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Poll: How have the Devils performed so far against your expectations? (75 member(s) have cast votes)

How have the Devils performed so far against your expectations?

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  5. Well below what I expected (9 votes [12.00%])

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#1 Chimaira_Devil_#9

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 07:25 AM

So we are Ten Games into the season what’s everyone initial impressions of the team?

We are currently 4-5-1, second from bottom in our Division and outside the playoffs by 3 points (although with games in hand). We are the second lowest scoring team in the league with 23GF (tied with Detroit, Minnesota and Calgary) but are average in terms of GA (16th in the league).

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Personally i would say this is on par with what i expected from the team, even though secretly i was hoping for some of that late season form from last year.

At times I have enjoyed the style we have been playing, I can see where DeBoer is taking the team , it’s just still got its problems. He hasn't been helped by the loss of Zajac or Josefson.

In terms of player performance i have been the most let down by Parise and Kovlachuk, Its like Lou said last season your best players have to be your best players and so far this season they haven't been. Palmieri hasn't been impressing me much either, he needs someone to tell him to relax a bit, he looks stressed out there.


Players who have surprised me, Elias is performing way above where i thought he would, he has been excellent. Henrique is also looking good and should be on the team the rest of the year. I like his speed and skill.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 07:28 AM

On par with what I expected, below what most of the board expected (especially after the illusory 3-1-1 start) :P

I thought the offense would be a little better and the D a little worse.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 07:32 AM

On par with what I expected, below what most of the board expected (especially after the illusory 3-1-1 start) :P

I thought the offense would be a little better and the D a little worse.


I agree with this. That was my expectation as well.

Oh and Heberg has been better than i thought he would be as well, especailly after pre-season.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:33 AM

I look at us as a new team on the rise. We may be better than last year at the end, but this is just what I expected. I think we may score more goals than in recent years but our defense in our zone looks like a midget game with players not knowing exactly where to go. It's a good sign when your PK is good but it leaves me scratching my head. How come they can play position against the PP and be so out of position during 5 on 5?? Hell, even Marty was scrambling around last night!! And at this stage the D looked awful. But then again, the leafs are looking strong. If we can hang around .500 by the first of the year, we maybe able to make a run for the playoffs.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:53 AM

Exactly as expected.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:03 AM

A game or two below what I had expected. Then again, I didn't expect us to have to shuffle centers like crazy.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:04 AM

A little below what I expected. I think things will turn around but I think its difficult to have a 180 turn around from last season. They need to figure out what they were doing when we had that amazing run towards the end of last season and just mimic that.

We are too good of a franchise to be playing like muff cabbage.

Constant injuries are the norm for us also so you have to factor that in.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:09 AM

Glad Elias is having a good start. Starting to lose faith in Kovy. We need more quality NHL talent on our roster.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:14 AM

Glad Elias is having a good start. Starting to lose faith in Kovy. We need more quality NHL talent on our roster.


I think it was because Kovy was brought in as if he were the underrated god of the NHL behind Crosby and Ovy. In Atlanta he was the star and got things done here he has had to share his role and we arent as forgiving as a fan base I dont believe either. He clearly is feeling the pressure. If he misses what he should make, his head is up in the rafters. He knows he should be playing at a different, expected, caliber but its just not happening. Hes struggling, makes the team struggle and vice versa. I think the mental game is what is effecting this team the most.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:15 AM

I know we have injuries at center, but all these line changes really isnt helping the team gel. Its reminding me of the JMac team early last year. Look, we played a great game against the Kings with the new lines on O and D, but DBo changed things up right after that. Ya gotta let them play a few games as linemates to get them in sync.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:30 AM

Glad Elias is having a good start. Starting to lose faith in Kovy. We need more quality NHL talent on our roster.




This is true, we have (and Lou has always) filled our lines with has-beens or career AHLers hoping they would flourish...but get real, the parity in the leauge doesnt let you get away with that anymore. We are and have been a .500 team for years now, losing the Scott Niedermayers and Scott Stevens and Rafalski's and the Gionta's and the Gomez's has depleted this franchise. I really think the only real top players on this team are Elias and Marty...but Marty is pretty much done. I dont know about Kovi or Zach being in that group, those two have to show it more than once in a while.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:30 AM

