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2017-18 NJ Devils Season

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Everything New Jersey Devils during their '17-'18 campaign.

 

@MadDevil

I will be watching this team a little closer than normal this year for two reasons:

 

1-- I have invested in a few Devils players for my fantasy hockey teams this year (Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall, and Cory Schneider). In seasons past, I have steered clear of NJ players.

 

2-- I really do think this team has a shot at a post season berth.

 

I realize fans such as yourself know very well the defense still needs lots of work, but I think they got the forwards headed in the right direction and the defense may not have to be great in the Metro this year...but just do enough, while Schneider does his usual outstanding job in net.

 

Nico Hischier (above) looks like he belongs in the NHL and there are some other players I never heard of, but look damned good out there (at least in the first game against Colorado), and I am talking about Will Butcher and Jesper Bratt.

 

I think both the Rangers and Caps may have taken steps backwards in the Metro, the Isles are the Isles, the Flyers and Canes will be scrambling themselves to try and make the post season (IMO they have no better shot at the post season than NJ does...probably all three teams on par with each other in that regard), so that leaves Pittsburgh as the only 'complete' and close to a lock in the Metro to make the post season.

 

I think that is good news for the Devils as things look like they could have opened up for them.

Now they gotta do their part.

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Hmmm.....Bryce Salvador on the analyst panel between periods and on the Devils' post game show.

 

Fans may have wanted him off the team ON the ice, but he really seems to know what he is talking about hockey-wise wearing that suit.

And I never realized what a good looking man he is too! :eyeroll:  

 

Hopefully, Deb Placey can keep her hands to herself...... :shifty:

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I'm honestly just blown away by Jesper Bratt. 19 year old 6th round picks just do not normally look that mature. The kid has been fantastic on the PK through the preseason, and all he does is score a couple points in his first NHL game.

 

All three rookies (Hischier, Bratt, Butcher) had strong games today. The more I watch Nico the more I can see he models his game after Pavel Datsyuk. He's got that same kind of smoothness to his game, and is really damn good defensively for an 18 year old. The kid just looks like a Devil.

 

Oh, and look how much better the defense moves the puck without Ben Lovejoy. Please take note Hynes, and do not revert to having him playing 20+ minutes a game.

 

The only negative from the game today was Palmieri getting injured. I don't think Johnson intended to go knee-to-knee on him, but it really did not look good for Palmieri. It sucks because he was playing like a man on a mission through the preseason.

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21 minutes ago, MadDevil said:

I'm honestly just blown away by Jesper Bratt.

 

 

 

 

Me too!

And I didn't even know who he was before this game.

 

In fact, I was so impressed, I added him as my FOURTH Devil for fantasy hockey...dropping Montreal's Andrew Shaw in favor of him. :shifty:

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Only two games (and we are talking the Avalanche and Sabres here), but these young new Devils look pretty darned good out there.

 

Fast, with a nose for the net, even decent defensively, allowing Cory Schneider to give the top of his head some rest by not having to stand on it for 60 minutes straight!

 

But even when the defense breaks down, Mr. Schneider is there to make the stops he needs to. He looks quite refreshed from what he looked like last year.

 

For fantasy hockey purposes, I am quite happy with Schneider and my newest addition, Jesper Bratt.

I expected Schneider to have good numbers but Bratt, whom I mentioned I never even knew about before, is certainly a nice surprise.

 

Very nice 6-2 win against Buffalo to back up their earlier 4-1 win against Colorado.

 

Yea, yea, I won't be hanging my fantasy hockey season with NJ based on two games (and neither should the real NHL team), but I gotta believe this is quite the encouraging start for Devils fans to be witnessing right now.

 

Starting Wednesday though, business, as some say, will pick up.

NJ will be facing the high powered offense of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, come back home to face Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie, Holtby and the rest of the Capitals, go across the Geo Washington Bridge to Madison Square Garden to face the hated Rangers, then back across that same bridge back to Newark where they will receive a visit from another high powered offense, none other than my very own Tampa Bay Lightning, with Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman, Johnson and Brayden Point all in tow!

 

The New Jersey Devils will find out a bit more about themselves after that little stretch I would think.

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Can somebody check Bratt's birth certificate to make sure he's not actually 25 instead of 19? It's incredible how good this kid looks. How many teams trust a 19 year old 6th round pick to not just kill penalties, but create offensive chances while doing so?

 

It's just so refreshing to see speed and creativity, compared to the usual Devils dump-and-chase slogfest of the last several years. I don't know how long the fun will last (they haven't exactly played powerhouse teams), but I'm going to enjoy it while it does.

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13 hours ago, MadDevil said:

 

 

It's just so refreshing to see speed and creativity, compared to the usual Devils dump-and-chase slogfest of the last several years. 

Years? YEARS?????? don't you mean decades, lol??

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8 hours ago, yave1964 said:

Years? YEARS?????? don't you mean decades, lol??

 

The 2011-12 team that went to the Cup Final played a more attacking style than most Devils teams, but that was the last team I would say was "exciting" since the team that went to back-to-back Finals (when the boring, trapping Devils finished in the top 2 in goals for both seasons).

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Here we go, Devils fans.....three games in, the team is doing well, but they now face their toughest test in the very early season: the undefeated, but more importantly, HIGH scoring, Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Nice wins against the Avs and Sabres, but frankly, those teams don't feature the kind of attack that the Leafs will likely bring tonight.

 

That said, the Devils themselves look faster and more dynamic, and the Leaf defense still hasn't proven itself to be fool proof either.

So there may be a seam or three the Devils can exploit.

