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Part 3 of the Devils Season in Review - Quotes

19 April 2015 - 11:39 PM

Final installment of the season recap looks at the best/worst and most interesting quotes from the Devils organization this season. My thoughts in parenthesis. Have any quotes that you remember? Feel free to share them.


Lou Lamoriello, July 1st, on the Martin Havlat signing and knowing him "well" 


“I think because they had a chemistry and they’ve played together and this game is confidence. I think that Martin might have lost a little of it, but if you look at his history and what he’s done – I actually remember him very vividly because we played against him in Ottawa in a seven game series. He’s only 32 years old.”
Then again on July 30th...
Then, we took what you might call a very up-side risk on a player who has tremendous talent who we saw first-hand in a seven-game series against Ottawa (in 2003), who was in my opinion their best player on the ice. And I believe that with the Czech teammates he will have, they will get him to play at the level he can play.
(These quotes are so painful to me. Lamoriello has a habit of bringing up some connection he has to the players they acquire. It's great that you scouted Schneider at Boston College or remembered Ruutu had a good series in 2009 against the Devils when you traded for him in 2014, but none of that was worse then Lou mentioning that he felt Havlat was the best player on the Sens in a series 11 fvcking years ago. It's irrelevant. I started with these because they foreshadowed the season and showed us how clueless Lou has become with his knowledge of the league).
Pete Deboer after escaping with a victory in Carolina after being outshot 40-16
“But, I don’t care at this point. We’re not looking for points for pretty. We just need points. Tough building against a very desperate team. You’re not going to get a more desperate team than that."
(Not my favourite, but I know people around here loved it...so got to give the people what they want).
What do yo think of a coaching change Jagr?
“That would be one of the biggest mistakes they could make,”  To be honest with you, without our coaches and the system we play, it would be a lot worse.”
Patrik Elias on fans showing the most frustration all season after the Devils dropped a 2-0 game to the Senators on home ice. This after after a shootout loss to Chicago and the Islanders, and regulation losses to the Flyers and Stars
“Obviously, the fans, they were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me. But, we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.
Michael Ryder discussing how he celebrated Christmas with his family while suffering from the mumps
“I couldn’t hold my kid for Christmas, which was a little brutal. I wore a mask in the room sometimes and wore rubber gloves, so it was quite a state for a while. 
Jagr describing the Devils system with Deboer and perhaps giving a clue to as why the team struggled under Deboer
“Our system is pretty close to football. We just play American football on skates.” 
Jagr pointing out how much the Devils will save on having Lou behind the bench and with the team
“When I think about it, I don’t mind it at all, Actually, I think it’s good. It’s easier for everybody. Everything has to go through Lou anyway, so they don’t have to use the phone. They can tell him directly. New Jersey is going to save so much money on telephones. They’re going to get the bill (and say), ‘What? Nobody called his month?’”
Jagr explaining what Lou and his long conversation during practice was about
“How we started talking just was he came to me and said, ‘Honestly, if you would be a coach, tell me three guys you would put on the shootout. “I couldn’t name one. So, that’s why we talked so long.
Why was Jagr the only Devil not to get the mumps vaccine?
“I told them God is protecting me. I told them I don’t need the vaccine. I was the only one who didn’t take it. I said, ‘Hey, God is protecting me.’”
Jagr describing the difference between Deboer and Oates/Stevens offensive strategy
“It was if you don’t have a good play, dump it in and go get it” to now “no matter what, you keep the puck. It’s your puck.”
(This one was strange to me because the Devils dumped the puck in pretty much always under Oates...)
Larsson on the new coaches
“They trust me. I think that's all I needed. I needed guys that showed they trusted me. Then, it's up to me.
