the year.

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