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  1. 11 points
    Here's a write-up from StevenToddIves, a journalist on HFBoards:
  2. 10 points
    *** Okay well sorry for the non-Hughes/Kakko related post *** Met her last year in Toronto (along with Michael J. Fox, Chris Lloyd and Tom Wilson) and told her it was one of my biggest dream to have a "Earth Angel Slow dance" with her. She thought it was really cute and made it happen lol I teared up a bit for real Earth angel, earth angeeeeel, Will you be miiiiiine. My darling deeear, love you all the tiiiime. Im just a fooooool, a fool in looove with youuuuuuuuu
  3. 10 points
    I can't sit still!!! Seriously people step back and think about this, we went from hoping we had a top 5 pick to getting the number 1 overall. Don't dwell on Hughes/Kakko, rejoice in that we just got a major bump of talent in the pipeline!
  4. 10 points
    Glad we didn’t lose the last game and wind up with LA’s pick.
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
  7. 8 points
    It isn’t difficult. You build from the middle out. You’ve got a bonifide #1 center staring you in the face. You draft that bonifide #1 center.
  8. 8 points
    And when on that cool April night, at the death of winter's scourge and on the cusp of Spring's approach, as the bald-headed man sang out the news of the Devil's victory, if one looked closely enough, he could see young Jack quickly smile. Now, one may quite rightly tell themselves this is nothing but an innocuous response from a genteel young lad. But I, I prefer to believe that this precocious boy, like many greats before his time, knows, the Rangers do suck so.
  9. 8 points
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  11. 8 points
  12. 8 points
    This is really not a fair take. For one, he had a ton of man-games lost to injury. For another, it's not always about adding-adding-adding...sometimes you need to take a step back and see what you've got in house, and evaluate (in this case, at BOTH levels)...changes will be made, and some guys have likely played their way out of the Devils' plans. These rebuilds are not always linear, and if anything, though it wasn't always easy to watch, this was a good year to not be very good, because the Lightning are friggin' beastly this year, the reigning SC Champs Caps just won the Metro again, and the Leafs and Pens are also very dangerous. I don't think ANY series of "Right Now" moves would've have closed the gap significantly enough...and suddenly swallowing up cap space with destined-to-be-lousy UFA deals that wouldn't have aged well would've sucked. And it looks like he did the right thing in being patient with both Cory (many of us wondered if he was done) and Blackwood (who last year seem like he was on the train to Bustville). He's done some good things since coming here, with limited resources and pieces to use in deals, and I think he'll do more.
  13. 8 points
    Nico Hischier had a fine second season. Honestly, it was even better than fine. 3 goals, 3 assists less than last season, playing for the most part without Taylor Hall. And oh yeah, 14 less games. Whatever bulking up he did was successful. Where last year he would be knocked off the puck along the boards and in the corners with relative ease, he did not have that issue this year. I have no complaints about Nico. Oh, and he destroyed Nolan Patrick’s stats again. Taylor Hall. What can you say other than this isn’t what most of us wanted to see following the MVP season. A previous knee surgery kept him out only 8 games. We can surmise, as such, that the current injury was more severe. As has been pointed out in other threads, July 1 is a long ways away. No clue what he will do, but if he won’t sign the extension, ship him out. Miles Wood was a huge disappointment to me. Had a great near-20 goal season last year, and I hoped he would continue developing after the holdout and new contract. But he missed some games, and his numbers weren’t incredibly divergent from last year. I’d like him not to constantly take penalties running the other team’s goalie, especially on breakaways. Blake Coleman cooled off, but was one of my favorite guys to watch this season. I like him a lot, he takes a few too many penalties, but he’s a solid guy and I’m glad he is here. Kyle Palmieri did Kyle Palmieri things. Scored a bunch of goals, but also had long streaks of doing nothing. Some guys are streaky, he did that again and still wound up pretty much as expected stat wise. Pavel Zacha. Don’t tell anyone I said anything good about him, but he looked good the last month or so after coming back from injury. I expect nothing from him, so a career high in goals in a career low number of games played is pretty good, I want to see him have an Adam Larsson moment when