Lou, we're getting tired of 'status quo' as a saying. Can you let us know if you have a new catch phrase coming?
“What's in my mind is in my mind.”
We all know Lou likes bringing back ex-Devils, but Mark Fraser...TMI!
“It's funny, I do remember Lou saying to both of us (him and Pelley) that if there's a way it could happen, he'd like to get us both back and we're both back. In this organization, I'm definitely not the first guy to have left and come back, but I'm definitely happy that I am.”
Lou, tell us about the progress of players under Oates and Stevens
“I don't think there is any question there has been progress made. Where the progress has been made is in the people who are our core people – whether it's the Adam Henriques or Travis Zajacs – we have to get them to be at the level they should be. For whatever reasons, they weren't at the level they needed to be and some or our younger defensemen just weren't progressing the way – and I'll put it on me – I thought they should. I'll take that responsibility for that. But, at this point, we're seeing that and we're seeing a sense of confidence and trust in each other in those type of players.”
(Anyone notice a difference with Henrique and Zajac from Oct-Dec to Jan-April?)
Scott Gomez thinks some Devils, Jordin Tootoo in particular, owe a lot to Adam Oates
“Look at some of the guys. Toots, he probably should have Adam Oates in his will.”
Lou, what do you like about this team, and how do they get better?
“I think that we have to get a couple of offensive forwards, Our role players are outstanding. Our defense, I'm extremely pleased with. Goaltending, I don't think say enough about it the way it's been. So we have to get a couple offensive players.” We certainly will look at somebody within the framework of the system that we play – defense first. But we also have to get some offensive players too to complement that.”
Mike Cammalleri and Cory Schneider had different ideas about what a free dinner should be after Mike got the GWG against Cory's old team
“I know that the next team meal is on him. “I really like caviar. So, maybe his credit card will need a respirator after that.”
“I don't think Red Lobster has caviar,” Schneider responded 
The time Lou Lamoriello forgot his own rules when asked by TG if Oates return to Washington would have special meaning to him
“You'd have to ….” Lamoriello started to reply before stopping himself from completing the sentence with “ask him.”
Lamoriello then found a way to complete his thought a different way by saying, “You'd have to think it does,” but then admitted, “I almost. ... You caught me.”
Lou on the disappointing season and having a chance to get an impact player in the draft
“I think that you'd always want that if you had a perfect scenario without question. There's no excuses here. You look at the young players that are up there and the teams that have drafted them, where they drafted. You follow the game pretty good and we've been fortunate never to draft there except for Adam Larsson's year (fourth overall in 2011). In other words, I don't think you want to do that and this year we do and, hopefully, we'll get the right player.” I still feel good about the team that came into training camp. Things didn't go right for different reasons and I take that responsibility.”
Bryce Salvador explaining the conundrum the Devils will always have with Lou as GM 
It's the seasons before and after it and kind of where we're at now. But, you look at a lot of the organizations right now that are winning, starting with Pittsburgh and Chicago and Boston or LA, they were awful for many years. Then, they got great draft picks and they developed and they got a good core of guys and now they're winning.
“It's the part of the cycle that no one wants to talk about because you don't want to be in that cycle and with the tradition of this organization, not making the playoffs just isn't acceptable. And going through a rebuild too, you just don't want to have that mindset with the culture here and the organization here. So, it's really tough to try to win and try to develop. You don't want to say rebuild, but it's a fine line of having that mindset because I'm a believer and Lou would tell you too that as soon as you're not always wanting to win and you're thinking of losing just to rebuild, it's a tough line.”
Don't call it a rebuild, okay?
“It's a transition, not a rebuild. Rebuild means you're starting right from the foundation.”


