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New Jersey Devils: 2017-18 Bold Prediction

August 8th, 2017 at 4:24 PM
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Throughout August, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season.

Up next in this season’s offseason predictions are the New Jersey Devils and their newest addition to their prospect pool – Nico Hischier

Recapping 2016-17

Pick your word – disappointing or abysmal. Either way you’d likely be describing the Devils’ 2016-17 season. They finished last in the Eastern Conference and tied with Arizona for third last in the entire NHL.

They finished in the bottom three in terms of goal differential (at minus 61) and had the third worst offensive output in the league (183 goals for).

Their top scorers – Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri – finished with 53 points while the rest of the lineup dealt with a rotating bottom six and defensive unit for most of the season thanks to injuries.

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils, NHL

Taylor Hall took a step back offensively in his first season with the Devils. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

A number of players got their first taste of NHL action, while Pavel Zacha played in 70 games for the Devils with mediocre numbers – notching eight goals and 24 points to go along with his minus-17 rating.

In net, Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid divided the workload with Schneider seeing the majority of the ice time. He finished the year with a 20-27-11 record in 60 games to go along with a 2.82 goals against average and .908 save percentage, while Kinkaid finished 8-13-3 in 26 games with a 2.64 goals against and .916 save percentage.

Their disappointing season led to them missing the …

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