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The New Jersey Devils welcomed in one of their new additions to the organization on Thursday, and it was like nothing we’ve seen before.
The New Jersey Devils welcomed their newest star defenseman P.K. Subban to the organization on Thursday afternoon. His girlfriend, Olympic skier and gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, was in attendance with their dog Lucy. It was a major difference in the way players have been welcomed to the team in the past. It is nice to see a guy like this come to the team and make such an impact off the ice already.

Subban is already one of the faces of the franchise and he hasn’t even attended a training camp yet. The press conference for this guy was like nothing that any other player has received. The Devils content team has also been all over it. He is their header on Twitter, they have tweeted about Subban all day, and not just him but his dog too. Lucy is already starting to become the team dog.

He said all of the right things during his press conference and made everyone really happy to have him here. He believes this team is going somewhere quickly. P.K. is obsessed with the idea of winning the Stanley Cup with the Devils. He admittedly has high expectations of himself both on and off the ice, so we are all hopeful he lives up to them.

Subban had a bit of a down year by his standards in 2018-19, but he was also on a Nashville Predators team that was a loaded on defense as any team in the National Hockey League. When he gets to play games with the Devils, he is far and away the best defenseman on the team and will certainly play a much bigger role. It has been many years since the Devils have had a defenseman of this caliber.

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This press conference got us all very excited for hockey to come back. It can’t get here soon enough, but when it does P.K. Subban will be a part of our team. The Devils are going to use his face for a lot of things media related. This trade has transformed the national view of the Devils completely.

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There are other guys to market like Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri, and Jack Hughes, but P.K. will get his fair share of promotion. This could cause the Devils to gain lots of respect both on and off the ice. This press conference is a sign of things to come for the Devils. They have fully embraced the P.K. Subban mindset, as they should.

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As NJ Advance Media continues its trek through the potential Devils depth chart for the 2019-20 season, it’s time to turn to right wing.

After exploring centers and left wings, we’ll now take a deep look at what’s suddenly a very crowded field at right wing.
Kyle Palmieri will be back as a top-six staple, and the Devils added Wayne Simmonds in free agency. Here’s a look at how they and everyone else could fit into the fold.

Kyle Palmieri

When the Devils were a lot thinner on the wing, Palmieri often jumped between the top line and the second line as coach John Hynes aimed to balance out the scoring. That’s not to say Hynes won’t move Palmieri around at some point if things get stagnant for a stretch in 2019-20, but the added depth and talent on the roster will allow Hynes to routinely roll out Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri as the team’s top trio without sacrificing depth scoring.

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Devils left wing depth chart: How does Nikita Gusev fit in behind Taylor Hall?

Taylor Hall is a lock to be the New Jersey Devils’ top line left wing in 2019-20, but there will be plenty of competition for spots behind him.

When grouped with Hall and Hischier, Palmieri helped make the trio one of the most efficient lines in the league. The three have great chemistry together, and it’s a safe bet to see them reunited to start the season.

Jesper Bratt

With the departure of Marcus Johansson late last season, it seemed like a safe bet Jesper Bratt would slide over to his natural left side in the top six, with Wayne Simmonds potentially jumping onto right wing on the second line after his signing with the Devils in free agency.
But now with the addition of Nikita Gusev, the Devils have another player capable of taking that left-wing spot on the second line. So where does that leave Bratt? He’s proved more than capable of handling top-six minutes in the NHL, and he’s done so playing right wing. The Devils could keep him there on the right side in a top-six role.

Wayne Simmonds

While Simmonds’ 5-on-5 play has dipped a bit during the past few seasons, he’s still one of the best net-front players in the league on the power play. Outside of Brian Boyle, the Devils didn’t have a player capable of consistently filling that role in 2018-19. Regardless of where Simmonds skates 5-on-5, he’ll see plenty of time on the power play in front of the goalie.

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The biggest question is where he’ll fit 5-on-5. If he’s healthy and back to form after an injury plagued him throughout last season, he could easily jump into a top-six role. At worst, he’ll be a player still capable of adding some scoring down the lineup.

