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  1. Taylor Hall Questions

    Bumping up to add this nice little article from Andrew Gross: https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2018/02/20/new-jersey-nj-devils-taylor-hall-john-hynes-nhl-edmonton-oilers-trade/355885002/ Snippets: Credit goes to Hall for the Hart Trophy-worthy way he’s played and for the way he prepared for this season, determined seven NHL seasons without a playoff appearance was enough. And credit goes to coach John Hynes for the relationship he’s forged with his star player. “Since coming here, John Hynes, he’s probably given me the most accountability than any coach I had in Edmonton,” Hall added on Tuesday. “That’s been really good for me personally. In Edmonton, I didn’t really want to talk to coaches. I didn’t want to go and have dialogue with coaches. I just wanted to play and a lot of guys are like that. I think, here, Hynsie, we talk about a lot of stuff. He listens to what I say. He’s been a good sounding board on a lot of things. I think he’s been a big reason why I’ve been able to have some success.” Hall said he was not a bad defensive player with the Oilers but has learned better positioning in the defensive zone and when it’s OK for him to cheat a bit for an offensive advantage and “all that comes down to having a good relationship with the coach.” “Since becoming a Devil, I think I’ve grown a lot as a player, both offensively and defensively,” Hall said. “I’m happy I’m elevating my game at this time of the year but there’s still a lot of games left and I want to make sure I finish strong. And snippets from Chris Ryan's similar article: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2018/02/why_taylor_hall_feels_held_more_accountable_with_d.html "You don't know when it's going to come again. You don't know if injuries are going to plague us next year and we're not going to be able to get back to this spot in a playoff race. So you want to take advantage of it, and I'm trying to do that. I'm trying to have fun, but at the same time, really value how important each shift in these games are." Further communication helped push Hall to another level on and off the ice to start the 2017-18 season, and Hynes continues to see the same motivated player that showed up for training camp. "He's a young guy and hopefully help him work on his leadership skills, what it means to be a culture driver, areas on the ice that he needs to get better," Hynes said. "He's a very smart, observant individual. When you have discussions with him, his input and his feedback make a lot of sense. It's concrete. It's not just off-the-cuff ideas. "So I think he's a really smart, personable kid. He cares a lot. He challenges you as a coach, but he's also always willing to listen and learn. If you give him some things he values too, he's willing to make changes as well."
  2. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Gudbranson is off the market FWIW (whether it's a good idea or not is a whole other matter...) : Mike Morreale‏ Verified account @mikemorrealeNHL The Canucks have signed defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract extension.
  3. GDT: Columbus @ Devils 7:00 PM

    Again piggybacking on MadDog's great quote - this one from Brian Boyle on Nico: Mike Morreale‏ Verified account @mikemorrealeNHL Brian Boyle on rookie Nico Hischier: "He's inspired a lot of guys in this room." -- Coming from a guy who 5 months ago was diagnosed with leukemia.
  4. Ray Shero Appreciation Thread

    Bumping this thread to add a few things that I found elsewhere that made me appreciate Mr. Shero (& Hynes & this team so far this year...): 1. This bit about St Louis (from here: https://www.stlouisgametime.com/2018/2/19/17029252/seven-years-later-a-familiar-storm-brews): Jeremy Rutherford is now with The Athletic, and released a mailbag this week (subscription required) in which he expressed some unusually pointed criticisms of the team. “Every May,” he wrote, “I see a despondent group of players and every October-April I see the same group making the same mistakes and excuses.” Rutherford went on to mention that some players may be wary of Vladimir Tarasenko’s work ethic, and delivered this rebuke which was stronger than any I can remember reading from him in recent years: “Guys are just playing hockey, many of them not playing FOR EACH OTHER. And I haven’t even mentioned the guys who are just playing for the paycheck or the lifestyle, which in this case I’m not going to name names, but they know who they are.” That’s an alarming passage to read from a reporter who has been around the team nearly every day for more than a decade, and it seems to bring a problem of locker room culture into sharp relief. 2. This Canes article (snippet grabbed from here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article200878794.html) There’s no point in rebuilding around raw, young talent if that talent doesn’t get any better; Hanifin is still very early on the timeline for a defenseman’s development, but his lack of progress is increasingly disconcerting. The goal-scorer himself, Hall, also inadvertently highlighted a major problem with the Hurricanes. Ray Shero was tasked with rebuilding the Devils after they withered in the final years under Lou Lamoriello. Like Francis, Shero has slowly added young talent to a core of older players like Travis Zajac and Andy Greene; unlike Francis, he lucked out with the No. 1 pick last year to add Swiss center Nico Hischier. But Shero also took matters into his own hands: In his second offseason on the job, he made a massive player-for-player trade to land Hall for defenseman Adam Larsson. This fall, he brought in defenseman Sami Vatanen for forward Adam Henrique. Both Hall and Vatanen are elite talent in their 20s, upgrades over their predecessors. Francis, meanwhile, has yet to make a meaningful trade in four seasons as GM – nor make the playoffs. After beating the Hurricanes twice in four days, the Devils now look like they’ll make it in their third season under Shero – and with their No. 1 goalie being hurt for a good chunk of the second half to boot.
  5. 2017-2018 Prospects Thread

    It's Tuesday - you know what that means... Prospects Updates links! Franken/AATJ: https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2018/2/20/17025948/new-jersey-devils-prospect-update-2-20-18 Pulz/Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/devils/comments/7yxwyt/devils_prospects_update_220/
  6. GDT: Columbus @ Devils 7:00 PM

