The Devils' offseason was somewhat rough for die-hards. And they may not like seeing whereSports Illustrated's Brian Cazeneuveranked New Jersey on his preseason power rankings.
The Devils were ranked as the Eastern Conference's second-worst team, one spot better than the Florida Panthers.
"The Devils were the NHL's lowest-scoring team even with Ilya Kovalchuk," Cazeneuve wrote. "Now that the sniper has retired from the NHL in order to play in Russia and David Clarkson has signed with Toronto as a free agent, the leftovers are skimpy." They include Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac, as he pointed out, while also joking about the age of Jaromir Jagr, who "is supposed to infuse the offense. With what? Geritol?"