2013-14 Season Preview: New Jersey Devils



Regular Season:  One year after advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Devils couldn’t get it together after losing their captain, Zach Parise to free agency.  They finished 11th in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs by 7 points.

Playoffs: n/a

Apr 25, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils right wing

Ilya Kovalchuk

(17) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Penguins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports


Out:  RW Ilya Kovalchuk, RW David Clarkson, C Steve Sullivan, W Alexei Ponikarovsky, D Henrik Tallinder, G Johan Hedberg

In: W Ryane Clowe, W Michael Ryder, W Jaromir Jagr, G Cory Schneider

Ready To Make The Jump: D Jon Merrill


1.  Net Direction –  The Devils made one of the big moves on draft day, trading their first round pick for goalie Cory Schnieder.  The Devils finally have a player capable of receiving the torch, and that handoff will likely begin in the Devils’ crease this season.

2.  Who Will Score? – The Devils have lost a big part of their offense in the last two summers, with Parise, Kovalchuk and Clarkson all leaving and getting nothing in return.  The additions of Ryder, Clowe and Jagr all have question marks attached to them whether it be health or age.  Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac need to bounce back big time from dreadful seasons for the Devils to have a snowball’s chance in hell…pun intended.

3.  In Lou We Trust – Lou Lamoriello is the longest serving GM in the league and has been at the helm since before Wayne Gretzky was a King.  However, questionable decisions in recent years (the first Kovalchuk contract, not forfeiting the 29th overall pick when they had a chance as penalty for that contract) makes you wonder if the incoming ownership might look for some fresh blood at the helm.

PROGNOSISJaromir Jagr of 1995 wouldn’t help the Devils this season.  They were tied for the lowest scoring team in the Eastern Conference last season and that doesn’t look to improve very much this coming season.  Their defense isn’t much to write home about, and the biggest positive is that they have a capable replacement for Martin Brodeur.

PREDICTION: Even with a new-look division that will have a few traditional pushovers, the Devils look like the bottom of the bunch.   8th place in the Metropolitan Division.

We will be previewing every NHL team ahead of Training Camp which for most teams will begin on Sept 11th.  As a twist, we will be unveiling our teams in reverse order to how I predict they will finish in the standings.  Here is the schedule:

1Sept 9Sept 8Sept 7Sept 6
2Sept 5Sept 4Sept 3Sept 2
3Sept 1Aug 31Aug 30Aug 29
4Aug 28Aug 27Aug 26Aug 25
5Aug 24Aug 23Aug 22Aug 21
6Aug 20Aug 19Aug 18Aug 17
7Aug 16Aug 15Aug 14Aug 13
8Aug 12Devils