The thing is and its gonna sound dumb... But the devils doesnt really need those highly skilled and dangling players. Our system is based on... Dump, chase, battle against the board, get puck to the point, point shot. Over and over and over and over... Same plays every times. Everything is calculated we rarely see really creative plays and crazy dangles around defenders in NJ. Cause everytime they get in the zone they slow down to settle they almost NEVER try to make a quick play off the rush other than on the PK.
That's silly. The Devils have had a ton of creative players past present and future on their team. I also don't believe that the Devils play dump and chase hockey -
It's a small sample, but someone studying the Flyers concluded that when Zac Rinaldo and Claude Giroux are able to enter the zone while carrying the puck at even strength, the results aren't too far off. The key is that Claude Giroux is just that much better at gaining the zone with the puck on his stick.
I feel that NHL defenses know this, and place a huge emphasis on not allowing teams to gain the zone with the puck, or if they do, not allowing them to gain the zone with speed. No one's gaining the zone all the time or making huge dangles - they're bad plays and bad gambles.
I can give you 5 goals from the playoffs that exhibited a high degree of skill and creativity.
We saw what happen to tedenby who obviously doesnt fit well in our system because of that so im not too sure jurco would be that much better
Tedenby has not had great success at any level of hockey since being drafted. Not in Sweden, not in the AHL, and not in the NHL. I don't believe that it has anything to do with systems - I just don't think Tedenby is that smart a player. With the puck, he's very good, but he has not learned how to play without it. Jurco might be the same, I don't know, but sometimes players figure it out.