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#1304683 2015 Draft Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 12 February 2015 - 08:07 PM

Time for some updates...


Craig's List Top 100 for February


1a. C Connor McDavid (Erie - OHL)

1b. C Jack Eichel (Boston University - NCAA)
3. RW Mitch Marner (London - OHL)
4. C Dylan Strome (Erie - OHL)
5. D Ivan Provorov (Brandon - WHL)
6. D Noah Hanifin (Boston College - NCAA)
7. D Zach Werenski (Michigan - NCAA)
8. D Oliver Kylington (Farjestad - SHL)
9. C Kyle Connor (Youngstown - USHL)
10. C Nick Merkley (Kelowna - WHL)

Surprised that he has Provorov ranked that high but not surprised that player has jumped up in the rankings. He was impressive the few times I've seen him play. Still it seems like Hanifin is the consensus #1 D available and should go #3. Merkley is an interesting prospect, small but put up almost a point per game in his age 16 season last year and now has 75 points in 55 games. He has played for a stacked Kelowna team though. 


Bob McKenzie's Midseason Top 60 after surveying 10 NHL scouts.


1. C Connor McDavid (Erie - OHL)

2. C Jack Eichel (Boston University - NCAA)
3. D Noah Hanifan (Boston College - NCAA)
4. C Dylan Strome (Erie - OHL)
5. RW Mitch Marner (London - OHL)
6. LW Lawson Crouse (Kingston - OHL)
7. C Pavel Zacha (Sarnia - OHL)
8. D Zach Werenski (Michigan - NCAA)
9. RW Mikko Rantanen (TPS - Liiga)
10. C Mathew Barzal (Seattle - WHL)

Not surprised at that top 5. I'm hoping the Devils can land either Strome or Marner but I have a feeling they won't finish low enough.


Interesting article by Travis Yost of TSN looking at the value of draft picks and packages of them in trades to see what type of picks/packages end up becoming NHL players. Good read for Devils fans prior to the deadline imo.


ISS Top 30 for February


1. C Connor McDavid (Erie - OHL)

2. C Jack Eichel (Boston University - NCAA)
3. LW Lawson Crouse (Kingston - OHL)
4. D Noah Hanifin (Boston College - NCAA)
5. RW Mikko Rantanen (TPS - Liiga)
6. D Zach Werenski (Michigan - NCAA)
7. C Dylan Strome (Erie - OHL)
8. RW Mitchell Marner (London - OHL)
9. D Ivan Provorov (Brandon - WHL)
10. C Mathew Barzal (Seattle - WHL)

As usual, I'm not really a fan of ISS.

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#1303426 Travis Zajac

Posted by thefiestygoat on 04 February 2015 - 08:42 PM

I think people are making too much about his $5.75M cap hit. Yeah, ideally you wouldn't sign a guy through his age 35 season but that's the price you have to pay if you want to retain a quality player.

The cap figures to grow steadily every year so that cap hit will only end up becoming a smaller percentage on the books. I don't think it's going to prevent the Devils from doing any deals that they'd want to get done. I also don't buy the argument that his contract makes him untradeable.


I guess my point is, Zajac seems to get a lot of flack from Devils fans but he is far from being a problem on this team. If he wasn't here, it would be noticeable and not in a good way.

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#1276723 2014-15 Prospect Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 01 September 2014 - 12:59 AM

It's September so might as well get this going...