    LGD!!! I'm going to piggyback on MadDog's Hall quotes with these - all good stuff! Amanda Stein ‏Verified account @amandacstein #NJDevils: Taylor Hall said the last time he had this much fun playing hockey in February was in Junior. Taylor Hall on being 26 and in the playoff race for the first time, at this time of year, in his career: “I think I’ve played on some bad hockey teams, if you want me to put it bluntly.” Taylor Hall: “John Hynes has given me the most accountability than any other coach.” Andrew Gross‏ Verified account @AGrossRecord Taylor Hall praises his relationship with John Hynes. Says often in Edmonton he was looking not to talk to coaches. Just wanted to go out and play.
  7. GDT: Devils @ Carolina 5:00 PM

    Didn't see this posted anywhere - it's a 12 minute interview with Hynes. He talks about the rebuild, Hall (MVP!), Zacha and a bunch of other things but at the end he's asked about Schneids & he says he started skating again today http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/hockey-central-at-noon/devils-coach-wants-taylor-halls-name-hart-conversation/
  8. 2017-2018 Prospects Thread

    Ian Pulz‏ @HockeyPulz Retweeted Timrå IK Fabian Zetterlund is playing top-line RW in his first game for Timra in Allsvenskan Jesper Boqvist is playing top-line center for Brynas today #NJDevils
  9. 2017-2018 Prospects Thread

    Devils Insiders‏ @DevilsInsiders Devils Insiders Retweeted EP Transfers Fabian Zetterlund loaned to the 2nd division of pro hockey in Sweden. Same league Jesper Bratt played in last season. #NJDevils dalmashimself‏ @dalmashimself Replying to @DevilsInsiders Very good for him. Timrå are in a playoff race with promotion to SHL as a possibility. Tough, intense and challenging games in the coming months. With more minutes than in Färjestad. Ian Pulz Retweeted Devils Insiders This should be a good move. Timra is a very strong team and the level of competition should be more appropriate for this stage of Zetterlund's development: SuperElit J20 wasn't as competitive whereas SHL may have been a bit too competitive for him. Allsvenskan could be just right.
  10. 2017-2018 Prospects Thread

    Article above's author has been changed to Julie R, FWIW... More importantly (?), this week's prospects updates are out! Franken/AATJ: https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2018/2/13/17002368/new-jersey-devils-prospect-update-2-13-18 Snippet from Pulz/Reddit below: https://www.reddit.com/r/devils/comments/7xbisq/devils_prospects_update_213/ Who's Hot: -Colby Sissons has continued to register points. He now has 10 assists in his last 8 games for Swift Current. -Jeremy Davies adds to his trophy cabinet with Northeastern winning the Beanpot tournament last night (the first time in 30 years). Davies registered 2 assists in the championship game. This Beanpot tournament win is in addition to the Spengler Cup win for Jeremy Davies and Team Canada. I was very impressed with Jeremy Davies' play during the Beanpot tournament. His stickwork in the defensive zone was very impressive, and that's not to mention his offensive play...4 assists in the 2 games of the tournaments. -While not at a point per game pace, Jesper Boqvist is putting up some really impressive numbers for a 19-year old 2nd round pick in the highest professional league in Sweden.
  11. GDT : Bruins @ Devils - 7:00 PM - MSG+2, NESN

    Amanda Stein ‏Verified account @amandacstein Lineup changes for #NJDevils: Moore and Quenneville are out. Quenneville got injured last night. Jimmy Hayes and Mirco Mueller are in. Eddie Lack starts vs Bruins. #NJDevils: Coach Hynes confirms to me that Cory Schneider will not be back for at least another week.
  12. GDT : Bruins @ Devils - 7:00 PM - MSG+2, NESN

    LGD!!! FWIW: Glenn "Chico" Resch ‏Verified account @chicoreschNJD Here is hoping Eddie lacks nothing tonight as he will get the start vs the Bruins. A goal explosion by his teamates would help as well.
  13. GDT: Devils vs Jackets 7:00

    LGD!!! Let's hope the Moms bring the boys some luck! Also, just because I didn't know where else to post this: Andrew Gross‏ Verified account @AGrossRecord This can be seen as a good sign - Taylor Hall: "Both my parents have really liked how I’ve been treated by the New Jersey Devils and the trajectory our team is on. Both my parents are really happy with that, so all good."
  14. NJ.com article on Jesper Bratt

    Bumping this thread to add this cutting-edge article from NJ.com from the other day - the carpool group of Pickles, Pavel, Nico & Jesper: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2018/02/how_a_carpool_built_bond_for_devils_nico_hischier.html Snippets: The lobby of a Jersey City apartment building serves as a meeting place for Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha and Blake Coleman. Well, sometimes it’s also a place for three of the young Devils to wait on the fourth. "Nico is notoriously five minutes late,” Coleman said. The four young players all moved into the same building this season, and along with breaking into the NHL together, they formed an inevitable bond off the ice. "It’s like getting my parenting practice in,” Coleman said. "Me and Pav joke that we take our kids to work every day." When the guys stay in, Bratt said they usually end up at his place, or occasionally Zacha’s. The four can unwind with a movie or play Call of Duty on Playstation 4.
  15. 2017-2018 Prospects Thread

    Nice little write up on some of our prospects (from Amanda Stein): https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/prospect-pipeline-seney-leading-the-way-for-warriors/c-295714410 Snippet: Merimack's difficult season has been a blessing in disguise for Seney, as it has allowed him to focus more on the defensive side of his game and help him develop into a more complete, 200-foot player. "At the next level, you have to be just as strong in the defensive zone as you are in the offensive zone," he said. "I want to be fast and have good skills and vision and make the right plays when we have the puck, but I also want to be a player my coaches can rely on in all situations, and that includes being smart in the defensive zone when we don't have the puck." Another blessing in disguise was offseason shoulder surgery, which allowed Seney to focus on his lower-body and core strength during his summer training. "You have to have a big lower frame and strong core at the next level, so that's what I worked on in the off season," he said.