2014-2015 Season in Review - Confession Time

15 April 2015 - 01:22 AM

I feel like a jerk. I was warned about how bad this season was going to be, and I kept it to myself rather than sharing it with the NJDEVS community. I could have spared everyone from watching this season, but instead you guys and gals got 82 games of hell. There's no more secrets between us. Time to fill you in on how I knew.


Opening night...Present Day Me has settled down to watch Game 1 of the '14-15 season Devils season vs the Flyers when suddenly a fatter, balder, grayer-haired me appears through a wormhole out of breathe


Future Me: It's me or you from the future. I don't have a lot of time, but just you got to trust me. Turn the game off and skip the season. Look at me.


Present-Day Me: Holy sh!t, you look and sound fvcking terrible. You reek of booze too.


FM: I know, and this is precisely why you can't watch this season. This is going to be you if you follow the team this year.


PM: No way, I am digging this team. Things are going to turn around. You know why I think that? Ryder's already scored with an assist from Clowe. If that isn't a sign, I don't know what else could be.


The TV is still on and we hear "SCAAAAAR! Henrique!"


PM: See. 2-0 Devils! And guess who got the assist....Ryder!!


Minutes later..."SCAAAAAARRR. Cammalleri's 1st as a Devil from Jagr. The first of many connections between these two. I can guarantee you that!"


FM: (to himself) sh!t, I've come too late. Any longer, and he's going to see Ryder get another point, Havlat get a point, and Cammalleri score again from Jagr. He's even going to see a Zubrus goal. That's going to be the only 6-goal game of the season. Then the next game he'll see a 4-goal 1st period with Severson getting his first NHL goal and assist, Gelinas grab two assists, Havlat scoring and Cammalleri scoring again. Oh sh!t, I forgot about the Ryane Clowe goal in the 2nd from Ryder. It'll be too late, and he'll be stuck following all 82 games. Crap crap crap...


PM: Lou has done it again. He's reinvented this team. They are back baby!


FM: Listen, I'm not supposed to give you specific details of the future, and I have to go back soon, but you're giving me no choice. So I'm going to make this quick, but first I have to do something...


FM Slaps PM across the face


PM: Owwwww, what the fvck was that for!?!?!


FM: I'm sorry, I promised myself if I ever saw me from the past, I'd slap him for even thinking for a second that this Devils team was any good. You know how stupid you look in the future for arguing with everyone that predicted the Devils not to make the playoffs.


PM: You need to go back where you came from. It's 3-0, and you are ruining the game for me. You're crazy and there is nothing you can say that could shock me.


FM notices his hands missing, as he's starting to disappear into the future. From the TV he hears, "And that's why Bryce Salvador, the captain, is such an important piece to this team. The leadership, the toughness, the grit, all the things that go unnoticed night in and night out...."


FM: (to himself) sh!t, I only got 20 seconds to get him to turn down Ken Danyeko's voice or I'll disappear completely. Uhhhhh, what do I say, what do I say..wtf do I say....


Brunner gone! Ryder a healthy scratch! Havlat healthy scratch! Elias with Gionta! Deboer fired!


PM: I'm not listening...




PM lowers the sound and slowly turns to FM


PM: (quietly) What did you just say?


FM: MAAARRRKKKKK fvckING FRRAASSSEEERRRR!, MAARK FRAASSERR, MARK FRASER! MAAARRKKK FRAAAASSSEER! (starts to cry as he grabs PM and shakes him) MARK FRASER, MARK FRASER MARK FRASER....MARK FRASER.....(starts to break down and ends up crying on his shoulder).


(trying to speak while crying) Don't you see, this is why I didn't want to tell you anything. You don't understand what it's like, game after game, night after night...16 minutes, 18 minutes, sometimes 20 minutes plus to watch Fraser play with Gelinas or Severson, and Harrold.


PM: Harrold's up to? Aww man....No, this is good. I needed this. I'm ready, lay it on me...


FM: Okay, rather than tell you everything, let me just give you the lineup for game 82, and you can ask questions from there...to be honest after the Fraser bit, it really isn't all that bad. I kind of feel stupid how overboard I went. I'm known to exaggerate a bit. 













PM: Woah! okay...(scanning the list) Gomez and Bernier didn't even make the team out of camp, now they are the centre and LW on the top line?


FM: Yup, for 30+ games or so...but it was totally cool, Both 30 point guys.


PM: What's Tootoo doing on the second line? He didn't even have a good camp and was in the AHL all last year. He should never be near the top 6.


