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  1. I have not been so hyped about a Devils team in ten years. Really trying to keep realistic expectations, but there is so much to love about the way this team is looking. I think there's almost no chance that Dawson Mercer starts the season anywhere but NJ. He has looked better than most of his peers at every level, and preseason games against NHL players have been no exception. If the Devils are fortunate enough to win a Cup in the next 10 years, Dawson Mercer is the guy to win the Conn Smythe. Holtz has exceeded expectations too. His hockey IQ has been on full display in these preseason games. I think he needs to get a bit faster and stronger, and he'll be the perfect winger for Hughes. Looking like it will turn out to be an excellent 2020 draft. Hamilton looks as good as advertised. He's the top defenseman that this team has been lacking for over a decade. And I really like how he seems so connected with the team already, and particularly the young players. He is on board for this team's journey, and he'll be a great leader/locker room guy. Similarly, I think Ryan Graves will find his role as a highly effective shutdown defenseman. It'll turn out to be a good trade for the Devils. There are a handful of prospects who, not too long ago, each would have looked like our top prospect fighting for a spot. All of Foote, Clarke, Thompson, and Okhotiuk have made strong cases for themselves and will be hard to cut from the team. Thompson, especially, showed what kind of NHL future he has ahead of him. Honestly, a line of Foote-Thompson-Holtz in the AHL for a year wouldn't be the worst thing. Bernier's excellent performance against the Rangers shows he could be a 1B. Sharagovich and McLeod look like they have each taken a big step forward. Outside the NHL, I'm only hearing/seeing great things about Luke Hughes and Mukhamadullin. The future of this team is in really great shape. And probably most importantly, Jack Hughes is looking like an absolute superstar out there. I get that it is preseason, but he often looks a cut above literally everyone else on the ice. He made an impact on nearly every play. With all the talent above (and players like Tatar, Bratt, Hischier, Zacha, Smith, and Kuokkanen who we can expect to contribute offensively), he's finally in a spot where he can truly flourish. I think we'll see the Jack Hughes we were expecting when he was drafted. The only things that haven't been so positive are Blackwood's situation and Johnsson still looking like the same old Johnsson to me. Hopefully Zacha moves back to the LW too. When I think about what made the Devils a bad team last season, several things come to mind. One is there was no hope for a win when Blackwood was out. This will no longer be an issue (unless Blackwood's situation goes south) now that Bernier is in the mix. Another reason was how badly the team was hit by COVID-19. Dallas was another team that got hit badly - a team that made the Stanley Cup finals the year prior, but then couldn't even beat out the Preds for a playoff spot the following year. This will not be an issue this time around. The team was young and inexperienced last season, depending heavily on these same young players for production. With everyone being a year older, and bringing in veterans with a good track record, I don't think inexperience will be a weakness for the upcoming season. The team's defense was another big problem last season. Kulikov was one of the best defensemen we had. With the addition of Graves and Hamilton (basically a top pair itself), there's really only one wildcard (Siegenthaler), who already looks like he's better than last season. The rest of the defense is looking pretty solid. Lastly, our team captain and arguably top offensive contributor spent so much time out of the lineup. A healthy Nico will make a big difference. With all of these problems addressed this offseason, I don't think being a playoffs bubble team is that far out of the question. LGD!
    8 points
  2. I like you and I always have, but I think this is a bad take. I'm an empath by nature but I have a total absence of empathy towards anyone and everyone who does not get this shot. What's the "bullsh!t" that's "being fed" to these morons? "Every single fvcking doctor says you should take this vaccine"? "Every single alt-right psychopath in government you worship has already gotten this vaccine?" Show me pro-vaccine rhetoric that you classify as bullsh!t and then I'll go ahead and try to side with these poor, scared individuals who just wanna not be bullied awwww. You're terrified of signing an emergency waiver? Hope you don't go to fvcking disney world, dog. Read that ticket, if you fly off of space mountain they've got themselves covered. Oopsies happen, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing your fvcking DUTY TO SOCIETY in getting the vaccine and keeping yourself and others safe. Gambling on your health and the health of those around you because you "don't know what's in the vaccine hurrrrrrrr de durrrr" makes my goddamned blood boil. A cousin of my coworker is a tragic example of that. She was pregnant. She read online that 8 miscarriages happen every year because of a fender-bender causing a strong tightening of the seatbelt during a collision, causing fetal termination. Horrible. So, she decided she wouldn't wear a seatbelt any more so that wouldn't happen! She died after a three-car collision that ejected her through the windsheild of her car. Nobody else on the scene even needed medical attention. Some people go so far to make these decisions that they assume are better for themselves that they don't listen to the thousands of healthcare professionals telling them just exactly HOW to make smarter choices. You've gotta spare me the sanctimonious "be kind to these people!!!!!! they're scared of you!!!" nonsense. They're active detriments to society, and several months worth of "just get the vaccine. it keeps you and those around you safe" OBVIOUSLY didn't get the point through to them. In 5 weeks my wife will be giving birth to my first child, a little boy named Lucas. I have not been allowed to be involved in any step of the process. Appointments? Mom only. First heartbeat? Mom only. Gender reveal? Mom only. First imaging? Mom only. to make it even better, I was just told last week that -- due to the obscene number of outbreaks in my state --I will not be able to be in the hospital. While the biggest moment of my life happens, I will be outside in the parking lot like I'm tailgating a fvckin football game. Do you know who's fault that is? I do. And they can go fvck themselves.
