It's March, so of course this is what any hockey fan is thinking about - who's going to be on the minor league team next year? With the news from Chere about Paul Thompson being signed to an NHL contract and Matt Lorito being signed to a tryout, the picture is clearer.
Well, first let's look at the UFAs from this year's team: Pelley, Janssen, Whitney, Sestito, and the brothers Zajac. Pelley's the captain but he's playing 4th line minutes. I'm not sure he will be brought back. Janssen has been not healthy and has gotten suspended and is 31 in a month. I suspect his time is up. Whitney I assume will be back but he could go to Europe or another team - I don't know how many NHL opportunities he will get here (or elsewhere). I think it's better than even money that he is back. I think it's much better than even money that Sestito is back although I don't see a huge spot for him on next year's team, he'll be there. I don't see how the brothers Zajac aren't there next year.
Now coming into the organization, the Devils will have: Joseph Blandisi (for sure), Blake Coleman and Blake Pietila (probably), Ryan Kujawinski (most likely although he is not yet signed), Connor Chatham (ditto, but given that NJ wanted him to get surgery, I think he'll be signed very soon), Matt Lorito (maybe).
So that's a lineup of something like:
extras: Lorito, Chatham, Johnson, Kujawinski, maybe Wolhberg, maybe McKelvie, maybe Myles Bell (though I doubt it, I think his time in the organization isn't going to last much longer)
I'm of course assuming that Boucher and Matteau make the big team next year - Matteau probably will, but Boucher it's unclear.
Defense there doesn't seem to be many questions - will Fraser be back in Albany next year? Will Helgeson be the 7th D in the NHL or be sent through waivers to Albany? Who knows. I imagine it'll look something similar to what it does now:
Goaltender is an open question - Clemmensen turns 38 next year and clearly isn't better than an average AHL goalie. Wedgewood is a 3rd year pro and has shown nothing. Clermont is a 4th year pro and hasn't shown much. The Devils should be in the market for a UDFA goalie, but given that they just locked their NHL starter up to a huge contract, it's not likely any of the best ones want to sign here.