 

I think NJ has an edge in goal but the Devil D is gonna have to play alert and smart to maximize Cory Schneider.

 

Not a large sample size, but the NJ PP is currently at #1....if that really is going to mean something for them, tonight would be a good time to prove it as Toronto's OK sits at 19th....again, small sample size.

 

Looking forward to this game tonight.

 

Every year, I take a team outside my own (TB, Min) to be a pseudo fan of.

In the past, I have done so with Edm, Cgy, Ana, NYI, NYR, etc.....this year, it will be the NJ Devils, as they finally have players who make watching their games fun again.

 

And since I do play fantasy hockey, I even invested in some Devils players as well.

Schneider, Henrique, Hall, and Bratt.

 

So far, I have NO Leaf players on my squads, so no conflict of interest in this one.

 

Let's go boys!

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Now this is the Cory Schneider I know and love. I don't know what he did in the offseason but he looks so much more steady in there than he did last season. Of course it helps to get 15 goals of support in just 3 games.

 

The team as a whole just seems fired up about this season. They're sticking up for each other like they didn't last year. They're still giving up more shots than I'd like, but that's going to happen when you open it up with a still pretty mediocre defense corps.

 

Even if it does end up going sideways at some point at least they won't be boring and lose, which is an improvement on the previous 5 years.

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Debs, along with Colorado, have to be the big early surprises. Both teams are playing some really good team hockey. 

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What is this scoring goals thing the Devils are doing? 

 

Nico finally breaks through with a pair of goals against Ottawa in a nice come from behind win (thanks to OT specialist John Moore). The kid has been everything advertised. He's not quite strong enough yet, but he's so damn smart and is just tenacious on the puck. He reminds me a bit of Parise in that regard. His defensive play has, for the most part, been incredible for an 18 year old. He and Hall seem to be finding some chemistry, which is nice. As much as I have a soft spot for Zajac, it's nice to see Hall playing with a highly skilled and creative center.

 

Also, Will Butcher has been a fantastic signing so far. He's just so calm with the puck and is making passes I don't think the Devils defense has made in years. He's not the fastest guy around but you can tell he's got a high hockey IQ.

 

The Devils are actually fun to watch. Who would have ever thought that would happen?

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@MadDevil

 

Congrats on your team beating the Lightning the other day.

It took a shoot out to do it, but they got it done when in the past, a team with the firepower of Tampa Bay would have likely buried a Devils team that didn't have some of the players it has now.

 

So that makes two high powered offenses (Toronto and Tampa Bay) that the Devils not only keep pace with, but defeat as well....then last night's win against the Senators (who have been pretty stingy in goals allowed), putting up a 5-spot against them.

 

Sure, the Devil D may still need work, but as we have all seen by now.....New Jersey has things going in the right direction, and they are damned exciting to watch.

 

Jesper Bratt though.....cooling down? Looks like it.

Hopefully John Hynes doesn't tinker too much with the team's formula and just continue to let the young guys do what they do.

 

And tough loss on Cory Schneider not being able to finish the Sens game.

Last I heard, DTD, so hopefully it won't be a long term thing.

 

Keith Kinkaid finished the game pretty well, but Schneider is definitely part of the exciting recipe the Devils now have....and they surely will need him if they have any shot of making the post season.

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      I'm honestly just blown away by Jesper Bratt. 19 year old 6th round picks just do not normally look that mature. The kid has been fantastic on the PK through the preseason, and all he does is score a couple points in his first NHL game.   All three rookies (Hischier, Bratt, Butcher) had strong games today. The more I watch Nico the more I can see he models his game after Pavel Datsyuk. He's got that same kind of smoothness to his game, and is really damn good defensively for an 18 year old. The kid just looks like a Devil.   Oh, and look how much better the defense moves the puck without Ben Lovejoy. Please take note Hynes, and do not revert to having him playing 20+ minutes a game.   The only negative from the game today was Palmieri getting injured. I don't think Johnson intended to go knee-to-knee on him, but it really did not look good for Palmieri. It sucks because he was playing like a man on a mission through the preseason.
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      Only two games (and we are talking the Avalanche and Sabres here), but these young new Devils look pretty darned good out there.   Fast, with a nose for the net, even decent defensively, allowing Cory Schneider to give the top of his head some rest by not having to stand on it for 60 minutes straight!   But even when the defense breaks down, Mr. Schneider is there to make the stops he needs to. He looks quite refreshed from what he looked like last year.   For fantasy hockey purposes, I am quite happy with Schneider and my newest addition, Jesper Bratt. I expected Schneider to have good numbers but Bratt, whom I mentioned I never even knew about before, is certainly a nice surprise.   Very nice 6-2 win against Buffalo to back up their earlier 4-1 win against Colorado.   Yea, yea, I won't be hanging my fantasy hockey season with NJ based on two games (and neither should the real NHL team), but I gotta believe this is quite the encouraging start for Devils fans to be witnessing right now.   Starting Wednesday though, business, as some say, will pick up. NJ will be facing the high powered offense of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, come back home to face Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie, Holtby and the rest of the Capitals, go across the Geo Washington Bridge to Madison Square Garden to face the hated Rangers, then back across that same bridge back to Newark where they will receive a visit from another high powered offense, none other than my very own Tampa Bay Lightning, with Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman, Johnson and Brayden Point all in tow!   The New Jersey Devils will find out a bit more about themselves after that little stretch I would think.
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        The 2011-12 team that went to the Cup Final played a more attacking style than most Devils teams, but that was the last team I would say was "exciting" since the team that went to back-to-back Finals (when the boring, trapping Devils finished in the top 2 in goals for both seasons).
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