FM: Oh Jordin. Listen, there's a lot wrong with those lines above, but we got no problem with that, he was maybe the best story on the team this year. He belongs there. That doesn't even show that he got a lot of time on the PP.


PM: Hmmm...How did he do then?


FM: (sheepishly) 10 goals, 15 points...


PM: Why is Elias on a 3rd line with Zubrus and Gionta?


FM: It's pretty cool. I mean Zubrus did go 50 games without scoring, but it isn't like he plays too much except once the coaching change happened, then his minutes kind of spiked...one game he even played over 22 minutes and PP minutes with Gionta. But this is a pretty good checking line.


PM: Coaching change eh, who is the new head coach?


FM: Don't have one...


PM: What does that mean exactly?


FM: Open up your mind. It was genius actually...think football. You've you got your offensive coordinator. That was Adam Oates. You've got your defensive coordinator. Scotty fvcking Stevens. Then, you've got your guy who oversees everything. That was Lou back behind the bench. He thought of everything here. Spared no expense.


PM: So like a head coach...


FM: No, not a head coach. What the heck is wrong with you....


PM: Anyway, so why was Deboer fired?


FM: Great question. I don't know. Combination of things...Tough buildings. Lot of tough buildings out there. I guess he got some bad luck with what felt like half the team out of the lineup?


PM: Who got injured?


FM: No injuries...


PM: But you said players were out...


FM: Oh just mumps. Larsson, Elias, Zajac, Clemmensen, Ryder, we think Jagr and Josefson too. Even an AHL coach got it.


PM: Mumps? Stop bullsh!tting me. Like what the children get? How did it get to the AHL? 


FM: Clemmensen probably gave it to him when he was sent down for Kinkaid. 2nd best highlight of the season.


PM: Speaking of the AHL, I see Boucher up. Not in love with him on the 4th line, but what can you do...


FM: Oh Reid. Na, he was barely up here. Called up last week of the season. Lou wanted to keep him in the AHL.


PM: Smart. Let him stay down in the AHL and rip it up, right?


FM: Is 14 goals in 59 games ripping it up?


PM: No..


FM: Good to know...well don't bother asking about any other prospects in the organization...


PM: Alright, I won't. Back to the main roster, I see Jagr's missing. Guess age finally caught up to him. No good anymore?


FM: Umm...no, he is. Just not with the Devils. He's awesome again in Florida. Anything else...got to get going. Rapid fire now.


PM: Brunner?


FM: Waived


PM: Ryder and Havlat?


FM: 11 combined goals in 87 games...


PM: Clowe?


FM: Really?


PM: Naa, even I knew how that one ended up. So...I think I understand what happened here.


FM: What? I still don't even understand what happened this year.


PM: No I get it...I finally understand what your purpose coming here was for. Tanking for Connor McDavid. You want me to tune in to the draft. "First of all the New Jersey Devils would like to congratulate Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings organization for winning the Stanley Cup. With the 1st overall pick, the New Jersey Devils select Connor. fvcking. McDavid." You didn't want me to suffer the pain that you did to enjoy that moment. To be honest, I kind of feel like I'm cheating. 


FM Slowly takes a few steps towards the wormhole.


FM:  Haha, the Devils didn't finish last. They haven't won the lottery as far as I know. Cory Schneider was amazing, and even though their leading point-getter only had 43 points, they finished 6th.


Not sure how to say this...there never was a tank. They did everything they could to win.


Alright, glad I could help, but on that note, I got to go now (takes 1 step into the wormhole to go back to the future)


PM: Wait, two more questions! 


FM: Fine...Go.


PM: How did the Rangers do?


FM: ahhhh always forget the name....President Trophy? President's Trophy. That's it. They won that.


PM: Motherfvcker. Final thing. I have to know. What happened to Martin Brodeur?


FM: Thought you'd never ask. Retired...all the organization's greats were there....Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Bernie Federko. Just a beautiful press conference and ceremony. Really, really well done.