Miles Wood

Wood, like Bratt, was listed with the left wingers on the depth chart, but he’s another player capable of playing on his off side. He often times skated with Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac on a line last season, so that could be a group that’s reunited on the third line.
John Hayden

While the Devils made plenty of big offseason moves, one of the smaller ones that hasn’t gotten a lot of talk was the addition of John Hayden, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for John Quenneville at the NHL Draft. He’s a veteran of 113 NHL games over the past three seasons, and he can add a gritty presence while chipping in some scoring in the bottom six.

Adding Gusev and Simmonds to the core of wingers made the competition for roster spots at the bottom of the roster much tougher, but Hayden is someone capable of filling a role on the fourth line.

Jesper Boqvist

Boqvist was listed on the left wing depth chart, but he’s also capable of playing on his off side. Left wing will likely be his clearest path to a spot in the NHL, especially this season, but he’s worth mentioning here.

Joey Anderson

Anderson and the next two players made their NHL debuts last season and got plenty of time with the Devils down the stretch. Now they’ll be in competition for one of the final roster spots.

Anderson played his best hockey early in the year prior to suffering a broken ankle, but he started to round out his game again toward the end of the season. He’s a hard worker and competitor, and even in a bottom-six role, he could bring a solid element to the lineup.
Nathan Bastian

Bastian is another big, physical player who will make a name in the NHL by using his size to grind out shifts and offense. He showed some promising flashes in his seven NHL games, and he, like Anderson, could fill a spot in that bottom six.

Michael McLeod

In terms of skill and offense, McLeod has more upside than Anderson and Bastian, and he’s an equally hard worker. Though he’s been developed as a center, he played some right wing in the NHL last season. With a strong showing at camp, he could earn a spot if the Devils seek to build a more skilled fourth line.

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The New Jersey Devils are going to need to create a steady line for Jack Hughes to play on in his early NHL days, so who can the Devils provide?
There are a lot of options for the New Jersey Devils when it comes to who will play on a line with first overall pick Jack Hughes. Hughes is a highly skilled playmaking center who will need some skilled wingers on his line to help him along in his rookie year. The Devils have lots of players who are good options to be on a line with Jack and make sure he has the best possible year.

There is a possibility that he plays on any of the top three lines with New Jersey. With his level of skill, there is very little doubt that he will be in the top-9. There is actually a really good chance that one of the top two lines is where Hughes calls home not long into the year. With Nico Hischier being there, along with Travis Zajac and Pavel Zacha as solid bottom-six centers, Hughes is walking into a situation with a lot of depth.

Whoever makes up the wingers on a line with Hughes, will pretty much decide what number line Hughes is on. This is a potential situation that the Devils have two lines someday that would be top lines on any team in the league. That is the best-case scenario because it means that both Hischier and Hughes reached their full potential and are the type of franchise centers that you can build around. These are the wingers that have a chance to play with Jack at some point this season at even strength:

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It is still summer, but hockey season is almost among us with pre-season not far off. With the New Jersey Devils addressing the center position from Jack Hughes, adding Wayne Simmonds to build skill and depth on the mid-6 right wing. Then you add John Hayden to be the gritty right winger on the bottom 6. Also the right defense was immediately bolstered via trade with PK Subban now the first pairing right handed defender.

 

The things that I see the Devils lacking is a reliable left handed defender that can move the puck and play a near 200 foot game. The Devils have guys like Mirco Mueller on the team that might not always pan out but due to the right circumstances a trade might occur to make the left side much better. However there are players Ray Shero might be going for if other teams are either too cash strapped or see potential in younger veteran players that can make the jump to play in Top 2 pairing minutes.

Another point of interest I find troubling is that if Cory Schneider can’t always be healthy and you have Mackenzie Blackwood, and Gilles Senn around on this team. There are a lot of teams that either have a plethora of defensemen that can’t stick on the team, or contracts that are due by July 1st in upcoming seasons. Well this is what Ray Shero’s calling card has been and always will be to add as much ammunition to this growing Devils roster. These are just hypothetical ideal trades that could be on Shero’s target.

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Following his trade to the Devils from the Vegas Golden Knights on July 29, new winger Nikita Gusev opened up about his crazy summer in his home country.
In a wide-ranging interview with Igor Eronko of Sport-Express in Russia, Gusev touched a variety of topics, including his relationship with the Golden Knights prior to the trade, his reaction to the Devils and what he expects when joining the NHL full time next season.

