Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:30 AM
The offense doesn't look great, but there are some things I really like about this situation. You've got guys like Elias, Jagr, Zubrus, Ryder, and Clowe who have proven to be consistent players year after year (aside from Clowe's back luck with the Rangers last season). But because the team lacks a lot of first line talent, there will be many opportunities for younger players to prove themselves. It looks like this will be Josefson's year to prove that he can be an NHL player. He may end up competing for a spot with Loktionov, who, believe it or not has yet to play a full season in the NHL. Olesz is going to want to show that he's not some bust that had a few solid years and then faded away. Also, Zajac and Henrique are expected to step up their production in big ways this season.
I'll exclude Zajac from this, but you've got to hope that at least one of these guys can live up to their potential. I think each of them has a lot of it.
In fairness, I think this is going to be a team we'll have to see actually play before we can even guess how good they're going to be...lots of new faces. I'll admit I'm optimistic though. To me, getting Kovy's contract off the books can't be seen as anything more than a major win, especially when one factors in that the guy didn't want to be a Devil or living in America.
It's a team with upside, and if Schneider plays like Schneider, and Brodeur can simply be decent when he plays, the Devils shouldn't implode.
Re: Zajac and Henrique, big year for both. If Zajac has another low offensive-output season on Year 2 of a pretty big contract, fans are going to start to turn on him, and most of them aren't going to care about Corsis, Fenwicks, PDO, or other ubernerd numbers that might make him look better...most fans (rightly or wrongly) still see goals, assists, and +/-, and they are going to want to see '08-'09 and '09-'10-type seasons from Zajac, with or without Parise.
As far as Henrique goes...I have no idea what he is. He started off hot two seasons ago, cooled off, had some big playoff moments, then really didn't do much last season. I think by the end of this season, we'll have a better idea of how much he can contribute offensively, and more important, if he really SHOULD be expected to contribute offensively.
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