PM: What are you talking about....Brett Hull?


FM: (mumbling) Retired a Blue. Works for the organization now under Doug Armstrong. Didn't even mention the Devils in his retirement speech. See ya


FM Dives into the Wormhole and disappears


PM: (standing there in shock, mouth wide open....finally able to speak) This really is the darkest timeline...


"Scar...And the Flyers tie it at 3 with .01 left in the 2nd." PM Turns off the TV immediately. 



The 2014-2015 New Jersey Devils everyone! Once again my bad...

2014-2015 Season in Review - The Numbers

13 April 2015 - 08:41 PM

It wasn't a great year so most of the numbers reflect that. Recycling a few things I throughout the year...but whatever. As always, might be part of a larger recap, might not. Enjoy...


27 and 156

That would be Mike Cammalleri's goal total along with his shots total. Hard to get a good read on Mike Cammalleri's first season. The 27 goals stand out, but so does the career high shooting percentage does as well. The advanced stats don't paint a pretty picture at all. He becomes one of 28 players to score 27 or more goals with under 160 shots in the last 17 seasons. Only 5 of those players duplicated that scoring season again with most not even coming close.


So what does that mean for Cammalleri? He's obviously in the downside of his scoring season, but can the Devils reasonably expect 25+ goals from him again. Odds are against it unless he Devils find him a much better centreman to play with.


1. 156

By the way his 156 shots were the most by any Devils player this season. That's the lowest amount to lead any NHL team (not including lockout shortened seasons) since I'm not sure. What I do know is no team leader has had less since 2000. Have some spare time...try and find a team SOG leader with less than 158. The Lowest since 2000 other than Cammalleri for the Devils?


Capitals 03-04 Jaromir Jagr - 159 shots in 46 games

Penguins 03-04 Rico Fata - 163 shots 


Which teams picked Ovechkin and Malkin 1-2 in the '04 draft again?


24:55 and 3:39

The respective ice-time Jaromir Jagr and Jordin Tootoo played in Pete Deboer's final game as Devils coach (12/23 vs Carolina). I would wager that there weren't 10 games by forwards in the NHL this year with more minutes in a game than the then 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr had that night. Not sure what it says about the Devils or what it says about Deboer playing someone like Jagr that many minutes other than desperate and out of ideas. I'm going to chalk it up to a coach that knew he was't surviving the Christmas break without a win that night.


5 of the last 7

That would be 5 times in Jaromir Jagr's last 7 games as a Devil that Jordin Tootoo would play more minutes than him.


19:04 and 25 

The ATOI/G for Travis Zajac this season along with his point total. Since 1998 (the year we have TOI information), Zajac becomes the first NHL forward to average 19 minutes a night with 25 or less points (minimum 1250 min). Only 4 players have averaged 18min with 25 or less points. (Stephane Yelle, Jay Pandolfo, Steve Ott, Bates Battaglia).


Bonus: 147:03 vs 26:55. That's the PP time Travis Zajac got this year (3rd most on the Devils!) vs Jay Pandolfo's PP time he got in 05-06 when he put up 25 points averaging 18:02 minutes per game


Quick take on Zajac: Already an offensive disappointment to fans, his numbers plummeted this season. But a few things. 1) his contract is not hurting the Devils in any way...they aren't hamstrung with it. 2) He does a lot of good things for this hockey team, and is still a productive player. The Devils are a much better team with him than without him. 3) It's up to the management of 1 to understand what Zajac is and what he isn't and accordingly. If he doesn't realize it...then it's a problem. After this past season, I'm not too worried.


6.19, 5,55, 5.74, 5.37

Adam Henrique’s shots per 60 ES minutes in his first 4 NHL seasons (this season to his rookie year). Pretty consistent...and consistently mediocre. The scary thing is he’s never really had a down shooting year. Adam Henrique led the Devils in scoring this year, but it’s important for management to realize that that is indicative of how awful the Devils forwards are, and not that Henrique is a very good player or an important piece to the Devils future. He’s a third line winger and probably not a lot more.