The Russian interview can be roughly translated via Google Translate, giving a general sense of Gusev’s answers.

Eronko also fully translated a few select answers on Twitter, starting with Gusev’s thoughts on his talks with the Devils before signing in New Jersey.

“The (Devils) showed me they very much need me. It’s very important for me and it tells a lot,” Gusev said, according to Eronko’s translation. “I followed them because my friend (Egor) Yakovlev played there so I have an idea what kind of a team it is. With all the new players I’m sure we can play well and win.”
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— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 2, 2019
Following the trade and signing with the Devils, Gusev also talked on a conference call, with the help of a translator, with Devils GM Ray Shero, coach John Hynes and others.

That introductory meeting help set the groundwork for the working relationship between player and team, though the two sides didn’t dive into the nitty-gritty or specifics of his role in New Jersey.

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Gusev, a right-handed shooter, played left wing in the KHL. And while the idea of playing right wing in the NHL wasn’t discussed on that conference call, Gusev said he would be comfortable on either side.

“Nobody asked me in the (Devils) if I could play RW, but I played there before,” Gusev said, per Eronko’s translation. “Maybe on small NHL rinks it would be more comfortable for me to play RW.”
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— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 2, 2019
While Gusev is still conducting his offseason training in Russia, he said he tries to spend about one hour each day learning English from a teacher to help him transition to his first season in North America.

Gusev has played in his native Russia during his entire pro career, even after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft. His rights were traded to Vegas in 2017 prior to the team’s expansion draft, and after signing a one-year entry-level contract with the Golden Knights in April, the team did not have the cap room to ink Gusev as a restricted free agent this summer, leading to his trade to the Devils.

Like any player transitioning to the NHL from the KHL at any point, Gusev will have a transition to make playing on a smaller ice against an uptick in competition. He still has a high bar for his personal goals.
When asked about his own expectations for production in the NHL, Gusev didn’t put a number on himself, but he wants to chase the 128-point season just completed by fellow Russian Nikita Kucherov, who won the MVP award with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Is it a good bar? I will reach for (Kucherov),” Gusev said, via Google Translate. “And there already how it will turn out – maybe not all at once, but of course there is a goal.”

 

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Like every NHL player, Devils defenseman Connor Carrick is busy preparing for the 2019-20 season. He’s in the middle of his offseason training regiment to prepare for his first full season in New Jersey following his trade to the team in February.
In the video above, Carrick takes viewers through a typical day of training in his hometown of Chicago, while also providing some insight into his life and views on what it takes for him to improve as a hockey player and person.

This day also happened to include Carrick signing a new contract with the Devils. The two sides agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal on July 16, avoiding arbitration.

Carrick gave some insight into the negotiations between his camp and the Devils, and the defenseman had plenty of incentive to get a multi-year contract done, rather than getting a one-year deal at arbitration.

“You’ve got a team that just decided to put stock in you for 24 months based off of six weeks of play,” Carrick said. “That’s a pretty good vote.”

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Signing the deal came later in the day, well after he hit the ice for training. He began with warmups at 9:34 a.m. before skating for nearly two hours. He followed that will body treatment, which included massage and acupuncture.

After signing his contract, Carrick performed off-ice training in the afternoon, where he said he focused more on agility and speed rather than just adding muscle.
“Training for athleticism transfers better to strength than training for strength transfers to athleticism,” he said.

Carrick talked about the idea of finding ways to improve his mindset both on and off the ice in his training and day-to-day life. At past points in his NHL career, he felt he wasn’t making the most of his development, and he’s worked on ways to be more consistent with it.
“Scarcity is a real thing. There’s 31 teams. There’s X amount of defense jobs,” Carrick said. “And in general, the career can be high pressure and high stress. At any given moment, if I just sit back and actually just focus on moments that were really special to me, people that are really special to me. All the work and effort that’s gone into how I’m here in the first place. There’s not a lot of issues that are not completely resolved in actually practicing feeling grateful.”

During a celebratory dinner at his house after signing the contract, Carrick also described his daily diet. Almost all of his calorie intake comes via organic meat, fish and vegetables, and he has a very low-carb diet.