he suddenly proves he was still developing and then shows he can be a great NHL player. Our goaltending. What a weird season. First Schneider looked like he was going to have to retire because he forgot how to play. Then Kinkaid forgot how to play. Blackwood comes up, after being in the ECHL a season ago, and looks like he can play at the NHL level. But, that’s not even enough. Schneider comes back from what everyone thought was a fake injury just to send him to Binghamton, and comes back moving better, playing better, and looking like he can still compete for a starting job. I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m feeling ok about Schneider the veteran and Blackwood the young kid going into next year. I was one of the people who called for bringing up the AHL guys to see what we’ve got. I wasn’t elated with what I saw. Pretty much nobody took the opportunity to prove themselves. Our defense needs help. Andy Greene was better than expected, but he’s no longer a top 4 defenseman. Yakovlev needs to play. Severson and Butcher are ok. Vatanen is good when healthy. We have a lot of work to do. Best upgrade of the season: Erika replacing Deb. Worst upgrade attempt of the season: Cangi’s Harry Potter/Where’s Waldo glasses. Draft is next, let’s hope whoever is handling the balls is kind to us. Wait, what???
  14. 8 points
    We just had a little girl born on March 30th. One of each now. Just thought I’d add that in considering the last couple of posts. Also I’d like to point out the year my son was born, 4/10/17, we won the draft lottery and drafted Nico. Just saying my kids might bring us draft luck.
  15. 7 points
    Selling low on a young player is always the best move, I agree. I wish Lou traded Larsson after his tough season too, we could’ve gotten a 3rd round pick instead of this skater who we have to pay a ton of money to this summer. We should avoid a similar situation with Zacha. Think of the cap ramifications.
  16. 7 points
    The Devils won as many playoff games this year as 62-win Tampa Bay. and we get to draft Hughes.
  17. 7 points
    Hynes saw that Hughes speaks English and already has him penciled in on defense.
  18. 7 points
    Go for the center, if we can plug in Nico and Hughes as our #1 and #2 centers for the next decade, we can be a great team for a long time. That's how it's done now, Tavares/Matthews in Toronto, Crosby/Malkin in Pittsburgh, Stamkos/Point in Tampa, and now Hughes/Hischier is going to be the next two-headed monster in the league. I can't fvcking wait.
  19. 7 points
    Glad to be of service. This thread has been a lot of fun - let's never do it again.
  20. 7 points
  21. 7 points
    Nice thread mfitz. As far as the AHL "prospects" go, I can't get too upset about them not showing a whole lot, because none of the ones up here had Top-6 potential, and I'd say most of them never figured into the Devils' plans for 2018-19, barring total catastrophe/vets being traded at the deadline of course...which was EXACTLY what we saw. The kids were just about all being asked to do too much at this point in their careers (and some of them will be complete NHL-fringers at best). The AHL these days feels more like a place to develop lesser NHLers, with most of the genuine blue-chippers spending very little time there, if not bypassing it altogether. At least Blackwood, in the space of a single season, set himself up to be a big part of the Devils' future in the years to come. Just REALLY hope he doesn't regress, because the Devils need him now. There are many who say the Devils can afford to spend big on a bad contract (because quite simply they CAN, with all of the cap space that they have), and I agree. That bad contract will be Taylor Hall's. I'm not saying that Shero shouldn't do it, and I'm not knocking Hall one bit. If he re-signs with minimal fuss, we'll all be thrilled. But be ready for your fair share of 60-65 games per season (sometimes less), some starts and stops as he's in and out of the lineup, and a lot of finger-crossing as you hope that THIS will be the year where he manages to get through a full season relatively unscathed. Like I said, I take the risk. Just don't be all that surprised if, purely from a health standpoint, Hall's career takes a similar path to Mike Cammalleri's. Some guys just have that penchant for getting banged up and missing games, and unfortunately I think Hall is one of them. For me, as far as "final thoughts" go, it's actually a little less about what happened on the ice, and more about memories made off it. When I was a young kid in the late 70s-early 80s, my dad used to get partial season tickets to the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League (NASL)...my brother played soccer all the way through college, and my dad coached most of his