7.22, 6.79, and 5.16

If you needed a comparison to help you understand those Henrique numbers, above are Stephen Gionta’s shots per 60 ES minutes ratio in his three NHL seasons.


.898 vs .901, .901, .908, and .903 

Cory Schneider's ridiculous save percentage in losses this season vs Martin Brodeur's save percentage in all games for his last 4 seasons with the Devils.


Good luck finding 5 seasons by goalies who had a higher save percentage in losses than Schneider's this year.


69 and .925

That would be the games played for Schneider and his season save percentage. 1 of 11 goalies to do that in NHL history and just the second ever to do it on a team that missed the playoffs. (Roberto Luongo 03-04 Panthers - 72GP .931 save percentage)


.940 and .948

Cory's save percentage in February and March respectively, which is arguably the best stretch of hockey a goalie has had for the Devils franchise. During that stretch, the Devils won 11 of his 20 starts. 



The Devils record when they faced a 2014-2015 playoff team with their starting goalie in nets.


64.4% and 85.2% 

The Devils penalty kill conversion rate after the first 15 games of the season followed by the penalty kill conversion in the last 67 games. Bad strategy, bad luck, bad goaltending, bad Salvador?



The amount of ice-time Dainius Zubrus somehow got to average per game this season. With it, he had 4 goals and 6 assists in 74 games. That's incredible for someone who found himself on the 4th line for only a few games. Started the year on the wonderful second line with Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat, got a chance to play on the first line with Jagr, and ended the year playing with Elias. Zubrus joins Jay McClement (last year), Travis Moen (07-08), Alex Henry (03-04), Bob Corkum (01-02) and Ian Moran (98-99), as players that averaged more than 14:30 a game and had 10 or less points (minimum 1000min). 


Call Dainius Zubrus a lot of things this season, but don’t call him unlucky. He went 50 games between scoring his 2nd and 3rd goal. In an extra horrible stretch after he came back from injury, Zubrus was held without a shot in 20 of the 30 games before finally scoring. During that 30 game stretch, he had just one more shot than minor penalties (14 shots to 13 minors).



Total shorthanded ice-time for Andy Greene which led the league. Just over 49 minutes more than the second closest player and 67 more minutes over the next best defenseman.


17:39 vs 17:28

Patrik Elias' ATOI/G this season vs Patrik Elias' ATOI/G 15 years earlier in 1999-2000 as part of the A-line.


16:31 vs 16:21, 15:46, 16:01 and 16:00

The first number is Scott Gomez' ATOI/G this season. The other four are Gomez' ATOI/G in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 respectively.


So yes, Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez were averaging more ice-time per game this year than they were 15 years earlier.


7.62 vs 3.97 

Scott Gomez’ power play points per 60 min this season and Gomez’ power play points per 60 min the previous 4 seasons combined. - The 7.62 would be the 4th highest in the NHL this season. It was a great comeback season for Gomez with his best work being done on the PP. Scott Gomez was a much needed addition to the roster during the season, but I'm weary of him being much of a contributor moving forward.


34, 16:17, -11.1, -16.3  

That would be GP, ATOI/G, Corsi Relative and Corsi ON for Mark Fraser this past season. Your eyes and the numbers told you the same thing. Fraser was just atrocious this season, and sadly he became a fixture on the Devils blueline for the second half of the season.


15 and 0

15 more scoreless games for Tim Sestito this year bringing the career total to 101 NHL games without scoring a goal. I was genuinly surprised to see Sestito get 15 games this year. Will this be it for him, or do you foresee more opportunities for him?