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There was no ‘Luck of the Irish’ for the Devils on St. Patrick’s Day in Colorado

Two goals from Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in the second period sealed the Devils fate in the Mile High City with Nathan MacKinnon adding an empty net goal as Colorado and New Jersey split their season series 1-1 and halts the Devils win streak at two. The stop in Colorado was the Devils final visit to a Western Conference team this season.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. Defenseman Will Butcher returned to the city where he played three years of college hockey at the University of Denver. Another connection for Butcher to Colorado is his draft. Butcher was drafted by the Avalanche in 2013, before electing to sign with the Devils as a free agent two summers ago. Butcher visited his alma mater on Saturday night before the Devils took on the Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

Butcher was held off the scoresheet and was held shot-less against Colorado in 17:04 of play.

2. Entering the lineup for New Jersey was Nick Lappin who sat out the teams last two games due to injury. Lappin skated on the third line with Drew Stafford and Blake Pietila. Lappin played 10:49 against Colorado.

3. The first period ended with a 0-0 draw, with Cory Schneider a big part of that goose-egg for the Avalanche. The Devils netminder’s first 20 minutes of the game ended with 13 saves, including a big shorthanded save on Avs Matt Calvert that Schneider saved with the top of his shoulder on a sharp wrist shot from Colorado forward with a knack for scoring shorthanded. The Devils were outshot in the first period 13 to 5.

4. Kevin Rooney had one of the more dangerous shots for the Devils in their matinee matchup. It came on Rooney’s only shot against Colorado netminder Philipp Grubauer. Rooney was fed a tape-to-tape pass from Kenny Agostino with Colorado’s Tyson Barrie attempting to break up the play. Rooney perfectly angled his stick for the deflection, but the shot was stopped by the tip of Grubauer’s blocker to deflect the puck wide.

5. There was no luck-of-the-Irish for the Devils power play against the Avalanche. Despite four opportunities, including three consecutive chances in the second period, New Jersey failed to record a power play goal, stymied by the Avalanche. Severson led the Devils in man-advantage ice-time with 5:01 of ice time.

6. On two separate occasions in the first period, the Devils penalty killers had to go to work without one of their biggest contributors. With Blake Coleman in the box twice, the Devils killed off both power plays awarded to the Avalanche in the first.

The Devils penalty kill was three-for-three overall against Colorado. Andy Greene, as per the custom, led the Devils in shorthanded ice time with 4:51 on the ice.

7. Schneider’s afternoon was a busy one, making 31 saves on 33 shots over the course of the games 60 minutes. He kept the Devils in the matchup with some huge saves and was unlucky on the Avalanche’s second goal by Tyson Barrie when Barrie’s point shot deflected off two Devils, Damon Severson, and Travis Zajac, and into the net behind him.

8. Damon Severson ate up the most minutes against the Avalanche with 24:18 of ice-time. And he leads the Devils in shots on goal with five against Colorado. With those five shots on Sunday afternoon, he tied a season-best set on January 19th against the Anaheim Ducks.

9. The stop at Pepsi Center ticks off the final venue this season the team had yet to visit. It also put the Devils in a unique situation. With 31 teams in the NHL, the Devils have played games in 32 NHL rinks this season, as well as 33 different venues. New Jersey played the Islanders earlier in the year at both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, while the team held their season opener against the Oilers at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series.

10. The Devils final long road trip of the season comes to a close after four consecutive games in the Western Conference with a 2-4-0 record. The Devils have just two road trips left this season, with stop a stop in Detroit, as well as a two-game trip to Carolina and Florida for the final games of the year.

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NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider from the injured list on Monday ahead of the team’s seven-game road trip, which starts Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.

The 32-year-old Schneider is recovering after offseason hip surgery. He has not played in any of the Devils’ eight games this season. Keith Kinkaid has started and played in all eight games so far.

Schneider, an 11-year NHL veteran, is in his sixth season with New Jersey after spending the first five years of his career as a backup with the Vancouver Canucks. Schneider was traded to New Jersey on the day of the 2013 draft for the No. 9 overall selection. In 2014-15, Schneider was a workhorse, playing in 69 of the Devils’ 82 games, posting a 2.26 goals-against average and winning 26 starts.

