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    Draft 2022

    I agree, I think we need someone like this:
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    Draft 2022

    Very interesting draft. Jiricek and Nemec look like good targets if the Devils go for RD in the first round. Slafkovsky is a very interesting prospect. I don't think a top pick should ever be anything other than BPA, but he seems to be the perfect player to complement Hughes. Big power forward with great offensive instincts and playmaking ability. He's got that almost Mercer-like puck control too. Good skater for a player of his size. Joakim Kemell is having a huge season in Liiga, outperforming players like Rantanen and Laine in their draft years. Essentially producing at a Barkov rate, very impressive. Would be an awesome fit if the Devils were lucky enough to draft him. The player I am most interested in this time around is Brad Lambert. I first started following him at last year's WJC, when he was the early front runner for #2 overall in this draft. He played on the same team as Kemell for much of this season, but his production has been nowhere close to Kemell's at that level. A lot of factors can contribute to that, but it certainly isn't encouraging. I did catch some of his play for one game during this year's WJC. He looked amazing. He has a high end skill set, and honestly just looks like an offensive force in every way. He can skate and think the game on the level of Hughes and Bratt, which I don't think can be said about many players. It's possible that he just isn't yet ready to play against men. But against his peers, he looks like a high end player. The only other red flag is that his father seems to be too involved in Brad's career, and you see him jumping around to different teams. I hope there isn't an attitude problem as well. Seems like this year's risky pick, but a skill set worth gambling on IMO.
  3. I’ve been pretty high on Zacha but I’m starting to get a bit concerned too. There was a time this season where he was your go-to guy in OT. He was a key piece on the power play, whether to create a nice chance, or finish the job. While Hughes was injured, Zacha had some time as the teams top offensive weapon. Since then, he has really fallen off to the point where that player from early in the season is almost unrecognizable. I, too, am hoping it’s a slump. But it is hard to ignore these extreme hot and cold streaks. It’s frustrating because his skill set is top notch, but the confidence, compete level, and focus seem to prevent him from reaching that potential consistently.
  4. I think this could be very good for Chase. The change of scenery in the middle of a rough season due to injury, in addition to being sent to a much better team, will be great for him. Hard to evaluate him this season so far. On the numbers alone, it has been quite disappointing. I suspect there’s more to the story, but we will see!
  5. Not taking Chychrun during the 2016 draft after he was expected to be the first defenseman drafted, and somehow fell out of the top 10, was a head scratcher even back then. It's a lesson in why you take the best player available with your first round pick always, no matter what, every time. At least the Devils ended up with a first round-quality player in Bratt from that draft. But it's true that McLeod's upside seems pretty limited. I agree with @MB3 that Zacha got a lot of unfair criticism. It doesn't always make sense who becomes the team scapegoat.
  6. I don’t think any of us would care if she wasn’t the only person with consistent daily access to info on the team. If you want to stay in the loop on the daily happenings (starting goalie, lines, etc.), she’s really all we have. But her twitter is half devils news and half personal updates (“just said hi to Nate Bastian, he’s STILL taller than me”), and we unfortunately can’t choose to not see the latter group of posts.
  7. At least the Brad Lambert hype has less of a chance of gaining momentum now, so that the Devils have a better shot at drafting him. Really is too bad, because I normally have fun watching the draft eligible prospects. But on the bright side, I won't have FOMO about not having Jesper Wallstedt in the system this year.
  8. Slafkovsky (Slovakia) would be a great fit for the Devils. I see a ton of potential in him, and he's looking good in this game.
  9. Always a good sign when you're trading for a position of need and all it took was "future considerations"
  10. They changed our goal song from R&R pt 2 because we're the ones that suck
  11. I'm in two minds about this one. On one hand, I agree that Hughes needs a competent winger who can shoot the puck, in order to be optimally successful. On the other, Hughes has still yet to get consistency going since returning from injury, and I don't know if adding another player that will need to adapt to the NHL level makes sense at this stage. I'm more inclined to let Holtz round out his game and become a consistently dominant AHL player before bringing him up midseason, while everyone else has already acclimated to NHL play. This is an unpopular opinion, but I would really like to see Mercer on Jack's wing soon. I get that he has been a nearly perfect solution for the 3C position. But to me, he is so much more than a 3C, and I think he deserves to play with the best players on the team. It doesn't make sense to me that the Devils got their star player back, and decided to have him center two struggling wingers. I used to hate the way that Hynes would front load the lineup, but to some extent, you need your high performers getting the right minutes with the right linemates.
  12. Me heading over to youtube to start my research on the top prospects for the 2022 draft:
  13. If they are going to experiment with lines, I would do something like: Johnsson-Hughes-Mercer Zacha-Hischier-Bratt Tatar-Boqvist-Sharangovich Vesey-McLeod-Bastian Hughes needs to be back at C. I think Mercer also deserves top 6 minutes, and I don't think trying him at RW would be detract from his success at all, especially if he can develop some chemistry with Hughes. Certainly not the most physically intimidating line, though. I also thought Boqvist played well enough to deserve a shot at C.
  14. As others have said, the only players that have stood out for me in a positive way are Bratt, Johnsson, Mercer, and Hamilton. I will add that Hamilton, in particular, has been a bright spot on this team. No matter who was hot or cold on the team, Hamilton has been consistently productive. With the way he went from a strong team to a significantly weaker team this year, you would almost expect his production to dip a bit. But not Dougie, he has kept up his play regardless of all that. As for everyone else, they each seem to fall into one of several categories: Neutral: Zacha, Graves, Subban, Siegenthaler. You're mostly getting what you expect from these guys based on recent seasons' performance. I was hoping Zacha would take another step forward, but he has fewer points than Nico, who has been disappointing for everyone. I've been a huge Zacha fan since the beginning, but even I'm starting to see what the naysayers think of him to some degree. I still think of him as one of the Devils' best offensive weapons, but when he's off his game, there can be a lot of turnovers, poor decisions, and low effort plays. Hoping he can clean that up. A lot left to be desired: Tatar, Hischier, Sharangovich. I think all three of these players have overall been disappointing, but have been on a generally positive trajectory. Hischier, in particular, I am confident will continue elevate his game, as he slowly has been. Shara looks lost often, but he showed so much promise last season that it might premature to write him off. These guys are still on the team?: Kuokkanen, McLeod, Bastian. Bastian deserves some time, but Kuokkanen and McLeod are two guys that I thought would have significant roles on this team. Neither of them has shown much of anything this year, and I don't think faceoffs are enough to keep McLeod around. Terrible: Smith, Severson. Smith is clearly going through growing pains and will get better with time. Severson, on the other hand, was set up to thrive in Ruff's system, especially with a more limited role. He has struggled, and will need to pick his game up soon if he is going to be a part of this team's future. Inconsistent goaltenders: self explanatory. I should also mention that Vesey has been a pleasant surprise. Doesn't move the needle all that much, but he has had some big moments, and was definitely worth the PTO and low risk contract. Overall, this has made for the season to be quite disappointing for me. I thought this would easily be a bubble team, but instead, I find that the team has a deceivingly average record. The silver lining is I think that a lot of these players can wake up and have a strong remainder of the season.
  15. The way Daniil Chayka has really unlocked his offensive potential since coming to North America really has me hoping the Devils find a way to bring Mukhamadullin over soon. Not entirely clear what the deal is with the "loan" to his KHL team. But I find Shakir to be a significantly better prospect than Chayka who is racking up points in the OHL.
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