teams from his very first practice, so soccer was beyond huge in our family. That was my first experience with "family bonding through sports" as a kid, though I can't say I'm a major soccer enthusiast. But at that age, you're always happy to be going almost ANYWHERE, as it just feels cool to be going. Most know my general Devils history here, but I've been driving myself to Devils games since the 1987-88 season, when I got my driver's license before that season began. Though my parents took me and my bro to our first Devils game in 1983, for some reason they never showed much interest in going again...I guess it just didn't "take" for them the way it did for me. I'd ask my dad to come with me sometimes, but he simply didn't really want to during those earlier years of my increasingly-rabid fandom. So though I definitely formed bonds through the years, it was with friends and strangers...never with family. Through my later-to-be-wife, in 2002 I made a friend who had season tix at CAA (near one of the Upper Deck corners, pretty high up), and he basically gave me dibs on his other ticket whenever I wanted to go. Don't know how many of you know of Crazy Jamie, but she was one section over, to our left...she was a late teen when I first met her, but is now married (to a friggin' Ranger fan of all ironies) with a couple of kids. One thing that I always thought was cool was about 90% of the time, she attended the games with her father...season after season after season. That always left an impression on me, in a "Man, if I ever have a kid, how awesome would that be? Spending time together taking in a big-time shared passion like that" kind of way. Fast-forward to late 2007, and I get the news from my now-three-years-married wife that she's preggers. Of course, I was nervous. And scared. And thrilled. But nervous. But scared. But elated. And scared. But excited. Not long after I got even better news...though I would've been happy no matter what, my wife was having what I had hoped for: a girl. Everytime I went to a game that 2007-2008 season, I'd see dads with their little girls, sometimes teenaged girls, sometimes older, and wonder what my girl would be like. Would she even WANT to go to games with Daddy? I knew I would enjoy her regardless of what interests she would eventually take to, but I couldn't help but look around and simply think "Someday..." After a relatively slow build over the last 4-5 years, "Someday" truly came this season. We must have gone to close to 20 games this year. Sure, the team often was disappointing and not terribly good (when they weren't just terrible, period, though at least at home they were closer to respectable). But my kid almost fully knows what's going on now, following the action, knowing a legit penalty from a bullsh!t one, knowing which players do what...and all I have to do is say "Hey Nat, wanna go to a Devils game on [insert date]?" or "Hey Nat, wanna go downstairs and watch the Devs?", and the reply is always a hearty "Yeah!" or "OK!" This was the first year I had carte blanche to take her to ANY games that I wanted to (weeknight, weekend, matinee), and I took 100% full advantage. Though we had fun in the past, it's amazing what a difference a year can make with a young kid. No more having to leave in the late 2nd or so because she's too tired to keep watching. No more worrying about if she's going to be a zombie the next day because she didn't get to bed early enough. She punched through that wall completely and effectively, and because of that, we get to pick up next season right where we left off this season. So my final thoughts are mostly how special this 2018-19 Devils team will always be to me, even if the on-ice product was very far from that. Remembering how my daughter lit up so fully after Sami Vatanen gave her a practice puck, in that beautifully innocent simple way that only a kid can. Reminiscing about how awesomely cool she thought it was to get to shake Kyle Palmieri's hands and actually meet him (not like dad didn't think that was equally awesomely cool, heh heh). All of the goals and the assists and wins and losses and the good plays and the bad that we celebrated and maligned together. But I guess mostly I remain amazed how generation after generation bonds so deeply over these adults-playing-kids-games where we have minimal (if any) impact on the outcome, and we can't ever seem to get enough of them. My daughter had finally tapped out after the second period of last night's game, having enough of a season where the Devils had long been rendered an irrelevant also ran, and asked if she could crash after a long day...I told her sure, no problem. Before she went upstairs, she asked "Padre (her pet name for me), can we go to a lot of games next year too?" You betcha, kid. You bet.