    8 points
  3. Sounds like he’ll work in player development. https://theathletic.com/news/travis-zajac-retires-with-devils-after-15-seasons-joins-team-as-consultant/HQbnbgYIIpT4
    8 points
  4. Me watching that goal again this morning In other Hughes news, Luke scored his first college goal last night
    7 points
  5. It’s just nice to finally see conclusive proof that Jack Hughes holds our offense back.
    7 points
  6. i get email alerts when someone mentions me in NJDevs and this popped up on my phone and I had no answer for an inquisitive and very pregnant wife.
    7 points
  7. Don’t care if I piss some of you all off or not but here goes my 2 cents since I’ve been 98.9% silent on the COVID discussion cause I’m honestly sick of everyone’s bullsh!t. That literally goes The vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. My huge issue is the extremist stances some people are taking. You want to be upset that so and so didn’t get the shot? Sure, I get it. You want to be upset you’re being essentially forced to get a shot? I also understand that. But the issue needs to be discussed, ESPECIALLY if they’re undecided. Just cause YOU are steadfast on your views doesn’t mean they’re any less ignorant or “uneducated” than YOU are. With how much bullsh!t we all are being fed from all angles, it’s 100% realistic to think another person can be confused or straight up scared. It doesn’t make them any less of a person. But since we’re in absolutely dogsh!t time of society, the basic concept of having a conversation with someone you don’t agree with is long gone and now we live in the world of hard stances and vitriol. Empathy is a concept a ton of people have waived bye bye to. Am I vaccinated? Yep. Was I scared about it cause I didn’t trust having to sign emergency waivers absolving a major pharmaceutical corporation of any oopses? Bet your goddamn ass I was. As with any vaccine, there’s also the possibility of extreme adverse reactions to it by an extremely small number, only in this instance, those were highlighted ten-fold. Personal experience: Conversations are what caused about 50+ Undecided individuals to change their minds to get the shot out of 536 who did get it. Now, only 3 remain in the “no” category. It wasn’t hate, it wasn’t mockery or degradation of them as a human, it was “tell me why you’re against it or why you’re frightened” and then “here’s the facts and what we know” and it wasn’t the media, it was the conversation with the facts. the more and more angry this site seemingly becomes, the more I find myself checking less and less. I love it here, I love the people and the DISCUSSIONS or even debates we have, I make sure each time I order stuff from Amazon I use the referral link cause I can’t always chip in like I’d love to to keep this place running. But the more and more times we go off the rails into this hate circle, I fear we approach the levels of Reddit/Twitter/ or even worse, Facebook. End. Rant.
    7 points
  8. Brylin is a ring of honor guy. He was very good, but not number retirement good. The reason Dano is up there is because he played 20 years as a Devil, bridging two eras, and was one of our first ever draft picks, on top of going out on top with his third Cup. He’s the only exception to the rule. I love Sarge, but I’m sorry- no way. Jersey retirements are for the truly special. Sarge was good. He wasn’t special. And please don’t try and argue this with me, because we’ll never agree.
    7 points
  9. And another fun fact - that's was the first ever Devils game that my dad and I attended in person.
    6 points
  10. Brian Boyle has scored for the Penguins tonight. Nice story, glad he is back in the league.
    6 points
  11. Whatever Subban’s intentions, I don’t really give a fvck. What I do give a fvck about is that he proceeded to take up residence in the Rags’ heads all night after that. It’s hilarious how those pussies are so desperate to flex their popcorn muscles post-Wilson skullfvcking their entire organization into unemployment/early retirement.
    6 points
  12. I'm not gonna comment on anyone's looks since I look like I got punched in the face with a Buick, but I do wish little things like game rosters weren't treated like government secrets. As mentioned before, Gulliti twice this preseason had that info hours before we heard anything.
