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In Topic: We're #28 in this preseason poll

05 October 2015 - 05:14 PM

Calgary was going to be one of the worst teams in the NHL last year until they weren't. We added Palmieri, have another year of growth with Severson and Larsson, don't have Deboer or the three headed coaching staff. I don't think we'll make the playoffs, no, but I wouldn't be flabbergasted if we did. You point out only the negatives, that's a sh!tty way to live.


I get where you're coming from, but there's not a lot of reason to believe that we take a big step forward from last season. Its hardly being a negative nancy and more looking at things realistically. A year of growth with Severson/Larsson IMO is not a bright spot in terms of where we end up at the end of the season. Yes, they should get better, but expecting two young defensemen to be major catalysts in some sort of turnaround is a gigantic ask. The biggest bright spot is Schneider. The biggest hope IMO is that its not a complete loss of a season and that we do see some tangible growth to be positive about going forward, but to expect that to be reflected in the standings is overly wishful thinking. I think at the end of the day we're a team that tries hard that will have stretches of strong play, but ultimately we'll be passed by better teams. Calgary was in a much better position than us with young forwards that took great strides. Monahan and Gaudreau were outstanding. Who is our Monahan and Gaudreau? IMO unless Zacha is on the roster and plays out of his mind, we won't have a guy like them. They also had guys like Lance Bouma come up big and 4 defensemen with 30+ points.


Conversely, Cammalleri is a year older and will not play the entire season. We have barely any depth in respect to forwards and are counting on career 3rd liners (Stempniak/Tlusty) while great acquisitions in terms of their value should not be expected to score a lot of goals. Elias is all but done. There is just not a lot of talent in front of the blueline. Palmieri is another good pickup, but what are you expecting from a career high of 30 points on better teams? He was also a minus player on a WC Finalist last year. 


This team should have low expectations, any performance above will be applauded, but they also shouldnt be crucified if they play to their paper value. My biggest hope is to see the further development of Larsson/Severson/Merrill/Gelinas, and to see someone like Josefson emerge. It will take a lot for this team to be above water come the end of the season.

In Topic: We're #28 in this preseason poll

05 October 2015 - 05:00 PM

So then, how's the scouting on the top 3 draft picks for next June looking?


Matthews, Pujujarvi, Tkachuk, Jones, or Laine. Should be able to project better around February or March. I dont see Matthews and Pujujarvi moving from the top forward spots. Chychrun is the top D prospect ala Hanifin this past year.


I don't see any real possibility of the Devils choosing outside of the top 10. Schneider will steal some games, but with the lottery now deciding top 3, who knows where we end up. I think we end up with a top 5 pick.

In Topic: Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

28 September 2015 - 06:22 PM

Too bad some Devils fans don't appreciate it Zajac


That's not the situation here. If we can get a younger piece back for him (i.e. a Kadri or JVR) that makes sense going forward. By the time we're in real contention again, Zajac will be that many years older. That said, if we don't move him, its not a big deal either. While we're in a perfect position to afford Travis, JVR has one of the best contracts in the league compared to Zajac, who has one of the worst. 


I don't think Zajac hesitates to waive his NTC to go to Toronto. 


I also don't think this trade happens at all.

im pretty sure that zajac does have a ntc.. does jvr have one? 


Zajac has an NTC. JVR doesn't.

In Topic: Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

27 September 2015 - 04:10 PM

That being said, this is Chere so it's probably nonsense.


Except its Chere regurgitating Friedman. While I totally agree and I dont think for a second that Zajac will get moved, Chere is just running with someone else (who's a lot more respectful) in this case.

In Topic: Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

27 September 2015 - 01:31 PM

Make it happen, Lou!


Shedding Zajac for either of Kadri/JVR, would be fantastic.