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In Topic: New Jersey's Desperate Need for Young Forwards

19 August 2015 - 08:12 PM

Top of my list: Kerby Rychel (rumblings CLB could move him for defensive help... which the Devils could provide...)


Kings' AHL affiliate seems like it has a handful of talented forwards that just may be victims to a numbers game at the NHL level, so they could be in play.


I was actually really bummed when Boston was able to pry Brett Connolly away from Tampa Bay -- he was the young forward who got pushed aside by other prospects and I was hoping somehow the Devils could be the ones to take a chance on him. Two 2nd rounders was too high for the Devils, though.


On a related note - there was a great article on TheScore discussing why moving Drouin is highly unlikely. Essentially, Yzerman was interested in moving up in the draft in 2013-2014 to snag Ekblad... but when Drouin and Vasilevskiy were brought up as necessary pieces for the deal, it was squashed.


Zack Kassian was another player I had thought could end up in NJ. Oh well.

In Topic: Post here when someone from the 2014-15 Devils gets an NHL job

19 August 2015 - 07:50 PM

Agree, he got such a primal joy out of scoring...it was impossible not to feel it along with him. His celebrations had a very childlike "king for a day" feel to them...in the absolute best possible way. Hope things work out for him, in all facets of life.

I'll always remember how he looked during Scott Stevens night - so amped up he was literally bouncing as he stood at the bench, just waiting for a chance to get on the ice and hit someone. Childlike joy. The guy knows he's lucky to be playing professional hockey (meaning it's a rare thing for people to be able to make a living from playing a sport) and seems to me he's never taken it for granted.

In Topic: Post here when someone from the 2014-15 Devils gets an NHL job

15 August 2015 - 10:47 AM

cam wasnt worth a damn on the ice, however the guy had a big heart and tried his best for us every time he got the opportunity to step out onto the ice. I will miss this guy being with the organization (not in the big clubs line up).


I'm friends with his fiancee and I've met Cam a few times. He's a nice guy, and wants to do well by others -- as evidenced by his post-Hurricane-Sandy fundraiser held out in St. Louis -- and he seems to be respected by those with whom he plays. The "new NHL" just phased him out.


From speaking with him, it's also seems to me that hockey is his entire life, and has been since such a young age. I remember a story about him that when he was injured a few years ago and missed a big chunk of games, he wasn't allowed to report to the rink to work out because he was supposed to rest. Instead, he got a weekly pass to his fiancee's gym -- and he was pretty confused and disoriented at first, since he hadn't ever used a "public" gym before. 


Good guy. I hope he figures out what to do with his time when he can no longer suit up.

In Topic: What are the positive you're gonna look at next season?

22 July 2015 - 08:13 AM

I'm looking forward to Palmeri.  I don't think he was brought up enough.  He's a young RW that was stuck behind players in Anaheim and would very much like to see him play well; not to mention he is from NJ (albeit not a Devils fan).


Agreed. Honestly, I keep forgetting he's on the roster!



And the Devils will be in the Matthews sweepstakes, given that NJ is not expected to make the playoffs and the new lottery system will be in effect for picks 1-3... plus, it's not like the last-place team wins the draft lottery all that often.


Between 1995 and 2005, the last-place team won the draft lottery only twice: Ottawa (1996), and Boston (1997).


Since the lost lockout season, the last-place team won the draft lottery four times: St. Louis (2006), Tampa Bay (2008), NYI (2009), Edmonton (2010).



In Topic: Is This the Patty Elias Swan Song Season?

21 July 2015 - 04:59 PM

If he stays healthy, I'd love to see him accept -- and be happy with -- some kind of a mentor/elder statesman role for the rebuild on a yearly basis. If he can still help out on the third/fourth line and be a veteran presence, that's great. The Devils have the potential for a very young team next year, especially if Elias leaves... and teams do need vets to provide leadership. We also know Zacha has great respect for him. It would be nice to see him pass the torch.


Next season the oldest Devils under contract are Mike Cammalleri (he'll be 34), Andy Greene (33), Ryan Clowe (33), Travis Zajac (31), and Corey Schneider (30). That's two veteran forwards -- can't really rely on Clowe -- out of a group of 12 taking the ice on a nightly basis... if Elias doesn't get re-upped, they'll bring in some other vets to help out.