Patrik Elias - Where I expected. A shutdown center who also puts up points.
Ilya Kovalchuk - His positioning isn't bad, it's time for him to engage more contact and shorten shifts.
Petr Sykora - I have no problem keeping him with Elias the whole year, cut down o0n your dumb penalties though.
Zach Parise - You don't deserve a big long term deal, has shown no passing ability at all. His touch is off.
Andy Greene - Our best defensmen, quiet efficient while putting up a few points.
Mark Fayne - Hit or miss, some games he looks great but then he makes the biggest lapses. More consistancy.
Nick Palmieri - Is on the verge of losing his spot to Bernier, doesn't hit enough and doesn't drive net enough.
David Clarkson - Keep him on the 3rd line with a good center and he is very effective. Mills is not good though
Dainius Zubrus - You can tell he missed much of training camp, his timing isn't quite there. Has been ok.
Mattias Tedenby - Too much flash, not enough results. Take everything to the net.
Adam Henrique - Plays a simple explosive game, excellent short passes. Consistency from shift to shift.
Jacob Josefson - Was playing excellent when he got injured, only player to work with Kovalchuk so far.
Brad Mills - He is what he is, a below average 4th liner.
Anton Volchenkov - Has played better the last few games. Needs a faster partner. Excellent on PK.
Henrik Tallinder - I thought he was off to a good start but in recent games hasn't been all that good.
Adam Larsson - The ups and downs of an 18 year old defensmen. Flashes of brilliance.
Rod Pelley - Just go away Pelley
Eric Boulton - Serves his purpose.
Cam Janssen - Hasn't been bad considering who he is.
Ryan Carter - OK as a 4th liner, certainly not a 3rd liner.
Bryce Salvador - Getting better but still not an NHL defensmen.
Martin Brodeur - Looks sluggish to start the season.
Johan Hedberg - Looks much better then in years past.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

yeah pretty much what jason said. hard to be above .500 when you shoot 6.1% and your opponents shoot 8.7% at even strength. i'm disappointed in palmieri, who looked pretty good early - he had a decent game last night, so maybe the demotion to the 3rd/4th line lit a fire under him.

i do wish that NJ would bring up zharkov or someone who can play on a 4th line, because not having a 4th line is making it so that deboer is double shifting his best forwards - our top 3 forwards are all over 20 minutes a game.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:48 AM

If the Parise-Henrique-Kovy line stays in tact, who plays 3rd line center. Ryan Carter obviously can not and I dont wanna break up Zubrus-Elias-Sykora.

A nice 4th line would be: Mills-Carter-Zharkov
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:00 AM

Jason's list is our problem. We need basically two top 6 centers... Elias is a fine injury replacement... but shouldn't be relied on as an answer. Zajac will help Parise. While I think Zajac is overrated, he's not a scrub and is a top 6 player and is suitable to play with Parise.

We really need a playmaking center who can dish out to Kovy... What good is having a rocket without fuel? Kovy can try to deke past a team... but really, I feel most comfortable with him firing rockets from a one timer or on a clean break away. Something a skillful center would asist him with. Basically, we need a healthy Marc Savard. But so does the entire league.

I'm satsified with defense for now. It's hard to control a game when you're losing. Goaltending is a question mark now. Brodeur is slowing down and injury prone now. This isn't the team that an aging Brodeur would do well on. He can't be jumping and diving after pucks like he did in the begining of the season before his injury. Hedberg is a great backup who can play some stretches... but he can't be our #1 with the expection that we're going to the playoffs or winning the cup.

We need centers... its our archillies heal :P





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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:00 AM

At this point I wouldn't mind tossing a 3rd round pick towards Winnipeg for Patrice Cormier. He could at least fill in at 3rd line until Zajac is back plus he is most likely an upgrade over Mills IMO although we have no stats to back it up.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:11 AM

Winnipeg isn't going to give up Cormier for a 3rd, c'mon now.

Elias is not a stopgap - he is our best center, and probably is our best center even when Zajac returns.

I'm tired of people putting the blame for Kovalchuk's play on his linemates. Yes, it would be nice if his linemates were better. The whole reason you sign someone for big money is so that that player can play on an island if need be.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:13 AM

Glad Elias is having a good start. Starting to lose faith in Kovy. We need more quality NHL talent on our roster.


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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:14 AM

Winnipeg isn't going to give up Cormier for a 3rd, c'mon now.

Elias is not a stopgap - he is our best center, and probably is our best center even when Zajac returns.

I'm tired of people putting the blame for Kovalchuk's play on his linemates. Yes, it would be nice if his linemates were better. The whole reason you sign someone for big money is so that that player can play on an island if need be.


You never know with new management. A 2nd is probably more realistic but it would be Washington's.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:15 AM

Winnipeg isn't going to give up Cormier for a 3rd, c'mon now.

Elias is not a stopgap - he is our best center, and probably is our best center even when Zajac returns.

I'm tired of people putting the blame for Kovalchuk's play on his linemates. Yes, it would be nice if his linemates were better. The whole reason you sign someone for big money is so that that player can play on an island if need be.


Thats one of the things i don't get, he did it for so long in Atlanta, why cant he do it here?
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