Who am I?
Player A - 67GP  16G  16A  12:56TOI/G  107S  15%  6.67 ES S/G  1:09 PPTOI/G
Player B  - 78GP    3G   9A  12:27TOI/G  104S  2.9%  6.36 ES S/G 0:56 PPTOI/G

Player A is Steve Bernier this past year, and player B is Steve Bernier in '13-14. If you hated Steve Bernier last year and were upset the Devils signed him in the off-season over say Ryan Carter, you shouldn't be loving him now and hoping the Devils re-sign him. Seriously, you should want him back at the right cost, but its a perfect example of looking at players based on goals and assists and no underlying numbers. Steve Bernier of this past season isn't all that much different than the one in '13-14. How much more is going to be worth to the Devils this coming off-season?


Player A - 68GP  10G    5A  10:27TOI/G  75S 12.3%  6.61 ES S/G  0:50 PPTOI/G  -3 Corsi Rel
Player B  - 47GP    6G  13A  14:29TOI/G  89S  6.7%   7.81 ES S/G  1:28 PPTOI/G  -4.7 Corsi Rel


Very few players have ever left Devils fans as frustrated as Michael Ryder. On the flip side, very few players exceeded fans expectations more so than Jordin Tootoo. Tootoo is Player A while Ryder is Player B.


Expectations aside, Michael Ryder was still the more productive player this season, even with a career low shooting percentage and Tootoo's career high shooting percentage. It was nice to see a good guy like Tootoo score a few goals, but for someone like Tootoo to be in position to score goals, that means his team is going to be getting killed. It's okay to step back, and say, "wait a minute, Jordin Tootoo finished the season with 15 points playing 30 games on the second line and 1st unit PP, wtf just happened?"



Patrik Elias' shootout stats. For all the talk about how awful he is and how shouldn't ever be picked, it was a successful season for Elias with 2 ridiculous shootout goals.


6 of the first 18

As in 6 times in the first 18 games under Oates/Stevens/Lamoriello that the Devils failed to exceed 15 shots. If that sounds expansion bad...well it's kind of worse. Of the last 4 expansion teams in their inaugural season, the Thrashers and Predators failed to reach 16 shots only 4 times that season, the Blue Jackets 3 times, while the Predators twice.



Joe Whitney's shooting percentage this season which now doubles as his career shooting percentage. 4th Devil to have a perfect shooting season and 1st since Josef Boumedienne in 01-02 who scored a goal on his only shot in his only game as a Devil.

Have the Devils Been Better Since the Coaching Change?

06 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

12-17-7 when Pete Deboer was fired.

20-17-6 under Oates/Stevens/Lamoriello.


Numbers look pretty good. If only Lou fired Deboer sooner...


Okay, admittedly I haven't watched much of the second half of the season. I did watch probably the first 8-10 games under the new regime, but due to the boring hockey, knowing the team was not making the playoffs, and deciding not to prioritize Devils games over other important/not important things, I have only seen bits and pieces over the last two months. So, I haven't seen many games, but the record speaks for itself, right? Maybe not...


Now I am not trying to defend Deboer, and I understand that a lot of the numbers that you see below might make it seem that way, but really my goal or point is to only judge Oates and Stevens, and show the improved record is smoke and mirrors. 


Under Deboer:  21 of 36 games on the road

Under the Regime: 18 of 43 games on the road


Under Deboer: 22 of 36 games against current playoff teams   (13 on the road)

Under the Regime:  22 of 43 games against current playoff teams  (10 on the road)


Under Deboer:  4 games against the bottom 5 teams (Buf, Arz, Edm, Tor, Car)

Under the Regime: 10 games against the bottom 5 teams (Buf, Arz, Edm, Tor, Car)


Under Deboer: 2 home games against the 7 worst other teams (add Phi and Cbj)

Under the Regime: 10 home games against the 7 worst other teams (add  Phi an Cbj)


Under Deboer: 1-0 against Buffalo, Toronto and Arizona (win vs Toronto)

Under the Regime: 7-0 against Buffalo, Toronto and Arizona


I've noticed TG point this out much to the annoyance of many Devils fans. The usual replies is "so what, they won them". This may be true, but if you are judging a team by wins and losses, you need to point out how bad these three clubs have been over the last few months. Not only are they absolutely terrible, but all 3 had respectful (relative) records by the end of December. Since Deboer was fired, those three teams that the Devils have 7 of their 20 wins are a combined 31-90-13! 


