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What to Expect from the New Jersey Devils

September 1st, 2015 at 10:48 AM
By Edward Allegretto

With the National Hockey League season about a month and a half away, the New Jersey Devils are getting ready to start their training camp and prepare their team for the 2015-2016 season. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive years, what can Devils fans expect from the red and black? With a new general manager in Ray Shero, and a new head coach John Hynes expect New Jersey to have a much different game plan throughout their games.

Shero has been working hard this offseason, and he had numerous changes to make. He brought in a whole new coaching staff, front office staff, and scouting department. The general manager also made a plethora of changes to their roster. The Devils have been one of the oldest teams in the NHL the past few seasons, hence the changes that Shero has made in an attempt to put together a young squad.

The last three seasons the red and blacks offense has been less than stellar. Last season New Jersey finished third-to-last in goals scored and are still missing another top six forward or two. Most likely, the offense will struggle again to put together consistent goal scoring numbers to win a lot of high scoring games.

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Should the New Jersey Devils Give Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier a Tryout

August 31st, 2015 at 9:43 AM
By Edward Allegretto

It is obvious that the New Jersey Devils need help on offense, but should they give former red and black players Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier a tryout to give the team more options?

While it is likely that general manager Ray Shero will bring at least one player in for a try out, it probably will not be either Gomez or Bernier. With Shero bringing in numerous young players and prospects, it is clear that Shero is rebuilding the prospect pool and giving them every opportunity to play in order to make them reach their potential.

"That's not a direction I'm looking to go at this point," Shero said. "I think we made a decision back before the draft to let Bernier go to free agency and let him go in a different direction. Obviously they haven't signed anywhere yet, but I'm sure they are working on some things themselves."

Clearly Shero feels that he needs to bring in different players to spark New Jersey. The general manager wants to give the younger players a chance to shine and showcase their talents.

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Ranking the New Jersey Devils Top Three Defensive Prospects

August 30th, 2015 at 12:44 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The New Jersey Devils have numerous prospects, but very few with the likelihood of being a top rated player in the NHL. On defense however, the red and black have a plethora of solid prospects that could have an impact in the future. The organization has been working on building up their defense the past few years, which is why the team has struggled on offense the recent years.

1) Damon Severson: The 21-year-old excelled early on in his rookie season last year. But, when he fractured his ankle an missed around six weeks, his progression was slowed down, and when he returned he was still rusty. Severson has the potential to be an outstanding top four defenseman, due to the fact that he has a strong two-way game. He is very good on the offensive end with his passing and good shot. Severson is also responsible on the defensive end of the ice. Obviously he still has some things to improve upon, but he is still very young and has plenty of time next season to develop.

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Ranking the New Jersey Devils Top Three Offensive Prospects

August 29th, 2015 at 2:26 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The New Jersey Devils have an average prospect pool. With that being said, they do have several prospects with some good potential. The red and blacks prospect pool may not be as deep as a lot of other organizations, which is why general manager Ray Shero is trying fill it out and add more talent.

1; Pavel Zacha: The center that was drafted by Shero in June's NHL entry draft with the sixth overall pick. It is unknown whether or not he will play for the Devils this season, but with the lack of talented young players on the roster, most likely he will get a chance to showcase his talents. With New Jersey in the midst of a"transitional period" as Shero calls it, it is crucial for the 18-year-old to have a substantial amount of playing time to develop. That is what the red and black need, their best prospects to develop their skill sets and be the best players they can be. Zacha has been touted has a complete forward with great puck control, speed, and he's no slouch on defense either.

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New Jersey Devils Cut Ties with Team Doctor Barry Fisher

August 27th, 2015 at 9:55 PM
By Edward Allegretto

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero continued to remove long tenured members of the organizations front office when they cut ties with doctor Barry Fisher. Dr. Fisher, who has been the Devils orthopedist since the franchise moved to New Jersey from Colorado in 1982. Dr. Fisher was one of the two original physicians that entered the inaugural season of the red and black, the other was Richard Commentucci. Dr. Fisher was the teams head doctor for 33 years. "Dr. Fisher will not be back," Shero told NJ Advance Media.

The 63-year-old has been replaced with Michael K. Shindle, who is from Madison, New Jersey. Shindle was an attending orthopedic surgeon at Summit Medicial Group. He was also Team USA's team doctor at the world championships in Prague. Shindle has experience in two other sports, soccer and football. Shindle serves as the teams physician for the New York Red Bulls, and consultants with the New York Giants.

NJ Advance Media was told that no other changes will be made to the Devils' training staff. Head trainer Rich Stinziano and assistant trainer Kevin Morely will retain their positions. The equipment staff will also remain the same with Rich Matthews and assistants McGrath and Thibault.

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