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  1. 21 minutes ago, Triumph said:

    I'm not surprised people around the NHL think that Anaheim got the better of this deal because Henrique has scored 30 goals and he's been on some bad Devils teams.  Plus they got Blandisi and a 3rd out of it.  But Vatanen being signed for exactly 3 years is great for the Devils, Henrique's overrated - he can score, but he doesn't do much else that great (same is true of Vatanen to be fair) - and I think it's a fair deal.  I think my initial reaction on Twitter when I said 'I hate it' is because it's a fair deal, and one has dreams of turning Henrique into something better instead of something different.


    Most think NJ won't the trade

  2. 24 minutes ago, Triumph said:

    He's not going to do this - his best teammate left and Merrimack is really just not a good team - and even if he does, so be it.  Right now Seney with his present numbers, team-adjusted, doesn't look like an NHLer.  I can't remember where I rated him on the AATJ top 25 but I don't think it was in the top 25.  

    He has led the team in scoring all 3 years starting as a true freshmen, he has been much better at the college level than Blaine Byron who finally broke out and created a market. If Seney puts up 40+ points he will be one of the top 5 options like Kerfoot, Butcher and Byron.

  3. 55 minutes ago, Triumph said:

    Dangerous territory?  He's put up three semi-remarkable seasons in the NCAA.  Like Kerfoot he doesn't project to being an NHLer and he's not a guy I would necessarily sign to an ELC right now.  

    I'm not entirely sure why it exists in the form that it does, but I guess they don't want players that age to re-enter the draft.  It's not an incentive to finish college.  Kerfoot could've done the same thing last off-season - the reason he didn't is probably A: that he wanted to finish college and B: he might not have gotten an NHL contract had he done so.

    So you're saying if Seney put up a 47 point season in roughly 37 games you don't believe he will test his luck in free agency? Seney, unlike Kerfoot, has plus speed that will play in the NHL right away.

  4. I think the key is no to push your luck and let them play past years in college. Brett Seney is in dangerous territory. If he has a breakout season people already know he has elite speed to play in the NHL. I would bet he is gone.

  5. 18 minutes ago, sundstrom said:

    Wow - that is a blow for sure.

    Honestly - the person this affects the most is McLeod. There was going to be a center log jam and he seemed like the odd man out. Now, not so much. It's also gonna ask a lot of Nico off the hop. With that said, I would bet they give Zacha 1C to start.





    I love these lines but you and I know that Henrique is going to be at center on one of the top two lines, for at least 4 to 6 more months.

  6. Adam Boqvist, Jesper's brother, is having a tremendous Ivan Hlinka tournament. 8 points in 5 games so far. He is an undersized right handed defensmen that stickhandles like a small offensive winger. NJ is lucky to have such a defense heavy draft this season.

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  7. NJ needs a fluke development on defense. Something like Chainey putting up a PPG on defense out of nowhere. Jeremy Davies may fit the bill with a strong year.

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  8. Seeing that every team in the Metro is better than us, now would be a perfect time to start planning for next season. 4 of the top 5 fit massive needs, Dahlin, Svechnikov, Hughes and Merkley.

  9. It is always good to spitball ideas about possibly combinations even if NJ adds one or two more pieces before camp. This gives us an idea of the looks we may see moving forward. Also, with 12 days left in my deployment its a good way for me to kill time. Here is what I would like to see going into camp.


    Taylor Hall - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri

    Zajac really improved this past season, he seemed to actually focus some efforts on offense. This line is a  below average first line in the NHL but as Zajac gets passed by Hischier and hopefully McLeod, the line will improve. Palmieri and Hall seemed to click and a full season together should have Palmieri back over 30 goals. This line has one elite driver and two complimentary players.


    Adam Henrique - Nico Hischier - Marcus Johansson

    I really thought hard and long about the 2nd and 3rd lines. Do you look for balance with Henrique on the 3rd line or do you support Hischier as much as possible and I decided on the latter. I believe Hischier will be a driver, maybe not in his first year but watching him at the WJC against players 2 years older, he carries the puck and pushes the pace. Johansson is a driver as well, his style should mesh well with the rookie. Henrique is a complimentary player who should finally put up some better shot totals and maybe close 30 goals again.


    Pavel Zacha - Michael McLeod - Blake Speers

    This is the definition of the kid line. This is a great combination of speed and skill that should put a lot of shots up against the opposition off the rush. All 3 players center last year with McLeod and Speers bring very good on faceoffs, this should allow this line to cheat on faceoffs and gain possession early in shifts. This line will be very exciting.


    Joseph Blandisi - Brian Boyle - Stefan Noesen

    This should be a very competitive 4th line in the NHL that should create quite a bit of offense. Boyle is great on faceoffs and finishes quite often for a 4th liner. Blandisi drives play and his playmaking skills should be an asset with two bangers. Boyle should give this line a semblance of stability in the defensive zone.


    Nick Lappin,


    Andy Greene - Damon Severson

    Why not stack one pairing, atleast 1/3 of the time we will be able to create offense. They worked well in the past and Severson should be able to take another step forward with some more offensive players up front.


    John Moore - Steven Santini

    Now it's just throwing names together and hoping it sticks. NJ needs more defensmen.


    Mirco Mueller - Ben Lovejoy

    Who knows, maybe Mirco Mueller turns out to be a stud.




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