New Additions: C John Quenneville, D Joshua Jacobs, RW Connor Chatham, D Ryan Rehill, C Joey Dudek, LW Brandon Baddock
Going Pro: D Joe Faust, D Curtis Gedig, LW Ben Johnson, LW Ben Thomson, C Graham Black, D Damon Severson, RW Myles Bell* No confirmation Bell has been signed but I'm assuming he is.
Not Signed: RW Derek Rodwell
C Blake Coleman (Miami - SR)
LW/C Blake Pietila (Michigan Tech - SR)
LW/C Alex Kerfoot (Harvard - SO)
D Steve Santini (Boston College - SO)
D Joshua Jacobs (Michigan State - FR)* Sarnia hold his OHL rights, Green Bay hold his USHL rights.
G Anthony Brodeur (Gatineau)
C Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston)
RW Connor Chatham (Plymouth)
C John Quenneville (Brandon)
D Ryan Rehill (Kamloops)
LW Brandon Baddock (Edmonton)
C Joey Dudek (Dubuque)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
LW Miles Wood (South Shore Kings and Noble & Greenough)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
C Artur Gavrus (Dinamo Minsk)
Let me know if I made any errors or forgot something above.
Preseason Stats thru 8/31:
Anthony Brodeur: 3 GP 2-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .902 SV%
Connor Chatham: 1 GP 1-0-1
Ryan Rehill: 1 GP 0-0-0
Brandon Baddock: 1 GP 0-0-0, +1, 16 PIM (Interference, Goalie Interference, Roughing, Misconduct)
Artur Gavrus and Dinamo Minsk finished their 10 game preseason but there isn't much info out there.
Not to spam my own stuff but as most of you know I'm writing about the prospects for In Lou We Trust. Using the Prospects - Devils & Otherwise tag you can see some of my post from this summer. I'll have a post up Tuesday about the Devils CHL prospects that are turning pro with quotes and opinions from the radio announcers and a blogger that covered them the past few years. I'll still be doing daily updates for all the games in this thread all year long.


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#1272578 The 2014 World Cup- Brazil

Posted by thefiestygoat on 02 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

I've never been big on soccer but this World Cup has piqued my interest; I have followed the Red Bulls very casually throughout the years but I'd love to check out some of the European leagues -- EPL, Serie A, La Liga, etc. If I understand the scheduling right I believe their seasons start in August?

In terms of foreign leagues the English Premier League is the easiest to follow. It's from August to April and the bulk of the games are on Saturday and Sunday (a few Monday and midweek games mixed in) and they start anywhere from 7:30/8:30 AM and go until roughly 2:30 PM. NBC broadcasts the games on NBCSN and their main channel. For the games not on those they carry them on their app and overflow channels (for some providers). They also have a Match of the Day show which shows highlights from every game that day. It's excellent.

Fox Sports has the rights to the Bundesliga which they will start broadcasting in 2015-16. The USMNT has a fair amount of German-Americans that should still be playing in Germany in 2015 (Julian Green, John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Terrence Boyd).

Liga MX (Mexico) has a lot of broadcast on US television. I just started following it this past year but ESPN has a few games and those Spanish channels (Univision?) carry a lot of the games on the weekend. There seasons is split into 2, it's kind of weird but it runs on the European schedule.

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#1268565 The official exhale thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 14 June 2014 - 12:17 AM

I'm just happy it's over. Haven't felt this relieved in a long, long time.

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#1268482 congrats to the 2013-14 Champs, the Kings

Posted by thefiestygoat on 13 June 2014 - 11:28 PM


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#1266023 DeBoer would welcome having Schneider and Brodeur as Devils’ two goa

Posted by thefiestygoat on 29 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

Just my opinion but I get the vibe that DeBoer continually lies about Brodeur in the press and doesn't really believe what he says. He's somewhat powerless in the situation given how tight Lou/Brodeur are. I'm sure he felt some pressure last year to play Brodeur against his better judgement knowing Lou's track record of firing coaches. Gotta keep Lou and Brodeur happy, unfortunately.

Hopefully Lou just tells Brodeur it's over this summer. I'd feel horrible for Schneider (and our chances of retaining him) if Brodeur is back next year.

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#1259363 GDT-Flames @ Devils-7PM

Posted by thefiestygoat on 07 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

I'm not frustrated with the loss since I gave up on the playoffs awhile ago and I can appreciate the effort they are showing despite the current injury situation but Ryder bothers me. 1 goal in his last 33 games, just 8 assists over that time. Completely unacceptable. This isn't him being his usual streaky self - just complete ineptitude. Under no circumstance do I want to see him in a Devils uniform next year.

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#1258840 GDT-Devils @ Hurricanes-7PM

Posted by thefiestygoat on 06 April 2014 - 04:40 AM

These past 2 games are the first time I feel like I can actually say I'm proud of this team this season. Good on them.