    6 points
  13. 6 points
  14. We've gone from arguing about the vaccine to arguing about the act of arguing about the vaccine and I think that shows real positive growth.
    6 points
  15. Shaq playin second pair minutes overall, sometimes he lead Salavat in TOI. Salavat are league leaders. He has a lot of responsibilities for 19 yo. He play in first pp on the blue line. He is much better skater this year. Play much better with the puck under pressure. He has good potential for driving, he has absolutely great first pass. He makes some mistakes here and there in decision making with the puck in offensive zone, but its ok for his age. He looks very solid for his age. Misyul playin third pair minutes in Lokomotiv. Good in PK, like I saw, he did well everything lokomotiv did ask him. He is very good skater. Not as fast as Shakir, but much smoother. He have a lesser upside in offensive zone, but he still have some, I like how he working in forecheck in offensive zone. Pretty safe, accurate and always with understanding how things can go wrong. I would say he has very few mistakes for 20yo defenseman. He play like a defensive defenseman of healthy man. Zaitsev is a rock, hit hard. He lost some speed in this year, but he is heavier this year. Play complete defensive role on the right side. Second line minutes. But he has no offensive upside. I don’t think he will ever travel to us. Even if he will win a battle for the spot, he will never play second pair role. And never have enough money to compensate difference in cost of life. And it is sad because for now he is much better right defenseman than our options. He could be good partners for our puckmovers. He is complet working defenseman. Fast enough, good protecting of the zone, gap control etc. Gritsyuk play on the third line now, starting as a fourth liner. He is very good line driver and has good skills. Fast, good shot and passing, good puck protecting, he is active on the board, I think he could be better on the short rink. But he must mature. He isn’t active enough in defensive zone. And his acting with the puck/when his team with the puck is much better when his team is without the puck. For now he looks raw and I want from him to be much more active in defensive forecheck, and start to understand how protect zones. I think Shaq and Misyul have real potential to be NHLers. Shaq looks like second line defenseman with potential to be first line defenseman. Misyul… I think he has potential/ceiling to play second pair minutes. He doesn’t have future as pp specialist. And Gritsyuk has sleeping potential to be middle six forward.
    6 points
  16. Of course if it’s Blackwood I’m disappointed, pretty close to a worst-case scenario. Seeing the stuff he follows on instagram is pretty gross. I’m also incredibly disappointed in Masisak… he reported the roster was fully vaccinated. Then doubled down and said that the unvaccinated player was NOT on the active roster. And now has changed his tune without tweeting out an apology to his readers for sloppy, second-rate reporting?
    6 points
  17. To quote a random person on Twitter "Zac Rinaldo has turned down a cheap shot for the first time."
    6 points
  18. Well. I guess it’s time to … *puts on sunglasses* … get kraken.
    5 points
  19. He can bomb it and he can finesse too.
    5 points
  20. Good news on the puck front, I went on Facebook and found not one but two Shulmistra pucks that collectors had and were willing to sell. I bought the better looking of the two. I will be down to three when that arrives.
    5 points
  21. I’m sort of at the point where if DM wants to enforce this “no talking about vaccines” stance, I’m probably out. This is a discussion forum. I’ve been called disgusting things on here because of hockey related discussions and I’ve done my fair share of name calling to. This topic is no different than any other topic that causes forum-wide vitriol and angst — in fact, I’d argue it’s even less controversial since 85%+ of this forum by my guess falls squarely on the side of “get your vaccine you fvcking neanderthal.” and frankly the 15% who fall on the other side can put us on ignore or call into Joe Rogan and complain about us. And maybe some of you would be happy to see me go, that’s just fine and dandy. But you know you’ll miss me.
    5 points
  22. it’s just nice that we’re giving this mouth breather a chance to do “muh research” while he’s actively being a detriment to the team. i wonder if the research is inconclusive on wearing a goalie mask? my friend has a cousin who knows a sister of a guy who said on facebook that goalie masks cause autism. we don’t want to rush to conclusions and that guy from facebook might literally be a genius!! i wonder if blackwood was available for comment in between his breakfast of crayons and paste? get this loser off of my favorite fvcking hockey team.
    5 points
  23. Just listened to the whole thing and as someone who deals with living on the edge emotionally each and everyday I applaud him for being willing to put his story out there the last number of years. I was asked to write about my story early in July for a new website that was being created to try and help others who suffer from TBIs and mental illness and it was insanely difficult to put it out there and it's only been viewed about 500 times so I can only imagine exposing the journey in front of millions. He should be proud of standing up and bringing visibility to mental health and how it can ruin lives , take lives etc. The fact that he can even compete at the NHL level while fighting his demons is impossible for me to even pretend to fathom. What I still don't get though is the need to inaccurately or carelessly throwing AV under the bus, under no conditions no matter what his intent and goals are. Those kind of actions are equally as detrimental as the cause he's standing up against.