Under Deboer:  10 games outshot 10+ , 4 games outshot by 15+

Under the Regime:  15 games outshot by 10+, 8 games outshot by 15+


Under Deboer:  2-6 in the shootout 

Under the Regime:  3-1 in the shootout


Under the Regime: 1-13 against playoff teams when their opponent's starting goalie starts the game (1 win vs Pitt and Fleury on December 29th.  4-4 against playoff teams when their opponent's backup starts the game. The last 3 wins vs playoff teams and their backup goalies...the Devils were outshot by 15, 17 and 11.


Of course there is Schneider, and while I don't have the exact splits, he was .940 in January, .948 in February, and .926 in March. .918 prior to January and .935 after. Of course improved defense could have been part of it, and that's what this thread is for...


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So with all those numbers, cherrypicked some might say, I hope I helped give a different perspective, and perhaps I should have asked this before, but are the Devils a better team now at all than they were with Deboer? I know Larsson is better, and that's a positive of the coaching change, but is the team better? I really haven't much watched.  thought at the time the Devils were not as bad as they looked under Deboer when he got fired, and now they are probably not as good as their record is under the new guys. The net is still a bad team...

Hakan Andersson: Detroit's Super Scout

22 March 2015 - 11:37 PM

Great little read by Michael Farber on the Wings' Swedish scout responsible for Datsyuk, Kronwall, Ericsson, Nyquist, and Holmstrom.



Until 2013, Jim Nill had been Holland’s assistant in Detroit for 15 years, overseeing amateur scouting. “You see all kinds of stuff when you fly in Russia,” says Nill, now the Stars GM. “[Once] Håkan and I saw this guy who had a propane bottle right between his knees. Another time there was a guy with a big hunting knife cutting up a sausage.” Russia is not exactly an upright-and-locked-position kind of place, but the country’s lax approach to air travel made an indirect contribution to Andersson’s most celebrated coup.


In the fall of 1997, Andersson and Rockström were both in Yekaterinburg, a city 900 miles east of Moscow. They primarily were monitoring defenseman Dmitri Kalinin, a future Sabres first-rounder, but that night Andersson was gobsmacked by one of his hockey epiphanies. On a Yekaterinburg power play the center, who Andersson says could not have been more than 5' 9" and 140 pounds, backchecked furiously and made an exquisitely timed, all-out lunge to break up a shorthanded two-on-one, sending the puck skittering to the corner. It was Datsyuk. “I saw skill, great effort and the great read on what was going on,” Andersson says. “He was small, and the NHL’s a big man’s league, but that one play kept coming up in my mind. I knew I had to see him again.”


Andersson did see him again and was en route a third time, only now he had company: a Flames scout was on the same plane. They boarded the scheduled 11 a.m. flight and then sat on the runway as a snowstorm blanketed Moscow. A few hours later Andersson was startled by a roar. Outside his window he could see flames dancing near the wings, blown by a fan through a massive circular device on the tarmac. The contraption looked like Paul Bunyan’s hair dryer. “The snow started to melt,” he says, “but those wings are right near the fuel.” Eventually the deicing was abandoned and the flight was canceled, leaving the two scouts stranded and Datsyuk mostly a mystery to the gentleman from Calgary. Andersson figures he might have gotten scooped if not for the snow. Instead, the Red Wings took the young Russian in the sixth round the following summer.





“The odds say 1.5 in seven make it [to the NHL],” he says. “The criticism is I go too much for the home run. Late rounds, I’ll go for pure talent. If a guy makes it, [he’ll probably] be on the top two lines. My joke is Kenny can pick up the phone [any time] and find a fourth-line player or a seventh [defenseman]. So why not swing for the fences?”