  22. 7 points
  23. 6 points
    I didn't even have time to crack the joke before you cracked it yourself, well done. So I will just post this flashback, referencing your former screen name:
  24. 6 points
    She’s based out of the NY area and they’ve been serious for a few years. Can’t help but think that might be ever so slightly helpful in keeping Taylor rooted in NJ. And that girl may be a total smokeshow but Taylor if you’re reading this I can do things to you that she’ll never be able to if you sign here long term.
  25. 6 points
    All through the season whenever there was a conversation about the draft it was always Jack Hughes that was consensus #1. When reading articles or listening to discussions I never once thought Hughes could be a Devil. When it started to become obvious that the Devils weren't going to make the play offs there were other teams that were much worse. I stopped looking at the standings and started looking at where the Devils might pick. Byram, Cozens, Zegras, Dach, Krebs all looked like very good players and one of them should fall to the Devils. The #LoseforHughes tag amused me but I thought it applied to the Kings or Ottawa not the Devils. Watching the draft lottery on tuesday was surreal. I was expecting to see the Devils logo appear with every turn of a card and it didn't happen. When it got to the last three I was saying to myself I don't care if Chicago get #1 as long as the Rangers didn't get it. I still can't believe we've got the #1 pick. It never once crossed my mind this season that would happen. Fantastic player though Kakko will be I really can't see how any team could pass up on picking Jack Hughes. I couldn't wait for last season to end. now I can't wait for next season to start!
  26. 6 points
  27. 6 points
    HOLY fvckING sh!t WOOOOOO. I was in complete lock down mode cause I was at Barclays for WWE. Made it all the way home without hearing anything and just watched the draft. fvck YEAH BAYBAYYYYYY WHAT A GREAT fvckING WEEK. WOOOOOOOOOO
  28. 6 points
    Ottawa Senators fans have to be feeling just a little better now at least.
  29. 6 points
    We still love you, Nico. You’re going to be our Toews to Hughes’ Kane.
  30. 6 points
    Well that seals it. Every NHLer dreams of playing where their dad coached roller hockey for two years.
  31. 6 points
    Kakko just to watch Dano struggle with his name.
  32. 6 points
    This is a "Behind the Scenes" look at the 2017 lottery process (good juju - Nico draft), if anyone's interested. It is, of course, an "old" article. https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/behind-scenes-2017-nhl-draft-lottery-gary-bettman/ Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, are stored in a locked briefcase before being placed in the lottery machine one at a time. The machine randomly selects four balls. The resulting four-number series is then matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the teams to which each is assigned. All number combinations are assigned to teams at random by Bortz & Company. The entire process is filmed for legal purposes. Bettman reads out the first four numbers one by one. One. Five. Six. Eleven. The gentlemen to Bettman’s right find the corresponding number combo and say, “Devils,” indicating New Jersey will hold the first pick on June 23 at the Chicago’s United Center. There was no cheering from the Devils representative, nor was there any cursing from anyone disappointed in not getting that top pick–at least not out loud anyways. Bettman glances up at the biggest TV screen, which has a list of the teams and their odds of winning, and lets out a subtle “wow” as he reacts to the Devils’ 8.5 per cent chance of winning. He then adds a simple “okay” before the balls were placed back in the machine and they move on the second selection.
  33. 6 points
    Oh well... i was already planning on laughing my ass off when all their top players walk this summer due to their horrible management and decision making but now im going to have an extra chuckle
  34. 6 points
    Hedman spearing Nico in the balls was what bothered me the most. Totally bush league for one of the best defenseman in the league to do that to a rookie. And fvck his fake apology.
