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October 29, 2020
Devils Army Blog Mid-Offseason NHL Power Rankings
Stanley Cup Favorites: The Colorado Avalanche have had a terrific offseason. (Photo via Jason Franson, The Canadian Press via AP) 1. Colorado Avalanche Somehow Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche got better this offseason. They added a solid middle-six forward in Brandon Saad and a vastly...
October 27, 2020
The Impact of Doc Emrick and His Legendary Broadcasting Career
Mike “Doc” Emrick retired from announcing a little over a week ago. (Photo via USA Today” Introduction Growing up as a New Jersey Devils’ fan meant if I wasn’t in a seat at Continental Airlines Arena, I would be watching the action from home courtesy of Chico Resch...
October 16, 2020
Top Remaining Unrestricted Free Agent The New Jersey Devils Should Target
Introduction After a few early moves, general manager Tom Fitzgerald has been eerily quiet. The market as a whole has settled down as well. However, despite this, there still remains quality unrestricted free agents on the market. Additionally, the Devils still have a few glaring holes the team...
October 9, 2020
Ryan Murray: A Solid Defensive Defenseman When Healthy
Ryan Murray was a former second-overall pick. (Photo via Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports) Introduction After a quiet draft day in terms of trades, New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald made a splash late Thursday evening. The Devils announced they traded a 2021 fifth-round pick to...
New Jersey Devils’ 2020 NHL Free Agency Preview
Introduction We are quickly moving through the 2020 NHL offseason. Just two days after the NHL Draft ended, NHL free agency is slated to begin. This year there will not be any “handshake” agreements in place before the actual signing period. Once noon on Friday, October 9th rolls...
October 8, 2020
New Jersey Devils’ Day Two/Overall Grades and Player Breakdown
Introduction The New Jersey Devils had to wait hours to make the team’s first pick of day. But, general manager Tom Fitzgerald did not disappoint. He started off by selecting a goalie which was highly rated by many. He ended the day by selecting three forwards and one defenseman. Fitzgerald...
October 6, 2020
New Jersey Devils’ 2020 NHL Draft Preview
The New Jersey Devils are slated to select seventh overall in the 2020 NHL Draft. (Photo via NHL.com) Introduction Get ready New Jersey Devils’ fans. The day we have all been waiting for is just about here, the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. In our most recent episode of Devils Army Cast, we broke...
October 2, 2020
NHL’s “Model” Defenseman, Do The Devils Have One?
Devils prospect Ty Smith and 2020 NHL draft prospect Jamie Drysdale were teammates together at the 2020 World Junior Championships. (Photo courtesy Jacob Bernard-Docker) Introduction Twenty years ago, you wanted a defenseman who could hit hard, was steady in their own end, and were okay...
October 1, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Torey Krug, Top Left-Handed Defenseman on the Market
Torey Krug, a longtime Boston Bruin defenseman, will soon be an unrestricted free agent (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) Introduction You guessed it, today we are covering another defenseman in our free agent profile series. Today we profile Torey Krug, a longtime Boston Bruin defenseman and a...
September 30, 2020
A Closer Look at General Manager Tom Fitzgerald’s Recent Interview
Tom Fitzgerald was named the New Jersey Devils’ permanent general manger earlier this offseason. (Photo via Jess Starr of Jess Starr Photography) In case you missed it, New Jersey Devils’ general manager Tom Fitzgerald conducted an interview with NJ.com. During this interview he...
September 24, 2020
The New Jersey Devils Should Not Be A Trade Destination For Jack Eichel
Buffalo: The City It is hard to think of a gloomier city in North America than Buffalo, New York. The tundra of upstate New York is cold and snowy a majority of the year. Some even say, the climate forces the residents to live in igloos and hunt for Cariboo. Sleds and snowmobiles are their...
September 22, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Brenden Dillon, Potential Free Agent Bargain Defensive Defenseman
Brenden Dillon has played for the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals. (Photo via Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) Introduction My most recent free agent profile focused on forward Craig Smith. Someone that can be described as a “value signing.” Value signings, as was...
September 21, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Mike Hoffman, Power Play Specialist
Panthers Forward Mike Hoffman is an expiring UFA this summer (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Introduction In 2019-20, the New Jersey Devils were flat out bad. The team held a record of 29 wins, 30 losses, and 12 overtime and shootout losses. Even despite the post-all-star game success...
September 18, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Craig Smith, Vastly Underrated Depth Forward
Forward Craig Smith has spent all nine-years of his career in Nashville. (Photo via NHLPA) Introduction Our free agent profile series has largely focused on defensemen, as that is not only the biggest need for the New Jersey Devils but also the strength of the pending free agent class...
September 15, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Tyson Barrie, Two-Way, Scoring Defenseman
Tyson Barrie is set to become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo via JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI-USA TODAY SPORTS) The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a bizarre situation. The team seems good, but never good enough to win it all for a fan base that has been impatiently waiting since the late 1960s for another...
September 9, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Braden Holtby, Overrated Washington Capitals’ Goaltender
Braden Holtby won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Introduction There’s a saying in hockey, goalies are weird. One season they will be at a Vezina Trophy caliber level, stopping almost every shot that comes their way. And the next...

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