Corey Sznajder has all of the scoring chances, zone entries, and zone exits tracked for this game here. Always interesting to check out.

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#1256785 Brodeur Article, name dropping where he might want to play, reveals wh

Posted by thefiestygoat on 29 March 2014 - 12:10 AM

You can believe what you want but these people exist and their number is greater than you think it is. I have friends who I would say go to a few games a year and and the great majority of them are all in the "We need to keep Marty at all costs and Cory can wait" boat. A lot of fans of the Devils feel this way. It might not be the as many who don't, but it's still a larger number than it should be. It's unfortunate.

I have a decent amount of friends that watch almost every game and still think Brodeur deserves to be the #1 and that he isn't finished. Like NJDevs4978 said, for a lot of people, their love and respect for Brodeur clouds their judgement.

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#1250875 We Got Rutuu

Posted by thefiestygoat on 07 March 2014 - 01:32 AM

It was still a 3rd line though.  He needs to be a 2nd line center in order to be good.  He never had skilled linemates here to be successful.

So 3rd line automatically equals grind line? I hardly call playing with the likes of Ryder, Zubrus, Brunner, and Jagr, his 4 most common linemates, as playing with guys that aren't skilled.

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#1243543 Fire DeBoer Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 02 February 2014 - 11:28 PM

Stephen Gionta is one of the better F/O men on the team. As long as most of his zone starts are in the offensive zone then I'm fine with him.

Zajac: 53.1% (904)
Zubrus: 51.7% (259)
Josefson: 48.6% (111)
Henrique: 44.7% (723)
Loktionov: 42.1% (280)
Gionta: 41.2% (376)
Elias: 41.0% (422)

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#1243221 GDT: Devils at Predators (Devils west) 8:00 PM

Posted by thefiestygoat on 31 January 2014 - 10:48 PM

Pete DeBoer teams blowing late leads...seen this before. Unacceptable result, the Devils needed the 2 points, especially with the OOT scores not going their way. I've calmed down over the years and try not to get worked up about regular season results but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't starting to get down about this team making the playoffs. Not giving up but starting to lose confidence in this group.

I can't get on Schneider for this one. He made a mistake and never seemed to get set for the 1st goal against. Luckily, Hutton gifted Elias a goal after that. Can't blame Schneider for a 5v6 goal and the OT goal where Zidlicky kicked the puck for the perfect pass to Weber.

I thought Loktionov had a nice return in his limited action.

Ryder is absolutely maddening. He has one job and is horribly inconsistent at it. Now 10 games without a goal. Just 2 assists over that time.

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#1241701 Brodeur embarrassed himself and the franchise today

Posted by thefiestygoat on 26 January 2014 - 05:21 PM

Brodeur certainly had a game to forget but I felt like the team embarrassed themselves as a whole. I can't put this all on Brodeur. Careless turnovers and bad positioning and they left Brodeur out to dry. I lost count of how many odd man rushes the Rangers had and they seemed to convert on almost every single one. My problem today is definitely with the team in the last 40 minutes and not Brodeur. Today was really a perfect storm of everything that could go wrong, going wrong.

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#1239883 2013-2014 Lineup/Roster Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 19 January 2014 - 03:20 PM

I'm not really disputing that Josefson is probably better, or at least I didn't mean to give that impression.

My point is that Josefson won't make the team better in any significant way. Maybe he would better on the PK, but it's hard to make the PK any better than it already is. He might be better defensively at even strength, but again, it's hard for the Devils to get any better if you're basing defensive play on shots against.

Offense is really where you want significant improvement, and Josefson isn't really going to advance the ball in that area so much that it'll impact the bottom line.

Getting upset over Gionta's playing time is really just a distraction.

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Considering the Devils don't have any quality offensive forward prospects, unless you are high on Boucher, they should be trying to work Josefson and Loktionov into the line up. Letting a career AHLer with a last name play over them while they rot in the stands is irresponsible. I guess it doesn't matter at this point, Loktionov is probably going to the KHL next year and Josefson's days in NJ are numbered. But hey, we're keeping Stephen Gionta happy and can re-sign him to another 2 year deal for DeBoer. Hooray asset management.

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