well, i don't think the new lineup will score all that much more, but maybe NJ will go from 27th offense to 25th or something, combined with a repeat defensive season and no brodeur... i like the chances of nabbing the 7 or 8 playoff spot.
the team seems full of 2nd liners but hey, it's an interesting club. with the right team attitude, this could work. granted, i wish NJ would have gone after vrbata (who always seems to be shooting/driving play) rather than camms, but could be worse. should be interesting to see how guys play (who feel like they should play top 2 lines) on the bottom 2 lines. ie, someone who doesn't belong on line 4 is inherently gonna be there. but i'm assuming NJ will really role 4 lines this season. they have the bodies to afford that luxury. still, gonna be a challenge for pete to manage minutes/egos on the forward side.
defense... i am a fan of the addition by subtraction. fayne wasn't worth what he nabbed in EDM, which isn't to say he wasn't very solid. but the new look D (sans him and Volch) truly allows the future devils to develop and get apt playing time (except during the stretches when doboer will unavoidably put harrold in the lineup over someone more deserving).
goalies... holding my breath that brodeur signs elsewhere or retires, but this itself will signify a vast improvement. give schneids as much as he can handle. and hopefully kinkaid surprises people and can absorb 12-14 starts or so.
overall, lou could have made some sexier moves, but i see this as a playoff team. nj can't be as statistically bad in the shootout as they were last season, and i think the young defense will exceed expectations. the scoring by committee thing will happen at front, which might mean no one hits 60 pts, but whatever gets the job done is fine by me. :-)