Schneider skated with the Devils during Monday’s practice after spending the last week doing rehab work with the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton, New York.

“It’s been a long road back,” said Schneider, who played in only 40 games last season because of injury. “I did things the right way and didn’t rush it. That got me through it. I just needed to get some live action first before coming back here. It’s fun to be back with the guys.”

Schneider will accompany the team to Tampa but will serve as Kinkaid’s backup for Tuesday’s game. Devils coach John Hynes didn’t put a timetable on Schneider’s return to the net.

“He’s going to play at some point,” Hynes said. “We’ll take it day by day. We have a lot of games coming up, so he’ll get in. I just don’t know when. But he will not start (Tuesday).”

Hynes was encouraged by what he saw from Schneider in Monday’s practice.

“Cory looked good,” Hynes said. “It was the first time he had his own net.”

Schneider knows he’s not in any rush to return.

“Keith has done a great job in goal,” Schneider said. “When he needs a break, I have to be ready. It’s a big trip. It has been tough just watching the guys. But it’s fun to be able to compete again. I know I won’t be 100 percent for a while, but if I stay on top of things with my rehab, I can play. I’m more excited than anything.”

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After the 3pm NHL trade deadline passed reports came out that the New Jersey Devils have acquired Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2019 3rd round pick and a prospect, thought to be J.D. Dudek.
Patrick Maroon will bring much needed offensive help to the Devils, especially with Marcus Johansson still sidelined with a concussion. This season Maroon currently has 30 points with 57 games played. Last season he scored a career high 27 goals and a total of 42 points as the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2006. He also had 8 points in Edmonton’s 13 playoff games. In his career Maroon has 26 points in 42 playoff games.

As well as the ability to generate points and scoring chances Maroon will bring some size and grit, over 300 hits last season and this year, whether he plays in the top-6 or on the 3rd line. He won’t be the tallest Devil but will be the second biggest body, Brian Boyle being the biggest Devil. As a team the Devils are averaging 46 hits this season. Patrick Maroon is currently at 119 for the season.

Another very nice move by GM Ray Shero. Bringing in another offensive talent with an eye for points in the postseason. Perhaps Ray should keep Peter Chiarelli on his speed dial when teams can start dealing again this summer.

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NEWARK – While Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri returned to the Devils’ lineup in Monday night’s 5-3 win over the Ducks at Prudential Center, Marcus Johansson, the third injured top-six forward, will likely be back on Thursday night against the visiting Rangers.

Johansson missed his fourth game with an ankle bruise and remains on injured reserve but participated in the Devils’ optional morning skate.

“We’re aiming for Thursday,” said Johansson, who has four goals and three assists in 15 games after being acquired from the Capitals in the offseason and also missed 13 games in November because of a concussion.

“It gets old sitting on the sidelines,” added Johansson, injured blocking a shot in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9. “I just want to get out there and play. I want to be a big part of it. You want to do what you love. But to get a few more days to get ready and get maybe to 100 percent, hopefully that will do the trick.”

Johansson said he is still dealing with some lingering pain.

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The Devils would need to open a spot on the 23-man roster to activate Johansson off injured reserve.

Captain Anderson

Forward Joey Anderson, 19, a third-round pick of the Devils in 2016 and a sophomore at Minnesota-Duluth, was named the captain of the U.S. Junior National Team for the upcoming World Junior Championships at Buffalo, N.Y. Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

“That was exciting for us as an organization,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “When you have your prospects be able to come in and play in high pressure situations it’s always a good thing but then to be voted captain of a World Junior team, it’s impressive for Joey.”

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New Jersey Devils center Joseph Blandisi (64) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Rich Schultz, AP)
Briefs

Right wing Jimmy Hayes was the spare forward and defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Dalton Prout remained healthy scratches. Prout was scratched for the 21st straight game and he could possibly be re-assigned to Binghamton (AHL) – if he clears waivers – when the Devils activate Johansson. …Ex-Devil Joseph Blandisi, sent to the Ducks on Nov. 30 along with Adam Henrique in exchange for Sami Vatanen, was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after being sidelined the previous four with an upper-body injury.