It looks like for the first time since the 1990-91 season
the New Jersey Devils will start a season with no Martin Brodeur on their
Mike Cammalleri – LW Martin Brodeur – G
Martin Havlat – RW Mark
Fayne – D
Scott Clemmensen – G Anton
Volchenkov – D
The 42-year-old Brodeur remains unsigned and it does not
look like the Devils have any plans in bringing him back as Cory Schneider’s
back-up. In his first season with New Jersey, Schneider went 16-15-12 with a
1.97 GAA (3rd in the NHL) .921 SV% (t-13th) and three shutouts. He was great
for a second straight year as a full-time NHL starter and he appears ready to
start 60-plus games as the Devils begin life without Brodeur. The Devils
brought Scott Clemmensen back in free agency (drafted by NJ in 1997) and he
should serve as Schneider’s back-up this season.
New Jersey also brought in a couple of veteran forwards to
try and solidify their top-6. They signed 32-year-old Mike Cammalleri to a
five-year deal worth $25 million and brought Martin Havlat in on a one-year
contract. Cammalleri is a proven scorer, but he is streaky and injury prone.
Like he did in Calgary, Cammalleri will play a big role in the Devils’ offence
and should have no problem posting a 20-20 season. Aside from Adam Henrique
there is no youth in this group. Last year they were led by the ageless Jaromir Jagr and that will likely be the case again this season. Close to 20 goals and 50-plus
points should be no problem and there is a chance for 60 again. Back to
Henrique. Like Cammalleri, he is streaky. But after he got the taste of his
first career 25-goal season, expect 20-plus goals to become a trend. They are
surrounded by guys like Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias, Michael Ryder and Ryane
Clowe. Zajac had a very strong second half last year, so there is some promise
there while Elias continues to be a consistent force even at 38.
On the blueline they are led by Marek Zidlicky. He had one
of the best seasons of his career in 2013-14, posting 12 goals and 30 assists
(42 points). He has only missed one game in the last two seasons and their
power-play revolves around him. His numbers have stayed consistent throughout
his career, so do not expect them to drop off now. Andy Greene is another solid
defenseman. He also had one of his best campaigns with 32 points (8G / 24A) in
82 games. Like Zidlicky he does not miss games very often and leads the team in
time on ice and is a staple on their power-play.
Adam Larsson has been a bust to this point, but he will only
be 22-years-old in November, so there is a lot of time for him to change that.
He has a great two-way game, but has only shown his offensive prowess in the
AHL, posting 38 points in 66 games over two seasons.
Season prediction: The Devils finish seventh in the
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