Why Nico Hischier, Devils expect offense to come

October 17, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Nico Hischier expects to the points to come with the Devils.

NEWARK -- The points are coming.

Nico Hischier, the Devils' No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has two assists through his first five career games, but he and the Devils expect to score sheet to fill up sooner rather than later.

After Hischier went for four goals and seven points in four preseason games, it would have been natural to expect that run to carry over. With the way Hischier has played so far, points would just add to what he has brought to the ice.

"This kid helps you win games, and he can help you win multiple ways. If he continues to progress and play the way he's played, his points will come, his goals will come," Devils coach John Hynes said. "The most important thing and why we drafted him: he helps you win. He helps your team play really well and he continues to do that. We'll help him out with things we see, maybe he can access his speed better in certain areas. But when you have a guy like him ho helps you win, that's how you judge him." 

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Hischier is still tied for third on the team in shots with nine, and he continues to find himself playing on the power play and among the top-six forwards. 

Throughout his time with the Devils, Hischier has always said winning is the most important aspect for him, and he's made a positive impact with his possession and puck-handling abilities across the ice.

"We want to win games, and we're 4-1, so team success is always happier for me," Hischier said. "The rest will come. If you play the game the right way, the rest will come, and if you win games, that's one way that shows you you're already playing the game the right way."

Hischier is still just 18 years old, too, and he played in five games over eight days to start his career. While he's still making adjustments, the game and play is what he expected.

"It's a highly intense game, a lot of speed and a lot of physical play," Hischier said. "It's basically what I thought."

In Monday's practice, Hischier skated on the top line with Taylor Hall and Drew Stafford, so the Devils are willing to give him opportunities to produce. From what Hynes has seen across the ice so far, he has no reason not to.

"He's an offensive player that wants to score," Hynes said. "I think when you look at his game, he's played on the power play and done well there, he's generating a lot of chances 5-on-5. He looks very good the d-zone for young guy, he knows his responsibilities."

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Former N.J. Devils head coach selling his Madison home for $1.27 million (PHOTOS)

October 16, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Even though Peter DeBoer was fired nearly three years ago by the Devils, his Madison home just hit the market this month.

His career moved to the West Coast after he was fired by the New Jersey Devils in 2014, but former head coach Peter DeBoer is just now putting his 3,023-square-foot Madison home on the market for $1.27 million.

The listing was first reported by Realtor.com. The home officially went on the market Oct. 2.

DeBoer, now the head coach for the San Jose Sharks, bought the home, which was built in 2008 and has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, in 2011 for just over $1 million, shortly after he was hired by the Devils.

DeBoer went 114-93-25 during his tenure as the Devils coach.

While DeBoer accepted the head coaching job from the Sharks in May 2015, his family made a decision to stay behind in their Colonial-style home in the Morris County borough.

With three teenage children, DeBoer and his wife, Sue, decided it was best for the children that they continue their adolescent years in the New Jersey home and not be uprooted to California, according to a New York Times story published in February

"It's funny, their lives really don't change," DeBoer told The Times. "They're living in the same house, with the same friends. The only difference is I'm not there. For me, it's been a dramatic change. You come home from work and you're used to your wife and three kids and that daily busyness and connection. And you don't have that anymore."

But the family did admit then, they weren't sure how much longer they would be in the Madison home.

"We're just going to kind of play it by ear and watch it unfold," Sue DeBoer said. "There's no script to it."

It appears the DeBoers intend to move on from New Jersey now that the home has hit the market.

Before listing it, the DeBoers put some work into the home. Their realtor, Kristin Winter of Coldwell Banker, told Realtor.com, that the family finished the third floor, which could be used as an office, additional family room, or fifth bedroom, and the basement, which has a full bathroom and "lots of storage options."

The home also has a fenced-in, private backyard, and is located close to schools, the center of town, shopping and transportation, according to its listing. (DeBoer even took NJ Transit from Madison into Manhattan when the Sharks played the New York Rangers and New York Islanders last November, according to The Times.)

Property taxes for the home were $18,754 in 2017.

Joe Atmonavage may be reached at jatmonavage@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @jatmonavageNJFind NJ.com on Facebook