Last year I made a 'finish 6th in the Conference' thread and that went swimmingly, so I figured I'd make a thread about where NJ finishes in the draft.
Right now NJ is ranked 10th from the bottom in total points, but the great news is, NJ is going to lose most tiebreakers. There are really only 5 teams the Devils could legitimately fall under now.
Note that I am seldom in favor of tanking and am not in favor of tanking in this instance either - I will not be rooting for the Devils to lose the upcoming matches. But they very well might.
New Jersey has 7 games remaining and 40 points.
So it goes GR PTS POSITION
10. NJ 7 40
9. EDM 8 39
8. NSH 6 38
7. BUF 7 38
6. PHI 8 37
5. TB 8 36
NJ has the tiebreaker on all these teams except Buffalo and maybe Nashville. I don't think they can fall any farther than 5th, and expect them to end up around where are now or perhaps a little better. Still, 10th gets them within striking distance of Idiotville - that's where the dumb teams pass on players for terrible reasons and NJ snaps a guy up.