  35. 6 points
    I don't even like Keith but that's super bush league coming from an organization that has never even won a playoff round. Like @Colorado Rockies 1976 said, not like Keith is even complaining about not playing and he's always been a good teammate in that regard. I hope they miss the playoffs.
  36. 6 points
    Why is it so hard to understand that I can cheer for my time when they’re playing and be happy when they lose? My rooting interests don’t change the outcomes. If they did, we’d have a lot more Stanley Cups by now and there’s an 80% chance I’d have Taylor Hall on my lap right now. I spend the season watching the games the same way: from puck drop until final horn I hope we win. After the game; if we lose I’m either sad because we needed to win or happy because it helped that we lost. Why do some people care so fvcking much how others react? SD; you’re the only one instigating. Like always. Don’t say stupid stuff, act like the aggressor, and then blow a fvcking gasket because you got called out.
  37. 6 points
    Doing this on a phone sucks, but I'm committed. 26: ANA, BUF -5 28: DET -8 29: NJD -11 30: LAK -12 Ottawa is out of reach here.
  38. 6 points
    Anyway, enough of that, the RACE TO THE BOTTOM continues with a new contender. 27: BUF -5 28: NJD -10 29: DET -10 30: LAK -12 31: OTT -16 EDIT: Buffalo has 2 games remaining with Detroit. Let's hope for some 3 point games in those contests. Still, that is huge that someone has to win those games.
  39. 6 points
    The Tkachuk brothers also have very punchable faces.
  40. 5 points
  41. 5 points
    I haven't posted in a long time but I have to log in to say: holy sh!t. I thought I was gonna die when the NYR win was announced.
  42. 5 points
    I mean it's a complete game changer. I can't express it properly right now but it's.. I mean we just moved the rebuild up a couple years. Easily.
  43. 5 points
    GREAT post. The front office trying to tank by putting a cobbled together lineup oh AHL players is one thing. But honestly, if the players went out and deliberately tried to lose, or just didn’t play hard in hopes they would lose, I would never respect them again. I think I’ve made clear, worrying about “the future” is for management and people on message boards. The players have to play. Sometimes they’ll win. Moreover, despite having won a few extra games, it was nice to see Schneider with a return to form, it gives you a better feeling about the future too. Ultimately, we’ll never actually know whether finishing one spot lower would’ve made a difference, because as we know, you can finish dead last and still wind up losing the lottery. The odds would have been increased by a lower finish, but at the end of the day, we still could’ve wound up in the exact same spot. That said, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the lottery results in a couple days like everyone else.
  44. 5 points
    Three things that made this season a lot of fun, in spite of everything: 1) My daughter 2) You guys 3) Erika. She is going to be SO happy to cover a Devils team that is in contention. So much genuine enthusiasm and energy. Great job in her first year.
  45. 5 points
    Nice move by the imposter in the Zacha Jersey.
  46. 5 points
    Finally it's over... (And the minute it will be over i will die to start again and october looks already SOOOOoo far away)
  47. 5 points
    Some hope in this miserable season. I've been following Dellow's work for 10 years now and he's got a sharp mind. It can't hurt to have people like this in the organization.
  48. 5 points
  49. 5 points
    The best thing that has happened in the last 3-4 weeks of this season is the re-emergence of Cory Schneider. A month ago I’d have been ok with a buyout, now I feel pretty good about him being a veteran presence alongside Blackwood for next season. Now, the other 18 guys on the ice...
  50. 5 points
    Here's the actual numbers, in case you're interested. This is from Todd Cordell who knows his sh!t: This game is extremely important to both sides as it's entirely possible – perhaps even likely – the winner finishes 28th while the loser finishes 29th. The difference in such is larger than you'd think. The team that slots 29th has a 33.9% of picking in the top-3 and an 84.8% of chance of picking in the top-5. The team that slots 28th has a 28.8% of winning a top-3 pick and just a 57.7% chance of picking in the top-5. The gap in chance of a top-3 pick isn't large, however, the difference in winning a top-5 pick is 27.1%. That's no small gap. From this article: https://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=98608
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