Devils overturn Giants to complement young corps, adds Smith

Following the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2022–23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, New Jersey Devils:

2021-22 Season: 27-46-9, seventh in the Metropolitan Division; Did not qualify for Stanley Cup playoffs

major arrivals

flip ondrejF: The 31-year-old signed a five-year contract on July 14. He had 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 77 regular-season games last season and 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 Stanley Cup playoff games. , He won the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021. , Vitek VenesekiYes: The 26-year-old was acquired on July 8 in a trade with the Washington Capitals and would compete to play over time. Mackenzie Blackwood, Venacek, who was a banned free agent and signed a three-year contract on July 19, was 20-12-6 with 2.67 goals-against-average, .908 percent saves and 42 games (39 starts) last season. ) with four shutouts and 1-1 with a 4.21 GAA and .863 save percentage in the post-season games. , john marinoD: The 25-year-old was acquired with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 16 in a trade for the defenseman ty smith and a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Marino had 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) in last season’s 81 regular-season games and one assist in seven playoff games. , eric houlaF: The 31-year-old was acquired with the Boston Bruins on July 13 in a trade for forward Pavel Zacha. Houla had 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 61 regular-season games and three points (one goal, two assists) in seven playoff games the previous season. , Brendan SmithD: The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 13. He had eight points (four goals, four assists), 73 hits and 40 blocked shots and four points (one goal, three assists) in 45 regular season games. ) in 14 playoff games last season. , Andrew Shyamala, associate coach: The 48-year-old, who was hired on July 15, is expected to play the power play. He finished second in the voting for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year, after leading 51–18–6 after a 7–0–0 start in the regular season, replacing Joel Queneville on 29 October. are. Florida won the presidents. trophy last season for having the best record in the regular season (58–18–6).

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major departure

Ty Smith, D: He had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 66 regular-season games last season and 43 points (seven goals, 36 assists) in 114 NHL games. … Pavel Zacha, F: He had an NHL career-high 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games last season. , PK in SubeD: The unrestricted free agent had 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 77 games last season.

on the cusp

Alexander HoltzFThe 20-year-old, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, had two assists in nine games with the Devils last season and 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games with the Utica of the Americans. Hockey League. , Simon GermanD: The 18-year-old, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, signed a three-year entry-level contract on July 14. In his third season with Nitra in the Tipos Extraliga, the top professional men’s league Slovakia, he had 26 points (one goal, 25 assists) in 39 regular-season games and 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 19 playoff games. , Fabian ZetterlundF: The 22-year-old, who was the number 63 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will challenge for a full-time roster spot last season after eight points (three goals, five assists) from 14 games with the Devils. He had 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 58 regular-season games with Utica and eight points (two goals, six assists) in five playoff games. , Nolan FooteF: The 21-year-old, who was the number 27 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, had four points (three goals, one assist) from seven games with the Kay Devils and finished seventh with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists). In 55 matches with Utica last season.

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what do they still need

Depth to score further and more consistently. Trade (6-foot, 194 pounds) helps for the overturn, but New Jersey may need to find another force to make room for the centers nico hishier And Jack Hughes, Waynesec Mackenzie provides depth behind Blackwood, but the Devils look best in the position that hurt them last season (against a 3.68 goal-average, 29th in the NHL).

They said

“You can go back a few seasons when we talk about some adults around our kids. We think we’re doing this as our kids are maturing and understanding the next steps in their careers.” It’s a super exciting time for the new Jersey Devils.” , General Manager Tom Fitzgerald

imaginary focus

Venacek is the top 25 fantasy goalkeeper in NHL.com’s rankings for this season as he goes by a timeshare Ilya Samsonov For a potential starter for the Devils coming in (eight straight post-season appearances) to a perennial playoff team at the Washington Capitals. Since entering the NHL in 2020-21, Vanecek is tied for 15th in wins (41 in 73 decisions), 13th in shutouts (six) and even-power save percentage (.915; minimum 50 game) in 24th place. Made him a fictional sleeper before even more workloads this season. – Anna Dua

Estimated Lineup

Ondrej Palt – Nico Hishier – jesper bratt

Yegor Sharangovich — Jack Hughes — dawson mercer

Tomas Tatar — Eric Houla — andreas johnson

jesper boquist , Michael McLeod , Nathan Bastian

Jonas Siegenthaler , Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Graves , Damon Severson

Brendan Smith – John Marino

Mackenzie Blackwood

Vitek Veneseki

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