    5 points
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
  26. You could chose to focus on all that. Otoh our young guys (Jack, Sharongovich, Holtz, Mercer) all look great. That’s my biggest takeaway.
    5 points
  27. I know it's pre-season game #1 but can we fire all of the special teams coaching before it's too late?
    5 points
  28. Okay...then... I am thinking of adding Covid vaccine choice to the list of no go topics on this area of the forums. Hell No Go Topics: _______________ Politics Jersey Authenticity Sterio's love of Lou / PK. Covid Vaccine.
    5 points
  29. This always makes me laugh about if Breaking Bad had been set in the UK. Anyway back to hockey. The lineup tonight is exciting. Was please to see Tom Wilson was not in the squad for the Caps. Don't fancy any of the kids getting killed in preseason.
    5 points
  30. One of my biggest pet peeves - if not the biggest - with this whole so-called debate is the whole vaccine being a personal choice meme. Because it doesn't just affect you personally when you're dealing with a contagious virus, it affects all the people you come into contact with. And that's not even getting into how Blackwood's 'personal choice' affects the team on the ice and in off-ice interactions given NHL protocols.
    5 points
  31. Will not counter to your stance. At all. You’ve been absolutely horrendously robbed of critical phases of your life. It isn’t fair. I aired my frustration. You have yours and every single right to it. I wish you nothing but the best of health, same to your family.
    5 points
  32. Mercer is our number 1 prospect. This is not surprise but he has good potential. Hope he will our "Rantanen" who will help to one of our center step on the another level. I dont want to bury him in the third line. Holtz was good in the first game, if you are not biased. He was good in the second. Good physically, move and find spots for the shots, good passing game. Today he score. Great. I think this will be "Zacha 2.0" story where people will bit_hin on the player who play dependent game. He has potential, he has a shot, he will never be a good 200 foot player, but with great center he has a good chance to be 30+ goal scorer. Hope he will develope into the solid top-6 player because I dont think he has a future as a bottom line player. I didn`t like a pick, but he is a better fit than other options. Foote was good today. The only thing he should work on is his speed. It is a question will he ever fix this part and I can`t imagine how. Okhotiuk is very fan and solid defenseman. Walsh is not. Funny thing Wlash has solid chance to play some games in NHL, because we have only 2 years of Severson and only one year of Subban. But on the left side we have Smith, Graves, Bahl, Mukha and Hughes. It is stupid and sad, because Okhotiuk is much much better defenseman and he is younger defenseman.
    5 points
  33. Mercer is everywhere. How great we did draft him.
    5 points
  34. 4 points
  35. Bernier gets the #1 spot for best save of the preseason and a well-deserved one at that
    4 points
  36. Remember when this happened back in like 2010 or 2011? We were playing Tampa and had to finish the game like two or three days later because the power went out during the 2nd or 3rd period I think.
    4 points
  37. Both my (for now) wife and daughter's reaction to when I told them about Dougie Hamilton: He's an adult and people call him DOUGIE?!
    4 points
  38. This is a totally brand new team, they look fast, they're attacking, their supportiv- oh sh!t
    4 points
  39. I'm going to throw my opinion in on this now. I am not against people refusing to have the vaccine. If that is what you want to do, that's great for you. I am 100% in favor of people's activities being restricted because they don't have the vaccine. I am 100% in favor of an employer's right to require vaccination. If someone doesn't want it, they can find a different job or retire. Employers have the right to enforce that, so tough luck. Now, in the hockey team context, my analysis is a bit different. Sure, you still have the same right to choose not to be vaccinated, and the team has the right to tell you that you aren't playing for them. But it goes beyond that. Hockey is a team sport. Pulling yourself out doesn't only affect yourself; if my mailman doesn't want to get vaccinated, another mailman will come in and do the identical job and I will still get my mail. This is not true of, say, a team's starting goalie, who is an integral part of the team's success (or failure). By not getting vaccinated, he's not only making a choice for himself. He's letting his teammates, the organization, and its fans down. He's essentially making the decision to (at least partially) bow out of playing. That's a bad decision, a bad look, and a guy not being a team player, IMHO.
    4 points
  40. Yeah, I got a laughing reaction from him to my post criticizing Blackwood. After the last year and a half it honestly baffles my mind there’s still so many misinformed, ignorant people when it comes to this topic. It’s unreal.
    4 points
  41. Trav Dog not wasting any time getting to it
    4 points
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